Checklist of Terror 2019: Plausible Menace

Plausible threats, as opposed to supernatural or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence can be or has been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 413 plausible horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Crash!

A woman uses a magical charm to control cars with her mind.

 

United States
1976
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Dog
Catastrophes: 
Crash
Explosion
Wizards: 
Possessor
Evoker
2
Crash and burn...
6
2
5.04
6
1
2
1
Effects
Plot
Pace
To understand just how bad films about possessed cars can get, you need to watch Crash!. It’s completely disconnected from the audience. It’s cold. It’s unexciting. It has interesting stunts, let’s give it that, but the characters are so flat you never care for their safety. It’s a simple movie, yet it’s hard to follow. It would be much clearer without Akasa, the god of destruction…
Akasa, see, is a good luck charm the main protagonist holds in her hand at all times. When her ex-husband sends his dog after her, she crashes her car, hence the name of the movie. The accident makes her amnesic... sort of. Like it or not, this is Charles Band’s signature. He likes to turn the minuscule into supernatural elements of terror that become significant to the plot.
Some of the car chases, car crashes and various explosions happen without characters being actually involved. Large segments of this story have absolutely no incidence on the main plot. They are eye-candy. This film has a beginning and end, but only filler in the middle. If you’re looking for a car stunt ingestion, look no further. If you want more quality, then watch 1971’s Duel instead.
Alternate Titles: 
Death Ride
Devil Car
Akaza, the God of Vengeance
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