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Black Cadillac
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by Scott Weinberg

"Enjoyably slick low-budget dark-highway thriller."
4 stars

With a new movie, one thing I usually check on is the director's previous work. Well, that trick won't work in this case. If you ever saw John Murlowski's early efforts "Amityville: A New Generation" and the Hulk Hogan flick "Santa With Muscles", you'd have no reason to expect him capable of a slick and sneaky thriller like "Black Cadillac". Apparently he is.

Movie fans love Randy Quaid. Their adoration is most likely borne from his "Cousin Eddie" character in the Vacation films, but if you look a bit closer at his extensive filmography it becomes clear that Quaid's just one hell of a character actor. Whether it's his goofball turn as humanity's last hope in Independence Day, his underrated and hilarious performances in the Farrelly Brothers' Kingpin and Bill Murray's Quick Change, or a few subtly touching moments in films like The Last Detail, Paper Moon or The Last Picture Show, this guy's been a Hollywood anchor for about 25 years.

Despite the fact that Randy's been in more bad movies than good, I still consider myself a big fan. He's just a big funny likeable lug. So when his name popped up on a flick at the Tribeca Film Festival, I made sure to check it out sight unseen. My brain whispered vague warnings about the Cheese Factor connected to Murlowski's earlier work, but that information only served to please me more: maybe this was a horror flick!

Though Black Cadillac would probably be best described as a 'thriller' and not an outright horror flick, the fact is it's a fast-paced and generally very entertaining little B-movie; precisely the sort of flick that will serve you well as a weekend rental or a late-night cable flick.

Those familiar with roadside nightmares such as Joy Ride, The Hitcher and (especially) Duel will find much of Black Cadillac comfortably familiar. Better than just a ripoff or a retread, Black Cadillac is simply a crafty little chestnut in its own right: three rowdy pals (heading back home from Minnesota to Wisconsin one late night) are mercilessly chased, harried and harrassed by a mysterious black car.

Things seem to be going their way when the trio picks up a seemingly affable cop (Quaid), but the audience will be able to tell right quick that something's amiss about the policeman. That devilish glint in Quaid's eye is a sign of plot twists to come.

Given the general quality of your average direct-to-video/cable flick, that Black Cadillac easily commands your attention for 90-some minutes speaks volumes on its quality. Proof positive that a low-budget (and mildly derivative) cat-and-mouse thriller can deserve your five bucks, Black Cadillac offers little more than kinetic chases, a few solid laughs, and Quaid at his most enjoyable - but surely that's good enough.

Laden with plot holes, twists, contrivances and red herrings, Black Cadillac hits the ground running and never really slows down. You've seen much of this stuff before, but here it's reimagined quite enjoyably - plus I believe I already mentioned the greatness of Randy Quaid.

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User Comments

12/24/09 FangBanger497 Entertaining movie. Great to watch on a vacation in the mountains/woods during the winter 4 stars
7/29/07 Matt Great! I love how the Caddy's exhaust burbles like a musclecar as it approaches them 4 stars
3/19/07 king i want the hitory of black caddilac 5 stars
10/03/06 Haras Shane and Jason were so awesome!!! I love they both... 5 stars
9/23/06 Zaw WTF 13 year old hangout here now!!?? Great movie! 5 stars
5/15/06 Natasha The best car chase/ college life flic! Jason Dohring is at his most innocent and sexy ever. 5 stars
11/23/05 Guy Well-acted, fast-paced, suspenseful, and creepy road trip horror thriller. 5 stars
11/02/05 tatum Not a bad little flick 4 stars
8/22/05 shanerules very good movie, shane was awesome 5 stars
8/15/05 mysterio You can't be serious, this movie was mind-numbingly boring. I wanted to die. 1 stars
6/16/05 brittany it really great 5 stars
5/31/05 Annie average goofy Randy Quaid flick 2 stars
5/22/05 Paige D. JOSH HAMMOND! MARRY ME!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
4/29/05 Stacy McQueen Suspense! Its good for a B movie! 4 stars
9/17/04 Sherry Ridenour Good, suspenseful movie, very spooky, something happening around every corner 5 stars
8/25/04 Chantelle watched it,and loved it by the way Josh is soooo fuckin hot 2 stars
8/24/04 Nina o ebba josh hammond is sooooooooo hot...!ih my god 5 stars
7/31/04 JT Josh Hammond is hot? What about Marije Droog!!! By The Way, The movie is fantastic... 5 stars
7/18/04 joey the movie rocks it is so good everyone should see it 5 stars
7/15/04 Angel josh hammond is hot i loved this movie!!!!! 5 stars
5/16/04 Jesse Slone I likes thismovie, why did it not go big??? 5 stars
4/22/04 Maria I really loved this movie. I saw it several times. 5 stars
4/13/04 Kevin Schroeijers I thought it was the guy that was knocked down in the bar... it wasn't.. great movie! 5 stars
3/15/04 Slosh Hammond Josh is my twin brother and this movie rocked! 5 stars
3/15/04 jason loved it 5 stars
1/28/04 Liss Josh Hammond is hot? What about Shane Johnson? Shane also does some impressive acting. 4 stars
1/13/04 Brian I think the movie was OK but it kind of sucked. 2 stars
12/20/03 jo straps I am Josh Hammond's cousin and this film kicked butt! It was eery and really good! 5 stars
11/30/03 Pat W Suprisingly engaging and funny! 5 stars
11/24/03 Diane Keeps you guessing, especially about Charlie, entertaining & funny at times. Worth a look. 4 stars
11/14/03 Lynne Kilii I enjoyed the snow and ice action scenes. Used to live in Minnesota. 5 stars
11/14/03 Jacque DuBois Randy does a nice job. 5 stars
10/25/03 John Baranyai This movie and is pretty scary because most of the action takes place on a lonely dark coun 5 stars
10/05/03 Kelli Sykes best movie! so scary! i felt like i was there with them! great acting and directing!!!!!!!! 5 stars
9/01/03 fil BORING 2 stars
8/19/03 Sherina Hammond I liked the movie it was great !! And Josh Hammond is totally hot !! 5 stars
7/21/03 samara and megan wicked, best in da world man 5 stars
6/22/03 Melissa Johnstone the film was average but josh hammond is beautiful 3 stars
6/08/03 Pat Walczak riveting 5 stars
5/23/03 Meredith Welling Really awesome movie! 5 stars
5/19/03 Drew Murlowski My Uncle is John Murlowski, And I Liked it 4 stars
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  14-May-2003 (R)
  DVD: 17-May-2005



Directed by
  John Murlowski

Written by
  Will Aldis

  Shane Johnson
  Josh Hammond
  Jason Dohring
  Adam Vernier
  Randy Quaid

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