Sunday, June 16, 2013

Duel (1971)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone

Runtime: 1:30

Rant: Steven Spielberg's feature length debut. Although not initially released in theatres, originally it was shot for ABC's Movie of the Week. It's classified as an action/thriller but anyone that's seen it would surely tell you it's a horror movie. A really solid one too.

David Mann, played by Dennis Weaver, is a salesman driving through the middle of nowhere on a business trip. All of a sudden this old shitty tanker truck tries crashing into him and railing him off the road. It's in broad daylight and there's all this open space and land but it makes you feel so claustrophobic it's sickening. He just can't get away from this guy. He tries everything. Stopping off at a restaurant, trying different routes. The truck is always one step ahead. They really give you the feeling that this thing is unstoppable. Jeepers Creepers obviously borrowed a lot from it.

I've come to find out I don't like narration in movies. Unless it's Scorsese or probably a few others. For some reason I just don't like it. Either say it out loud or express it on your stupid face. Fuck all the other shit. It's the only part I don't like, but it doesn't make me not enjoy the movie or anything. There's no blood, no tits, no profanity, but this is a really fun awful horror movie.

Fun facts: Some of the scenes were used as stock footage in The Incredible Hulk television series.

Horror film: 7
Entertainment: 7.5
Suspense: 8.25
Overall rating: 7.4