This month DVD Critics Corner shines the spotlight on movies that you may not have heard of. Cinematic gems that never made it to a theater near you. Films that have somehow slipped through the cracks, only to wind up in the mysterious phantom zone that is the instant queue of our Netflix account.
Title: SUPER HYBRID (2010)
Director: Eric Valette
Cast: Oded Fehr, Shannon Beckner, Ryan Kennedy, Adrien Dorval, Melanie Papalia
Genres: Horror Movies, Sci Fi & Fantasy, Monster Movies, Supernatural Horror Movies, Sci-Fi Horror Movies, Sci-Fi Thrillers
This Movie is (according to Netflix): Dark
Rating: PG-13 for some mild scares and sci-fi gore.
Netflix Synopsis: When a mysterious car rolls onto the premises at a police impound garage in Chicago, the unsuspecting mechanics — who are used to seeing some pretty hot wheels — come face-to-face with a killer specimen.
The Dealy: A while back DVD Critics Corner! devoted a blog post to some of the greatest evil cars in movie history, which you can read by clicking here.
Go ahead and read it. I’ll wait.
Are you back yet? Good. Wasn’t that insightful as well as entertaining? Not to toot my own horn, but I’m quite proud of that post myself.
Anyway, evil car movies are awesome because evil cars are awesome. They crash into things, crush stuff under their malevolent wheels, and despite their giant size and loudness have the amazing ability to pounce on dimwitted victims with ninja like stealth and expertise.
I mean lets face it, if you’re dumb enough to let a 3,600 pound bright red Plymouth sneak up on you, you don’t deserve to make it to the end of the movie.
So needless to say I was thrilled to discover a new evil car movie while I was cruising the Netflix listings: Super Hybrid. Granted, this straight to DVD flick is no Christine or The Car, or even Herbie Goes Bananas, but it does have a very evil car with some very unique powers and a mean streak a mile wide.
Speaking of evil cars, did I ever tell you about the time in high school my Datsun 210 ate my new Van Halen cassette? That car hated Van Halen.
As Super Hybrid opens, we are introduced to the title character, a mean looking black Chevy Nova that prowls the streets of Chicago looking for victims. The evil car doesn’t simply mow people down, it devours them when they get inside. And how does it attract victims? By changing into more desirable vehicles, like a slick new Corvette! So the evil car is a shapeshifter, a creature that constantly changes its physical appearance to lure its victims closer so it can eat them, much like the Mimic Octopus or Madonna.
Unfortunately, even diabolical people eating cars must obey the rules of the road, and the super bad Chevy is banged up in a traffic accident. It’s towed to a multi level impound facility that’s about to be shut down for massive renovations, because big cities like Chicago have millions of dollars laying around to spruce up their shitty Police garages.
As the skeleton crew assembles for the night shift, they soon discover the strange black car that was brought in earlier is not like the other wrecked police cruisers and impounded sedans parked in the dark garage. And when the evil auto starts picking everyone off while morphing into different cars and trucks at will, Tilda (Shannon Beckner), Bobby (Ryan Kennedy), and their dick boss Ray (Oded Fehr) must figure out how to defeat the killer Chevy before it devours everyone in Chicago, much the same way the Cubs have devoured the hopes and dreams of baseball fans for over a century.
Sorry, Cubs fans. Your team is not good.
Super Hybrid is a decent addition to the evil car horror movie genre, and the sci-fi inspired twist behind the car’s shape shifting abilities is pretty darn clever for a low budget direct-to-DVD film. So if you like your classic cars tricked out, souped up, and homicidal, feel free to add Super Hybrid to your Netflix queue.
And never get into strange cars no matter how awesome they look.
Yes, even if they offer you candy.
My God, how were you able to survive this long?
In this continuing series, DVD Critics Corner profiles the many people and things that have been possessed by an evil force in the movies.
Part One – Vehicles
A somewhat famous British man once sang: “Here in my car, I feel safest of all. I can lock all my doors, it’s the only way to live.” I’m not so sure how safe you’d feel if you were anywhere near the following cars that appear to be powered by more than gasoline. Lets take a look at some killer vehicles from some cinema classics.
Make/Model: 1958 Plymouth Fury
As Seen In: Christine (1983)
Possessed by: Something that really likes nerds
Cars are like women. You go easy on the upholstery and take them out once in a while, and you’ll be enjoying the ride for years. And like women, cars will violently murder anyone who crosses her and her man. Unfortunately, Arnie (Keith Gordon) learns the hard way that relationships, especially ones with demonically possessed homicidal cars, require boundaries. And Turtle Wax.
Make/Model: Heavily customized 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III
As Seen In: The Car (1977)
Possessed by: Demon that hates cyclists
In the opening scene the title character, a monstrous black sedan with double chrome bumpers and a loud truck horn mows down a couple of cyclists out for a ride along a rural canyon road. Now don’t get me wrong, murder is very bad, but sometimes those cyclists can be really annoying with their $8,000 bikes and jerseys with logos we don’t recognize. And they’re always talking about how incredibly fit they are. Who cares what your resting heart-rate is! Did you know they’re the ones who drink Michelob Ultra? Yes, it’s their fault that product exists. I’m not saying the evil death car in the movie was right. But it’s not very wrong either.
Make/Model: Dodge M4S Concept Car
As Seen In: The Wraith (1987)
Possessed by: Very mean space aliens
Judging by the slick armored suit he wears and the high tech supercar he drives, the Wraith’s quest for vengeance in the Arizona desert wasn’t forged in the fiery pits of Hell. My guess is the protagonist Jake was revived by aliens whose sole mission to earth was to help some poor bastard exact bloody revenge on those who have wronged him. Instead of “we come to this planet on a mission of peace earthlings” he got “Hey dude we found your dead body in the desert, how can we help you F those guys up?” I like that. We need more cool space aliens around here. I’m talking to you, floating glowing wussy aliens from Cocoon.
Make/Model: White Western Star 4800 Truck
As Seen In: Maximum Overdrive (1986)
Possessed By: Cocaine. Lots and lots of Cocaine.
WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHH! HUMANS, MAN, THEY’RE RUINING EVERYTHING!!!!! WE GOTTA RUN EM OVER MAN!!! WOOOOOOOOO!!! LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN MAN!!! CHOO CHOO!!! CHOO CHOO!!!
Make/Model: Custom built early 20th century European style touring car
As Seen In: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Possessed by: Satan
For decades adults and children have delighted in the grand adventures of this magical motorcar and his human friends, first as a movie and later as a Broadway musical. What’s not to love about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? The shiny brass accents, the rich wood trim, the whimsical engine noises. The way he flies through the air and swims the sea… all thanks to the Dark Lord Satan himself. Yes, only the antichrist himself could have designed and built such a fanciful machine empowered with a sinister ability to bend the will of the humans to do its bidding. One shudders to think when Chitty and his unholy master will bring the end of days to the earth and all its inhabitants, but to those few who survive the all consuming fire, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will truly be the envy of all he surveys.
Please note: The author of this article does not condone the murder of cyclists. He’s just jealous of them because he looks hideous in those bike shorts.