Rejoice Halloween with Duel, The Scariest Automotive Film


A shot from the movie 'Duel'.

Once you consider Steven Spielberg motion pictures, you’re in all probability pondering of giant summer season blockbuster cultural touchstones like Jaws, E.T. and Jurassic Park. What you in all probability don’t take into consideration is a 40-year-outdated made-for-TV film with little or no dialogue and an 18-wheeler as the principle antagonist. However you’re lacking out.

Duel is Spielberg’s first film, and it might be one in every of my favorites. It’s additionally extremely scary, so what’s higher to observe on Halloween than a scary film? I’d argue that actually the scariest piece of automotive steel to grace the large display screen ever is the titular Peterbilt 281 that hunts down our protagonist, David Mann’s, trusty Plymouth Valiant.

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I received’t give an excessive amount of away in regards to the film, since you actually ought to observe it if you happen to’ve acquired a spare hour and a half right now. However, I’ll say this — a Jake Brake has by no means, ever sounded scarier than it does on this film.

One other factor: there’s no motive — or at the least no motive that’s actually discernible. That makes it even creepier. Mann is simply attempting to traverse the Mojave Desert, and he won’t be left alone by the Peterbilt and its mysterious driver. No motivation makes it all of the spookier.

Think of the famous line from Scream, “”Did we ever find out why Hannibal Lecter like to eat people? DON’T THINK SO! See, it’s a lot more scarier when there’s no motive, Sid.” That’s so much scarier than knowing why someone is doing something, isn’t it?

That reminds me… watch Scream after you watch Duel today. Now that is a Halloween double feature to die for.

You can rent Duel on a number of streaming services, but if that’s not your speed there are a number of full rips of the film on YouTube. I’m not telling you to try this, however as a journalist, I really feel it’s my obligation to let you already know that the total movie is on YouTube.

That little purple sedan and the large brown tractor trailer have it out within the desert, and belief me… you’ll be on the sting of your seat the entire time. Oh, and also you’ll by no means be capable of have a look at a rust 18-wheeler the identical approach ever once more. They can’t be trusted, because it seems.


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