This is more like things that go "Vroom! Vroom!" but at Things That Go Bump we aren't afraid to venture into sci-fi/action if some of our favorite horror/suspense elements are in place.
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Remember when Charlie Sheen was a young, up and coming actor? This one was in the middle of his Oliver Stone phase and probably in between cocaine binges and hooker parties and you probably missed it unless you were digging through the bargain bin or up late one night watching the SyFy channel.
Basic Plot Summary (Spoilers Herein)
This all happens somewhere in Arizona during the hair metal '80s. The plot is pretty simple. Basically, The Wraith is The Crow with cars, '80s hair metal, and hot women. Allow me to elaborate a bit.
A gang races people for cars and terrorizes locals. The gang is comprised of one person with a real name — the leader, Packard Walsh (played by Nick Cassavettes) — and a bunch of other misfits ranging from the super nerdy (Clint Howard's character) to just downright mean or weird. The ones with nicknames don't have real names which is the first clue that they are going to die (except Clint Howard — can't kill Opie's brother).
A new guy in town (Sheen) shows up on a motorcycle and makes new friends with other locals. He has a lot of scars on his back. (We'll come back to that.) One is the brother of the a guy killed by the gang (this is revealed through flashbacks in redlight). Sherilyn Fenn (super hot as always) is the obession of the leader of the gang and the former girlfriend of the guy who was killed.
The gang sees a super fast black car (Dodge M4S pace car) and challenges it to a race (without seeing the driver). We later learn this car is driven by The Wraith — the Wraith who's dressed in part Indy-car driver suit/part spaceman get up — a ghost of sorts sent to stand up to the bullying ways of the gang. The super fast black car not only outruns the gang member in the race, but turns around, and hits him in a head-on collision. A massive explosion takes up the screen.