Oh no, not another 1980s-teen-drama-action- space-invader-that-drives-a-racecar-but-is-the-real-hero-movie!
The trick to watching this cult classic wannabe is not to. But if you like having that good old friendly upchuck feeling at the back of your throat on occasion and you don't do porn, then The Wraith is upchucktastic!
The Cover says it all friends. Staring Charlie Sheen, Randy Quaid, Sherilyn Fenn (hot), and Nick Cassavetes. With Music Performed by Ozzy Osborne, Billy Idol, and Robert Palmer. Are you pumped yet?
Okay, like you, when I read the cover of this I danced a bit in my chair but having watched the film it is actually more like an early episode of Saved by the Bell. Yet it isn't set in a high school but on the mean streets of a desert town?
Why the questions? Well because after watching this I still don't know what this "Wraith" thing actually is. IMDB.com doesn't even know what genre this film is, "Action / Horror / Thriller / Sci-Fi / Romance more." The film itself doesn't even know what is going on, "Rughead: 'This gang thing was okay when we had the edge, but now that there's that wraith out there that killed Oggie...' Gutterboy: 'A what out there, man?' Rughead: 'A wraith, man! A ghost! An evil spirit and it ain't cool.'"
Maybe it is the first invasion of the wraith from Stargate Atlantis minus the 80s-tastic suit and helmet? I'm not sure and if you can stand the vomit to watch this film, let me know. And could someone else explain to me how a "Wraith" wearing a motorcycle helmet could drive that Dodge MS4?
Damnit Mike Marvin (director/writer) what were you on? The only redemption The Wraith gets from this reviewer is that it is a love story with a bit of the old soft-core porn and Charlie Sheen plays the Alien. Boy, wasn't this a foreshadowing. I think someone owes me five bucks.
Directed & Written by: Mike Marvin
Cast: Charlie Sheen (Major League, The Chase), Nick Cassavetes (director of Alpha Dog and Blow), Sherilyn Fenn (Boxing Helena, Of Mice and Men), Randy Quaid (needs no references, he's Randy Fucking Quaid), Matthew Berry (Alpha Dog, The Notebook, and Mars Attacks), David Sherrill (Major League II, The Pigs), James Bozian (Con Air, Wishman), Clint Howard (if you don't know this man you should), and oh yes--a barely legal Brooke Burke.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 93 minutes (1hr and 33 minutes)
Average Film Rating: 4.5 out of 10
Bad B-Movie Rating: 2 out of 10
Bob-o-Meter Rating: My Eyes!!!... Why!?... Mehâ€¦ Goodâ€¦ Greatâ€¦ Yes!â€¦ Badassâ€¦ Awesomeâ€¦ Holy Shit, Man!