PLOT : A teen returns to earth as a cosmic evil spirit (or Wraith) to avenge his own murder
REVIEW: Ok, let’s admit it. As movie fans we all have that one movie we love despite the fact it’s “cheesy” or dumb. We will watch it over and over again. We will tell our friends about it and endure their strange looks. The Wraith is that movie for me. My affection for this film runs so deep that I once named a dog after the main character “Jake”.
Jake is played by a very young Charlie Sheen, long before he was “winning”. In Jake’s previous life, he was known as “Jamie” and during a moment of passion with his girlfriend (played by Sherilyn Fenn) he is stabbed to death by Packard and his car gang. The universe allows Jamie to come back to earth, this time as a teen who is a futuristic race car driver with a turbo charged car who seeks out Packard and his gang and races them to the death. Confused yet? Don’t worry; you won’t be with this film. It is easy to follow and truly fun if you don’t take it too seriously.
The soundtrack is pretty good including “Where’s The Fire” by Tim Feehan and Ozzy Osborne’s “Secret Loser”. Some of the scenes set to music are reminiscent of old school MTV music videos.
Ron Howard’s brother Clint has yet another one of his goofy character roles in the film as Rughead. Ryan Oneal’s son has a bit part as Auggie. Randy Quaid plays Sheriff Loomis.
Fun Fact: Nick Cassavetes who plays Packard will go on to direct the movie “The Notebook” with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Matthew Barry who plays Billy Hankins will go on to be casting director for “The Notebook”.