The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)




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This first effort from acclaimed writer/director Peter Weir is set in the secluded rural town of Paris, Australia, where the chief source of income is provided by the orchestration of automobile accidents -- which frequently claim the lives of passing tourists, though those who survive are usually subjected to bizarre brain experiments by a loony local surgeon. One such unfortunate survivor is young Arthur, who remains in Paris after his recovery to work in the hospital, unaware (at first) of the circumstances which brought him there. Although there are many amusingly weird moments, this black comedy is a bit too deadpan for its own good and may be too talky and meandering for horror fans. A condensed version was released in the U.S. under the title The Cars That Eat People. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi


Kevin Miles (II)
as Dr. Midland
Max Gillies
as Metcalfe
Max Phipps
as Mulray
Edward Howell
as Tringham
Bruce Spence
as Charlie
Derek Barnes
as Al Smedley
Charles Metcalfe
as Clive Smedley
Frank Saba
as Con Lexux
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Critic Reviews for The Cars That Ate Paris

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

The Cars That Ate Paris is both part of that and a carnivalesque reflection of it. It's a complicated satire and a violent and eccentric classic.

September 27, 2018 | Full Review…

It resists rational explanation and has a lot of first-filmish lapses, but the mix of black humour and J.G. Ballardian kink is very distinctive.

September 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The whole thing is played too broadly, but home-improvement victims will appreciate the unending weeks it takes for a simple bathroom to be converted into a piece of avant-garde sculpture.

September 27, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The tone is beautifully sustained throughout, hovering just on the right side of conviction, with superbly understated comic performances from Camilleri and Meillon (the latter as a cosmically impotent mayor).

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Cars That Ate Paris is a strange affair. It's a dark comedy and it's satirical, but it's also quite, quite insane.

September 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

At the end of the story the young men rebel against discipline and use the stock cars to attack and destroy many of the wooden buildings in the town. I looked for symbolism here and failed to find it.

June 24, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Cars That Ate Paris

First off, this is Paris: Australia, not Paris: France. It's a charming little horror debut from Peter Weir that sits somewhere between Clockwork Orange and The Wicker Man. It is dated and would now be worth remaking, but for fans of Weir it's wonderful to see his early work.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

I found this movie confusing, slow, boring, and very strange. I wasn't sure if anything was actually going on. I wouldn't recommend seeing this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Horror movie genre that involves killing machines specially cars are mostly bad ideas to start with. This is an early film of director Peter Weir (Gallipoli). The plot is very laughable and the special effect is not even up to the standard of the 70's. What made this movie really shine though is the film quality and the music scores. The music in this film really stood out and definitely is worth listening while laughing your way through this cheesy, evil car film.

Jojo Shek
Jojo Shek

Super Reviewer

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