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DUEL

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Posted 29th October 2012 at 05:05 AM by ArgentoFan1987

Director: Steven Speilberg
Starting: Dennis Weaver

Here is my first film review. I will put up a spoiler tag when I think I am giving something away. So here it goes.

Yesterday was my very first viewing of Duel (which I think started as a Made-for-TV-Movie!), and it terrified me! As a passenger who has witnessed annoying tailgating and been in an accident with another vehicle, I really related at how terrifying this could be.

Duel is about a man on his way to a meeting, played by Denis Weaver. Whilst driving, he gets stuck behind a ten-wheeled lorry (something I also relate to, having been stuck behind tractors a thousand times). After sneaking out in front of the lorry, the lorry driver gets a massive grudge against DW. What starts off as just mischievous toying with DW, becomes increasingly hostile
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, especially when DW pulls into a petrol station to get a fill up. As he gets the attendant to fill up the petrol, he decides to make a phone call to his wife and the lorry pulls up at the other side of DW's car as if he's waiting for him. The lorry driver continuously honks his horn, I think in order to scare the attendant as well as DW. As he steps out if his lorry all you see are his feet.


One of the strongest, and scariest points I this film ( for me anyway) was that you neve see the face of Lorry Driver. If made today, they'd show his face within LD's second scene!

The only two films this reminded me of were the excellent Breakdown and the shite Road Kill. It's not surprising that Speilberg went on to do Jaws, as it is a film of unbearable tension. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I can only imagine that The Master of Suspence himself was a massive inspitlration on this film. It's just a shame Speilberg doesn't make films like this anymore

This lorry, In my opinion, is one of the scariest movie 'monsters' I've ever seen. Gigantic, unkillable and he never gives up! It also helps that the long desert roads have very little passing traffic, as it makes his cries for help unheard. Even when he does meet other people [spoiler=mr. Lorry driver], mr. LD is still not afraid of getting his revenge and seems desperate to run over DW at any cost, even in front of a bunch if kids.

Well I can think of any more to say. I've think I've covered most of my opinions of this film so now for a rating.


8/10

Don't know what my next film will be. Perhaps you guys can give me ideas, after all, you have seen about a tenth of my collection

I hope you like this review. Feel free to tell me where I need to improve.

Fin.
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    Wes's Avatar
    Good stuff Marc, and if I had the film in my collection I would watch it now. It's one of those films where you're squinting to see more - who's behind the wheel of the truck - but Spielberg very wisely never reveals him. I love the dinosaur roar of the truck in the finale...
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    Posted 29th October 2012 at 07:30 AM by Wes Wes is offline
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    ArgentoFan1987's Avatar
    I loved that I DIDN'T explode. Went against my expectation.
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    Posted 29th October 2012 at 11:34 AM by ArgentoFan1987 ArgentoFan1987 is offline
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    Make Them Die Slowly's Avatar
    Nice review. Are you joining in on the Cult Lab Members Review thread. We need new people to take the piss out of, er, I mean post reviews.
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    Posted 29th October 2012 at 10:57 PM by Make Them Die Slowly Make Them Die Slowly is offline
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    ArgentoFan1987's Avatar
    I don't know. I'm not really good at reviews. This was just kind of a test. As I've had some harsh criticism about this view from someone, I doubt I'll be doing another one.
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    Posted 30th October 2012 at 06:45 AM by ArgentoFan1987 ArgentoFan1987 is offline
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    Hang on a sec Marc - someone gave you grief for the Duel review ?? I thought it was totally fine, it made me want to see the film again, and to me that's what a successful review is all about... Don't pay any attention to any Barry Norman-wannabe !
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    Posted 30th October 2012 at 09:03 AM by Wes Wes is offline
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    Make Them Die Slowly's Avatar
    Marc, don't let one arsehole put you off. You review is fine and a nice balance between fact and feeling.
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    Posted 2nd November 2012 at 04:28 PM by Make Them Die Slowly Make Them Die Slowly is offline
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    ArgentoFan1987's Avatar
    Thanks, guys. I'll try and post another one in the next few days.
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    Posted 6th November 2012 at 05:28 AM by ArgentoFan1987 ArgentoFan1987 is offline
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    Aye. Go for it loon!!
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    Posted 26th January 2013 at 11:43 AM by Demoncrat Demoncrat is offline
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