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12th-May-2011 12:12 pm
So at LepreCon this weekend, probably at the "Killing Your Characters" panel, matociquala was talking about the Demon Logging Truck that cruises Hollywood movies looking for convenient victims, and I said, "It's the truck from Duel!"

There's a problem with this, of course, in that at the end of Duel, the truck goes over a cliff, and we see the wreckage. Truck and truck driver, both dead.

But I realized while I was out walking this morning that the problem is resolvable, without leaving the world of B-movies. Because Christine establishes that a man with a sufficiently unhealthy relationship with his vehicle can make that vehicle demonically self-propelling and self-repairing. Roland LeBay does it by killing his wife and daughter in his Plymouth Fury, and you know, I can't believe that Dennis Weaver's character was the first victim of the Truck and her driver. So post-1971, the trucker may be dead, but the Truck can just keep on killing.

And she's found her apex-predator niche, too, as the Homicidal Plot Device.

The Truck always wins.
12th-May-2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
When I was a slip of a girl, about 37 years ago, I drove over 30 miles on a narrow two-lane behind a, although perhaps not the, demon log truck. She had a double trailer, and the logs on the rear trailer stuck out over the back end about six feet. I gave up all hope of passing when I saw what happened to the Ford Mustang behind me that got impatient and pulled out to pass us both. The driver cut back in before the oncoming livestock hauler full of hogs hit him, but I suspect his car seat, as well as his trousers and underwear, was a total loss.

Do not mess with demon log trucks.
13th-May-2011 12:09 am (UTC)
There's a Stanley Ellin story about that.
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