Wheels of Terror

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Wheels of Terror
Wheels of Terror.jpg
Genre Horror
Written by Alan B. McElroy
Directed by Christopher Cain
Starring Joanna Cassidy
Marcie Leeds
Carlos Cervantes
Arlen Dean Snyder
Henry Max Kendrick
Theme music composer Jay Gruska
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Richard Learman
Editor(s) Steven Cohen
Cinematography Richard Bowen
Running time 85 minutes
Production company(s) Once Upon a Time Films
Wilshire Court Productions
Distributor USA Network
Original channel USA Network
Original release July 11, 1990

Wheels of Terror (also known as Terror in Copper Valley) is a 1990 American television movie directed by Christopher Cain and starring Joanna Cassidy and Marcie Leeds. The film originally debuted on the USA Network in 1990. The film revolves around the unseen driver of a black Dodge Charger, (consisting of mixed year's makes 1971, 1974) kidnapping, molesting, and sometimes murdering young girls around the fictional locale of Copper Valley, Arizona and a bus driver who chases the car, after it kidnaps her daughter played by Marcie Leeds.

Marcie Leeds was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Cable Special.[1]


Laura (Cassidy) is a bus driver with a daughter named Stephanie (Leeds). When Stephanie is kidnapped by the driver of the Dodge Charger right in front of Laura, she starts chasing the car with kids still on the bus, in an attempt to get Stephanie back.

During the chase, Laura is pulled over by a motorcycle cop, allowing the car to get away. While he is talking to Laura, the car shows up and rams the cop, killing him. The car then speeds away with Stephanie leaning out the window, crying for help. Laura chases after the car again, despite the kids pleading for her to slow down. Laura loses sight of the car, nearly driving off the edge of a cliff near a bridge in the process. The car appears behind the bus and rams it repeatedly, trying to send it over the edge, but Laura manages to start up the bus and back it away from the edge. The car then speeds off and Laura goes back after it.

Laura tracks the car down at a construction site and lets the kids off, asking them to call the police at a nearby place. She then goes back after the car. Laura eventually gets Stephanie back.


  • Joanna Cassidy as Laura
  • Marcie Leeds as Stephanie
  • Carlos Cervantes as Luis
  • Arlen Dean Snyder as Detective Drummond
  • Henry Max Kendrick as Kellogg


  1. ^ "12th Annual Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 

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