‘The Wraith’ with Chris Nash

TheWraithPosterTitle:
The Wraith
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
Mike Marvin
Written by:
Mike Marvin
Starring:
Charlie Sheen as Jake /The Wraith
Sherilyn Fenn as Keri
Nick Cassavetes as Packard
Randy Quaid as Sheriff Loomis
Matthew Berry as Billy
Clint Howard as Rughead
Chris Nash as Minty
Griffin O'Neal as Oggie
David Sherrill as Skank
Jamie Bozian as Gutterboy

By Bo of Last Blog on the Left

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Charlie Sheen strikes a pose as The Wraith.

 

Pre-screening memories: It’s the same old story… boy shows up on a motorcycle, runs afoul of the local toughs, gets involved with the main baddie’s girlfriend and cleans up the town.  But what made The Wraith so special was the fact that the boy in question is a ghost (sort of) and the manner in which he sweeps the streets is with a cutting-edge (at the time) pace car while wearing a jumper with tubes attached.  What these tubes are for, where they go… all part of the mystery and majesty of The Wraith.

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The Dodge Interceptor

When I first saw the film, I was confused and bewildered by the oddity of its characters, the vague back story of a young boy cut down in his prime by the town’s marauders, and, mostly, by the appearance of Charlie Sheen as a ghost with the coolest car I’d ever seen to that point.  In all honesty, it’s still a pretty sweet ride…

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New memories: Far from a technically perfect film, The Wraith is proof that no one sets out to make a cult film.  It’s too weird to be simply a racing movie, and too chockfull of racing to be a sci-fi thriller.  It creates its own subgenre – the ghostly vengeance by car film.  And, for that alone, it deserves to be seen by any cynic who claims there are no new tales to tell.

Download Natsukashi’s ‘The Wraith’ podcast right here

or steer down below and listen on the site.

Our featured guest: Chris Nash

chris_in_wraithThough he originally came to Los Angeles in his teens to further his passion for music, Nash’s chiseled good looks soon landed him roles in television and, soon after, film.His big break was 1985’s underrated comedy Mischief, in which he played the new bad boy in town who struck up a friendship with his nerdy high school neighbor.He followed that film with a series of “almost was” features, including Modern Girls with Virginia Madsen and Daphne Zuniga, Satisfaction with Justine Bateman and Julia Roberts and our featured film, The Wraith, the debut film of a young Charlie Sheen.

Chris continued to work in front of the camera in various series, TV movies and films, but soon disengaged from the industry and returned to his true passion music.He has since worked behind the scenes, writing music, helping with film scores and supporting his 10-year-old son Dylan, who fronts the acclaimed band Automatic Youth.

We are very grateful to have Chris return to recall his time spent working on this film and wish him and his son much success in their future endeavors.

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7 Comments

  1. Thank you for the interview and all the others.

    I loved them all, and enjoy the site to no end.

  2. Thanks for listening. It’s posts like your that keep us going.

  3. I always loved this movie and I was so excited / jealous when Bo told me he was getting to do it. 🙂 I knew this baby by heart back in the day but I haven’t seen it in years because I misplaced my well worn VHS copy at some point over the years. I was so happy to hear the audio clips and the great interview with Chris. Thanks for reawakening the memories as usual, Rob.

    • Even though I still am not sure what is going on throughout this film, it remains fascinatingly watchable to see just what direction it will spin off into.

  4. LOVED the interview and thanks for “finding” Chris. I only wish you posted a current picture of him!

    • You may find one or two if you track him down on Facebook (wink, wink)

  5. Great review, it was cool to catch up on what Nash is up to now. We’ve often wondered what his whereabouts are. I help restore one of the movie prop cars from the film, one of the interceptors. We also have the original Wraith suit worn by Sheen. If anyone is interested, you can just Google “the wraith car” and it should come up easily. It’s been cool going through the process and reintroducing fans to old relics like that!

    Again, great work!

    ~Wes


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