Dir: Quentin Dupieux
With: Stephen Spinella, Jack Plotnick, Wings Hauser
Running Time: 84 mins
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A tyre called Robert, abandoned in the California desert, discovers psychokinetic powers and starts killing people. If the premise for In The Shadows sounds familiar, then you probably wouldn’t say the same for Rubber. The third feature from Quentin Dupieux is a cult in the making which riffs gleefully on the likes of Duel, Carrie and The Hitcher while stroking its chin about the nature of storytelling and the irrational. There’s a filthy soundtrack, produced by Dupieux’s alter ego Mr Oizo and Gaspard Auge from Justice, and B-movie stalwarts like Wings Hauser spectating on the carnage, but the real star of the show is Robert. Who knew that a tyre could be so scary? We don’t tend to quote reviews here, but Karina Longworth’s summary (“batshit wonderful”) just about covers it for us.