So it is strange after three theatrical features (Needham had THE VILLAIN coming out in July 1979 while he was filming this) that Needam would take the exit to the small screen to direct a CBS Tuesday Night Movie. For his fourth feature, Needham jumped behind (and in front of) the camera for the juicily titled DEATH CAR ON THE FREEWAY. I’d love to hear the story behind how this film got greenlit. $50 says industry veteran Needham owed someone a favor and said, “Sure, I’ll do it.” Also, the entertainment industry seemed a bit more forgiving in this era and let directors bounce more easily between the two mediums. Regardless of the film’s origins, Needham crafts an entertaining film that managed to haul in quite a few famous faces.