Hell's Highway (plus Signal 30, Highways of Agony, Options to Live)

Directed by Bret Wood

Year: 2002
Running Time: 91
Color Type: Color and B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Subjects: Film Studies
Booking Inquiry Shop Home Video

Hell's Highway (plus Signal 30, Highways of Agony, Options to Live)

Crew
Directed by Bret Wood


Critically acclaimed upon its 2003 theatrical release, Hell's Highway: the True Story of Highway Safety Films recovers a missing chapter of American film history as it examines the fascinating and shocking driver education films of yesteryear.

Produced between 1959 and 1979 by a group of volunteers in Mansfield, Ohio, these films promoted safety by presenting color footage of careless driving's dark consequences: blood-stained wreckage, injured bodies, fresh corpses. In the 1970s and '80s, these films disappeared from the American classroom and assumed an almost mythical status among those who had once seen them. Hell's Highway unearths these artifacts of grim Americana and interviews the filmmakers responsible for this radical educational movement.

Hell's Highway also explores the driver's ed film on a wider scale, with scenes from more whimsical classroom films and interviews with such pop culture historians as ephemeral films archivist Richard Prelinger and cult video impresario Mike Vraney. But even the most innocent educational film was shadowed with potential dangers: cinematic manifestation of society's darkest fears.

Reviews

"Unnerving and much fun!" -- A. O. Scott, The New York Times

"Weirdly nostalgic...viscerally unsettling!" -- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu. Interested in bringing Hell's Highway (plus Signal 30, Highways of Agony, Options to Live) to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please visit our site or contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on May. 8 2021 at 1:14pm
RT' @gablescinema': EMILY' @' THE EDGE OF CHAOS interweaves unique animation with live performance by beloved philosopher-comic Emily Levine, w…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 8 2021 at 1:14pm
RT' @BobBalaban': Make sure to see EMILY' @' THE EDGE OF CHAOS featuring' @LilyTomlin',' @JohnLithgow', & Matt Groening, opening tomorrow in virtua…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 8 2021 at 1:14pm
RT' @JohnLithgow': EMILY' @' THE EDGE OF CHAOS, a new film by my good friend, the late Emily Levine, will be released tomorrow. No one could ma…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 8 2021 at 1:14pm
RT' @WorldSciFest': In EMILY' @' THE EDGE OF CHAOS, philosopher-comic Emily Levine uses her custom blend of insight, humor, provocation, and in…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 8 2021 at 1:14pm
RT' @NYWIFT': EMILY' @' THE EDGE OF CHAOS interweaves live performance by beloved philosopher-comic Emily Levine, whose TED Talks have been wat…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 7 2021 at 4:23pm
RT' @BeNaturalMovie': We’re excited to be named a #PeabodyNominee:' https://t.co/r1aBIoBNnO' #PeabodyAwards highlight the best storytelling acr…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 7 2021 at 2:11pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming August 3rd! No Time for Love (1943) • NEW Audio Commentary by Film Critic Nick Pinkerton • Theatrical Trailers…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 7 2021 at 10:40am
“Completely hilarious!” – Lily Tomlin EMILY' @' THE EDGE OF CHAOS from beloved philosopher-comic Emily Levine opens…' https://t.co/52CqD0vaAk'
'@KinoLorber' on May. 7 2021 at 10:00am
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming August 3rd! Arise, My Love (1940) • NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Kat Ellinger • Theatrical Trailers…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 6 2021 at 8:42pm
RT' @billyjarrettugh':' @KinoLorber' coming through as usual' https://t.co/p0jqsrMhdG'
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
Email: edu@kinolorber.com