Bellflower features homebuilt Mad Max-style cars – Click above to watch video after the jump

Bellflower is the story of two friends named Woodrow and Aiden. They enjoy preparing for a perceived forthcoming global apocalypse by building muscle cars and flamethrowers. As one would be want to do in such a situation. The dynamic shifts when Woodrow meets a girl and falls in love. Woodrow and Aiden begin to move into different circles, and so opens a rabbit hole of love, anger, betrayal and violence.

Why are we droning on about an upcoming indie flick? We're not movie critics, but we do love cars, and Bellflower features one of the meanest machines to grace the silver screen in some time. The car is known as Medusa, and it started life as a standard 1972 Buick Skylark. A supercharged Chevrolet 455 sits in the engine bay, and a pair of semi-truck grade exhaust stacks climb out of the trunk. With the flip of a switch, those stacks can spew 30-foot high flames or engulf the surrounding area in smoke.

Medusa is essentially America's own Mad Max machine.

The film hits theaters on August 5, and initial reviews have been very strong. The trailer is waiting for you after the jump, as is a clip of Medusa entertaining the crowd at the recent SXSW festival in Austin.




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      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great trailer, I want to see it
      Whipnet
      • 3 Years Ago
      A Chevy 455??? Come on guys, you're an "auto blog" *
      Bethel03
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bellflower huh? Wonder if the director producer just happened to grow up in Southern California and cruise Bellflower Blvd. in the 70's...
        Jeff Glucker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bethel03
        The producing team looks a bit young... but they do live in Southern California.
        Mike M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bethel03
        I live in Bellflower and want to know more. Is the apocalypse going to start here? w00t for front row seats.
      ratpack
      • 3 Years Ago
      actually this car does not have 455 engine, it runs with chevy 350 engine. just take a look into this pic, you can see small glimpse of right valve cover + cylinder head, that's surely small block chevy. http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5264/5613236727_b42b660a57_o.jpg
      ratpack
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Medusa was built by filmmaker-engineer Evan Glodell for his move "Bellflower," an independent film that will be released in August. Described as a post-apocalyptic love story, the movie's centerpiece is the junkyard transformation of a 1972 Buick Skylark into a fire-breathing stormer. Vince Grashaw, one of the film's producers and actors, has been promoting the movie by driving Medusa to colleges around the country. Starting from a $2,600 Skylark bought off Craigslist, the producers added their car mods as they shot their independent movie, crossbreeding two of the most money-thirsty hobbies known to man. The Skylark's major modifications are the rear flamethrowers, with a 30,000-volt ignition system. The 350 V8 has been bolstered with a supercharger, and "Fast Five"-quality smoke comes from a bleach-spraying system on its rear wheels. There's also spy cameras built into the front and rear, a hydraulic rear suspension, roll cage and sawed-off shotgun in the trunk. The rear seats also fold down, in case it needs to haul any extra cases of whoopass.
      Blake Grady
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like it's going to be pretty good to me..
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Blake Grady
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      jonfnsweet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Got to love v8s rwd and no traction control
      _Ross
      • 3 Years Ago
      There was a Volvo 262C Bertone in there as well
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