‘Rubber’ Trailer Is Crazy, Absurd Fun

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:45 am,

robert the tire rubber Rubber Trailer Is Crazy, Absurd Fun

Think of the most absurd idea you’ve ever seen for a movie – was it a demon possessed car killing people, a group of killers being hunted on an alien planet or perhaps it was a rich man in battle armor swooping around the city beating up bad guys?

Regardless of all the absurd movie premise ideas you’ve encountered, none can compare to the idea behind Quentin Dupieux’s upcoming indie horror film, Rubber. The movie has been playing at film festivals overseas since last year and has garnered a lot of praise and attention for its originality and its creative vision of a killer.

Up to now, the teaser trailer and images from the film didn’t really help tell the story of Rubber but the trailer below really gives a better look at the tone and humor audiences can expect to see on-screen. Take and look and see what you think:

Just in case it wasn’t entirely clear from the trailer, here is the official synopsis for Rubber:

RUBBER is the story of Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert, and suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes without having to move. At first content to prey on small desert creatures and various discarded objects, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path. Leaving a swath of destruction across the desert landscape, Robert becomes a chaotic force to be reckoned with, and truly a movie villain for the ages.

Dupieux says this film is a tribute to the cinematic concept of “no reason”. That is to say, why is there a rimless tire rolling around the desert killing people? Why does the tire have telepathic abilities? Why is the tire named Robert? The answer: no reason, it just is.

Rubber was written and directed by Quentin Dupieux and stars Stephen Spinella, Jack Plotnick, Roxane Mesquida, Ethan Cohn and Charley Koontz.  Magnet, a sister studio to Magnolia Pictures, has two other films besides Rubber coming out this year that we are looking forward to – Black Death and Troll Hunter.

I’ve seen other websites talking badly about this film and how absurd or “stupid” the concept of a killer tire is for a film. But these sites also complain about the lack of original material coming out of Hollywood, in the form of sequels, reboots and merchandise films based on board games, video games and toys.

Look, we can’t have it both ways – I say give Dupieux a chance and let’s see what he can do with Rubber. It may very well turn out to be an instant cult-classic.

Rubber rolls out On Demand February 25th, 2011 and in theaters April 1st, 2011.

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  1. “off the wall” does not “original” make.

    • If this is not “original” please find me a previous movie about a killer tire!

    • not every time, but this time yes.

  2. There is a difference between an original concept and straight up ridiculous camp. Is this some sort of parody of the constant calls for originality in movies? It sure seems like it lol.

  3. Bet this ends with the defeated tire being melted down at a condom company… 3 months later a guy’s getting it on with his girlfriend — he screams as we see blood stain the sheets — girfriend screams and starts to claomr her way (unsuccessfully) out of the room while the condom crawls out from under the sheets. All the issues with this scenario would fit right in with what we’ve jsut seen from the trailor above.

    • @greg – *snort*!

    • Sounds like a good idea for a sequel.

  4. ok this movie looks weird..

  5. Sounds like a one-note idea for a music video. Roger Corman by way of Samuel Beckett or Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes? Also bear in mind that Quentin Dupieux as Mr Oizo is responsible for “Flat Beat” and its accompanying antagonist Flat Eric, so “visionary filmmaker” he may not be, but “visionary puppeteer”, well that’s another matter.


    Not like Daft Punk at all then… Bloody lazy Frenchmen…

  6. looks really dumb but in a good way.

  7. Absurdalicious!

  8. possibly the best movie ever!!??

  9. Hey, I loved Snakes on a Plane, so why not this? LMFBO. Love movies that are supposed to be absured (not like the Sary Movie series… but rather mocking itself as it goes.)

    • **Scary** —- sheesh my typing is going down hill lately.

  10. You guys ever see the tv pilot called Heat Vison and Jack. You can prob find it on youtube.
    Jack Black stars as a normal guy who turns into a genius when the sun sets. His friend Jack is a talking motorcycle. Voiced by Owen Wilson.
    It was pretty funny.

    Then there’s The Dark Backward, starring I think it was, Judd Nelson. He wakes up one day and has a fully functional arm sticking out his back.

    • I’ve never seen that pilot, but on the childrens series “Yo Gabba Gabba” Jack black appears on an episode with a talking motorcycle, I believe Steve Zahn voiced the motorcycle though. It was a pretty crazy episode. I’ll have to check out that pilot sometime.

    • didn’t see the pilot, but the Dark Backward is truly awesome. Bill Paxton is great in it as well.

  11. Looks way cool. If it was a straight horror movie it would be stupid but it is obviously a horror comedy.

  12. Sounds really freaky, but I’ll take a story about a killer tire over a reboot of Lethal Weapon anytime!

  13. Now I really want to see this movie. It looks like campy good fun.

  14. I…………..man I got nothing to say. Straight to SyFy channel?

  15. Are you sure this isn’t a Good Year add?

    • LOL – product placement knows no bounds, except that no company wants to be associated with something that kills people. Maybe there’s another vigilante tyre that fits Robert a new one, as it were. Or, looking at it from the French angle, maybe the Michelin Man shows up to save the day…

  16. I don’t know what combination of drugs these guys were taking when they decided to turn this dream into a reality….

  17. I can’t believe someone funded this,I’ll be in even more disbelief if anyone pays to watch it.
    The sequel should be a story about rims and if they do a prequel it should be about a tyre making company.

  18. looks pretty funny to me I’d watch it :)