The Ambulance (1990)

91m 16s (UK – video)
“recorded in Ultra Stereo”, English
Reviewed at The

An American horror film directed by Larry Cohen.

Plot Summary

Comic book artist Josh Baker meets a woman, Cheryl, in the streets of New York and takes an immediate shine to her. But when she suddenly collapses, an ambulance picks her up and drives off with her. Josh finds that she wasn't admitted to any local hospital and starts to investigate, finding that she's just the latest in a series of victims who have been abducted by the ambulance and vanished into thin air.


Directed by: Larry Cohen
© MCMXC [1990] Esparza/Katz Productions, Inc.
Epic Productions and Sarlui/Diamant present an Esparza/Katz production. A Larry Cohen film
Produced by: Moctesuma Esparza and Robert Katz
Associate Producer: Barbara Zitwer
Written by: Larry Cohen
Director of Photography: Jacques Haitkin
Edited by: Armond Lebowitz and Claudia Finkle
Music by: Jay Chattaway
Sound Mixer: Rolf Pardula
Costume Designer: Sylvia Vega-Vasquez
Make-up/Hair: Theodore Mayes
Special Effects Make-up: Rob Benevides
Production Designer: Lester Cohen

Eric Roberts (Josh Baker)
James Earl Jones (Lt. Spencer)
Megan Gallagher (Sandra Malloy)
Richard Bright (McClosky)
Janine Turner as Cheryl
Eric Braeden (the doctor)
Nicholas Chinlund (Hugo)
Red Buttons as Elias Zacharai
Jim Dixon (Detective “Jughead” Ryan)
Stan Lee (Marvel Comics editor)
Jill Gatsby (Jerilyn)
Martin Barter (street gang leader)
Laurene Landon (Patty)
Matt Norklun, Rudy Jones (ambulance drivers)

Alternative Titles

L'Ambulance – French title
A Ambulância – Brazilian/Portugese title
Ambulans – Polish title
Ambulanssi – Finnish video title
Ambulanssi – tappava apu – Finnish title
L'ambulanza – Italian title
Hitna pomoc – Serbian title
Into Thin Air – shooting title
Szirénázó halál – Hungarian title

See also
Masters of Horror: Pick Me Up (2006)


Samhain no.33 (July/August 1992) pp.20-23 – illustrated article (Gone to the Dog by John Gullidge)
Starburst no.151 pp.38, 39 – illustrated review

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.469 – credits, review
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.16 – credits