Transformers Dark of the Moon Megatron – A subtle nod to Duel?

Stephen Spielberg’s first breakout film was Duel, a movie about a menacing truck driver chasing down a hapless man in a red car.  It’s a great movie, often referenced in other films.  The truck was a big nasty oil tanker.

I believe I’ve found a new reference.  Slight spoiler here, but the Decepticon leader Megatron in Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon has a new vehicle mode.  He’s now a nasty looking truck.  Wait a minute…that truck looks a little familiar:

Not surprising, really, since Stephen Spielberg in the executive producer for Transformers.  But it does seem to me that Megatron is an homage to Duel, and a fitting one at that.

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