The Halloween season is upon us. The Yachimec Group would like to present to you Top 5 scariest cars in film history:
#5 Rusty Nail’s Long-haul Semi-truck – Joy Ride (2001)
“Candy-cane… Come in, Candy-cane…”
I’ve personally always found semi-trucks very ominous. There’s something about them that always got a little under my skin. They sit up higher than every other vehicle, often looking down on us, seeing things we can never see. You can’t even see who’s driving them half the time. Not to mention, the grill looks like an angry face. With eyes… teeth… angry, hungry teeth. As it drives towards you, it seriously looks like the truck wants to eat you. I mean… Come on. An angry metallic face driving at you at highway speeds. It’s terrifying.
Make/Model – 359 Peterbilt
Color – Black/Silver
Introduced 1967, the 359 Peterbilt was the first long-nosed conventional Peterbilt. The 3 in 359 is a label for any vehicle made by Peterbilt that features a dual drive rear axle .
NOTE* The movie Joy Ride (2001) was heavily influenced by the film Duel (1971), both in style and in story, even down to the truck, which was an earlier model 281 Peterbilt.
#4 The Creeper Truck – Jeepers Creepers (2001)
“Jeepers… Creepers… Where’d you get those peepers?”
Have you ever even seen this kind of vehicle on the road, let alone following you bumper to bumper on an isolated highway? Talk about freaky. Let’s not even talk about what comes out of the truck or what happens if whatever drives this monster mobile catches you. With that truck tailing you, whatever is driving inside will surpass what your imagination has cooked up. Again, much like with Joy Ride and the Semi-Truck, the grill of the Creeper Truck looks like it wants to chomp you up into little bits. Not to mention, the old, rusted look adds a sense of history and builds an entire persona around the vehicle.
I mean, the license plate on the truck says “BEATNGU” Did you catch that? BE. EATING. YOU…
Make/Model – 1941 Chevy
Color – Rusted Green
A souped up version of a 1941 Chevy COE equipped with Cow Catcher at the front. A fairly common farming truck, aged beautifully and rusted over to give it its iconic look. The cow catcher, basically a covered, breathable trailer, is used to capture and store dead bodies.
NOTE* I always thought the license plate read like “Beating you”, which is probably equally as terrifying.
#3 The killer car – The Car (1977)
“They all know nothing can stop the car…”
There is always going to be something inherently spooky about a car without a driver. It’s such a foreign and odd visual that hits us at a guttural level. There is no rhyme or reason to The Car, it just keeps going. It’s an unstoppable killing machine. The costume grill on the Mark III, like other vehicles on this list, makes it look like it has both eyes and teeth shaped in a sort of sinister grin as it chases you around. Laughing at you…. Happy as can be as it tries to run you over.
Make/Model – A customized Lincoln Continental Mark III
Color – Matte black
A rough and mean v8 engine with 350+ horsepower, the 71’ Mark III was the last of its kind ever produced. A lot of power packed into a large and menacing frame. At the time, Lincoln was not known as a rough and tough sort of vehicle. It was pure class and luxury, which made it even worse when it came barreling at you at 100 km/h.
NOTE* They did a parody of this car on an episode of Futurama, which was a lot of fun. It is also featured in the opening credits of The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror XXIV.
#2 Stuntman Mike’s Death Proof car – Death Proof (2007)
“… Remember when I said this car was death proof? Well, that wasn’t a lie. This car is 100% death proof. Only to get the benefit of it, honey, you really need to be sitting in my seat. “
Slam. Crunch. Yuck…
The idea of a car being death proof actually sounds kind of wonderful. When you factor in the idea that a homicidal maniac is behind the wheel, it makes things slightly less wonderful. With its dirty, matte black paint job, and no-nonsense style, the Death Proof car is menacing with any driver at the wheel.
Make/Model – 1971 Chevy Nova SS.
Color – Matte black
Packed into a tight frame, one of the smallest muscle cars built at the time, the Nova SS had 300 HP+ V8 engine. Imagine that screaming down a highway at speeds beyond the legal limit, you in the passenger seat, sitting on a bucket, no seat belt, nothing to grab on to when the driver hits the brake.
Stuntman Mike said it best, “I’m afraid you’re gonna have to start getting scared… immediately!”
NOTE* This movie was paired with the movie Planet Terror (2007) as a full-on double feature called Grindhouse (2007).
#1 Andi’s Fury – Christine (1983)
“You better watch what you say about my car. She’s real sensitive.”
Everyone remembers that feeling you had when you got your first car, the feeling of settling into the seat, of feeling like you’ve finally become whole. It’s a feeling that leaves you with a newfound sense of both pride, and vulnerability. Sure, people get attached to things growing up, a bike, a toy, a blankie, but few things really stick like a first car. Imagine establishing that kind of deep connection to something and being forced to come to terms with the fact that this thing you love so much is evil. Not just evil, but murderous as well.
Make/Model – 1958 Plymouth Fury
Color – Red/White
A sub-series of the Plymouth Belvedere, the 58’ Fury came with 300 horse power, packed into a 5.7L engine. A powerful piece of American muscle, Christine is hell-bent on knocking off her owner’s enemies one by one. Talk about dangerous… And methodical. It is for this reason that Christine lands on the top the list. Not only does it kill, but she has a rhyme and reason. Almost to the point that evokes some kind of empathy for the thing. Empathy for a machine… A machine that kills people. And that is something we can all be afraid of.
NOTE* Based on the best selling novel of the same name by Stephen King.
All the cars in Maximum Overdrive (1986)…
And remember, keep an eye out for those spooky headlights creeping up on you when you’re driving all alone on a desolate highway road.