Close the door, turn the lights off and grab a spare pair of underpants. It’s that time of year again, and fresh out of the crypt we have lifted the coffin on some of the most frightening, spooktacular and quite frankly bone-chilling cars that ever graced Earth and beyond. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… I bring you the top 13 scariest cars!
Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters in at number 13. A modest spot for one of the most celebrated cars in movie history. Built by the Miller-Meteor company, the Ecto-1 is a ghostly modded 1959 Cadillac professional chassis – a somewhat ambulance/hearse hybrid, ironically. Most of us probably owned it in toy form, few probably had it turn up to the door of their haunted New York apartment.
12. Munster Koach/The Dragula.
A double entry here from The Munsters. What Halloween list is complete without them? Well, their collection of spooky vehicles has hit number 12. Their ‘every day’ vehicle, big enough for the whole family was the Munster Koach – the kind of thing you’d pop to Sainsburys on. But when the weekend hits and it’s time to take the rubber to the road, the Dragula is bound to nail the coffin doors of its opponents.
11. The Mystery Machine.
Yet another toy a lot of us probably owned as a child! The Mystery Machine! Scooby and the gang have solved many a mysterious case on these wheels. A reliable camper van is surely needed when your profession is in the paranormal…
10. The ‘Death Wagon’ – Ted Bundy’s VW.
Okay, time to get sinister… Dubbed the ‘Death Wagon’, this is the car owned and used during crime by infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. I can say with confidence that non of us owned a toy of this as a child. Executed in 1989, Bundy was responsible for the killing of (an estimated) 30+ people between 1974 and 1978. A truly evil piece of work.
9. 1955 Peterbilt 281.
This one should come with a “guarantied to give you the willies” warning. The movie Duel, released in 1971 is entirely based around the concept of a truck following a car without any reasoning. Doesn’t sound scary? I dare you to watch it, and I’m sure once you do, you’ll be checking them wing mirrors every 2 seconds.
8. Project Satan.
Created from the steering wheel from Adolf Hitler’s staff car, the left turning signal from Charles Manson’s VW, the windshield wipers from KITT and the electric motor from Ed Begley Jr’s car, meet Project Satan. The creators of Futurama sure did drag us to hell on this one.
7. The 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 – “The Classic”.
Perhaps the most interesting car on the list is the 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88. Director Sam Raimi has managed to place this vehicle into every movie he’s ever made. Originally his father’s car, The Classic makes its debut in Raimi’s first film, The Evil Dead. Other notable spookies are Darkman (1990), Army of Darkness (1993), The Quick And The Dead (1995) & Drag Me To Hell (2009).
Prolific horror director John Carpenter was responsible for putting Christine on the big screen, but it was Stephen King that wrote the novel which shook the automotive horror world. Christine tells the story of a vintage automobile apparently possessed by supernatural forces.
5. The Car.
Simply, ‘The Car’ from 1977 movie aptly named ‘The Car’ comes in at 5. I’m thinking of setting The Car and Christine on a date here… I think they have enough in common – Like killing people. Although the movie suffered many bad reviews, it holds a cult following in the horror world and has earnt its place at the top of our top 5.
4. Manson’s 1935 Army Power Wagon.
Now here’s a spooker that’ll pack a punch. Possibly one of the biggest names in true crime, Charles Manson, used to ride around in an old 1935 Army Power Wagon. One of the Manson family members recalls a time when Charles and himself took the wagon to ‘Death Valley‘ apparently “just for the hell of it”. They ragged the car around the hills until there wasn’t much left of it, while shouting prayers to the devil…
3. Ghost car.
The footage below starts how any police chase video normally does, with a civilian’s vehicle being chased by a police vehicle. Keep watching and something pretty spooky happens.
2. Hitler’s Mercedes-Benz 770.
The king of Evil here at number 2. Although questionably stylish, the Mercedes-Benz 770 will always be deemed Hitler’s car. Hitler used various Mercs during his reign of terror but it was the 770 that was made iconic by him and his not so merry men.
This one will take some explaining. Okay, so ever heard of the movie ‘Rubber‘? No? Seriously…? Well, it’s a French movie from 2010 about a tyre (billed as Robert in the credits, although not named during the film) that comes to life and kills people with its psychic powers. – Okay, now you want to see it.
Set somewhere in California in the late 90’s, Rubber begins when a tyre suddenly comes to life and embarks on a killing spree. As a tyre would, when coming to life, it first figures out how to push itself upright. Then, once upright, finds itself merrily rolling around. The tyre eventually finds itself coming across an obstacle; a plastic water bottle. After hesitation, it decides to crush it. Then, a scorpion… Crushes it.
When the tyre finds a glass bottle, it is unable to crush it. This is where the magic happens. The tyre begins to vibrate intensely and psychokinetically causes the bottle to break. It later tests the same power on a tin can and a rabbit.
Once people start to get killed by Robert, the movie writes itself. It was a total failure at the box office but gained positive results from critics.
Well, there we have it. I hope you enjoyed our top 13 scariest cars! Try not to have trouble sleeping. If you have any more suggestions or comments on the list then don’t be too afraid to send us a tweet over at @Think_Ins