Vehicles are a fantastic invention that has transformed our world and influenced everything from where we live to the health of the economy. But there’s no escaping the fact that vehicles are extremely powerful, potentially dangerous pieces of heavy machinery, and Hollywood scriptwriters find that to be an interesting angle for scary movies.
In the spirit of Halloween, we’re looking at vehicles in a new way - through the lens of a camera. What we found was a number of iconic vehicles that are just as well known as the movies they starred in.
There are very few instances of a car being the title character of a movie, but Christine is one of them. The movie revolves around Arnie, who’s obsessed with restoring a 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine. Little does he know, Christine has a mind of her own and can drive people down with no one behind the wheel.
Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters
This is one instance where a distinctive prop is almost as famous as the movie it was in. Only diehard Ghostbusters fans will remember that the tricked out ambulance/hearse was called Ecto-1, but even people who haven’t watched the movie have seen the unmistakable vehicle.
Death Proof is a horror movie in which the main character’s modded out vehicle is the weapon of choice. It’s also a great lesson in the importance of wearing seatbelts. The irony of the film is that the vehicle is designed to be death proof - for the driver.
When electronics suddenly turn on people, vehicles become the most dangerous product ever made. In Maximum Overdrive a group of survivors has to hole up in a diner while big rigs ominously circle the building waiting for a chance to kill. That is, until they run out of gas.
Monster trucks are such an obvious plot point for horror movies, it’s surprising that they didn’t become killer characters until 2003 with the release of Monster Man. It’s a low budget film from Lionsgate, but you have to give it up to the team that built the movie’s deadly monster truck. That thing looks as ominous as it acts, and it’s easily the largest killer vehicle ever created.
Honorable Mentions For Further Viewing Pleasure:
- Jeepers Creepers
- The Evil Dead Trilogy
- Death Race 2000
- Black Cadillac
- The Hearse
- The Wraith
- Joy Ride
- The Car
If there’s one lesson to be learned from these horror films, it’s that you have to respect the power of vehicles. Drive safe out there!