Dirty Dozen Halloween Cars!

Motor in horror in our rundown of the most ghoulish, terrifying and villainy cars of all time

By Shahzad Sheikh

Halloween cars Ecto 1 Ghostbusters

Happy Halloween! Heading out to the Halloween party all decked up as Frankenstein and Vampira? But hang on, you’re not going in the Honda are you? You need something a bit fiercer, perhaps something like one of the following in our round-up of the Dirty Dozen best Halloween Cars!

Halloween cars The Car

1.  The Car

From the 1977 movie ‘The Car’ this is the vehicle that probably gave me the most nightmares. Here is my most favourite thing in the world – a cool-looking car – gone all berserk, crazed and evil. And this thing was pure evil.

It was designed by who else, but George Barris (famed creator of Hollywood film and TV cars) and built on a 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III coupe. Apparently four were built and all were later burnt with fire, at least we hope they were. But we can’t be sure.

Okay, so it may not be a classic masterpiece of a film, but that unstoppable beastly black machine certainly left its mark.

Halloween cars Truck from Duel Peterbilt

2. 1955 Peterbilt 281 Tanker

From Steven Spielberg’s second ever movie, Duel, a 1955 Peterbilt 281 Tanker truck relentlessly pursues a hapless sales rep on a business trip in a very mundane red Plymouth Valiant. No driver of the murderous truck is ever shown and a line of numberplates on the front seems to represent trophies of previous kills.

Like The Car above, the truck essentially is a character all by itself. What’s so frightening about both of these is that there appears to be no motive, and certainly no logic to their pursuit of death and destruction, and as such no reasoning with them.

Unlike The Car, this Spielberg film is a like Hitchcock on the road – it’s brilliantly paced and directed and will leave you putting off your next long road trip for a while.

Halloween cars KARR from Knight Rider

3. KARR

And another vehicle that appears entirely autonomous and evil with it, KARR from Knight Rider is effectively KITT’s ‘evil twin’. KARR preceded KITT as an earlier prototype, but something goes wrong with its programming and it believes itself to be a superior being of some kind.

If, like me, you were a Knight Rider fan, this was a great battle of the Trans Ams with KARR appearing in two episodes and we were all on the edge of our seats waiting to see what would happen when an ‘unstoppable force’ engaged ‘an immovable object’.

What’s more scary is that, somewhat ahead of its times and perhaps out of context, KARR was a prescient allegory of the advent of artificial intelligence in cars that drive themselves – soon to be upon us. Read our KITT review here. 

Halloween cars Christine Plymouth Fury

4. Christine

From the 1983 film based on a Stephen King novel, Christine is 1958 Plymouth Fury, that is seemingly obsessed with a self-serving delight in injuring and killing humans. At one point it goes on a murderous rampage.

It even seems to be able to influence humans and make them do its bidding. A vengeful and evil car, yet irresistibly gorgeous and desirable. A classic car and a great movie.

Halloween cars Munsters Koach

5. The Munsters Koach

Okay, finally moving away from conscious self-aware or possessed autonomous cars we move to the absurd but utterly delightful Koach – another extraordinary George Barris creation. There’s even a back story to this bonkers creation.

Lily wants to get a car for her husband Herman Munster, but can’t decide between a Hot Rod Model T Ford or a vintage hearse, so she hands both to a body shop and they combine them to make this Franken-car – appropriately enough.

Of course in the series there is another Barris car, built for Grandpa after Herman loses the Koach in a drag race. Grandpa’s car – the Drag-u-la is basically a casket with an engine and is quick enough to win back the family cruiser.

In fact both cars had a Ford Cobra 289ci V8 engines, and what’s really cool is that the Koach actually was a combination of three Model Ts and a hearse all on a hand-built frame.

Halloween cars Red Skulls car

6. 1942 Hydra-Schmidt Coupe

This was Red Skull’s car in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ movie from 2011. It was designed by Daniel Simon – look him up, it will be worth it, as he conjures up amazingly imaginative automotive art, as well as designing other movie stuff including Tom Cruise’s Bubbleship in Oblivion.

The 1942 Hydra-Schmidt Coupe is one of his more magnificent pieces – majestic and menacing, elegant and exuberant, detestable and desirable. It’s quite simply an epic car. It was inspired by the cars such as Mercedes-Benz 540K and Merc G4 six-wheeler as well as a Vintage Duesenberg and Bentley, plus it was supposedly powered by a huge V16 aeroplane engine.

Due to the humongous size of the thing, it was actually built on a truck chassis with a lorry drivetrain mated to a Ford V8 engine.

Halloween cars Death Proof

7. 1968-69 Dodge Charger

One of these in black is just about the most bad-ass villainess thing out there. Don’t forget it’s the baddies’ car in that legendary Bullit car chase where it tries to hunt down Steve McQueen in the Mustang.

You’ll also see Kurt Russell behind the wheel as he plays a psychopathic stuntman in Death Proof. This is his second car after he uses his first ‘Death Proof’ car – a 1971 Chevy Nova – to kill women and writes it off. But to me the Charger is so much more appropriately menacing.

Even Nicolas Cage’s back-from-hell character in Drive Angry ends up in one (even though it belongs to Amber Heard in the movie) and it just kind of suits. Read our Dodge Charger new meets old story here. 

Halloween cars Mercedes 600 Grosser

8. Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser

Imposing, magnificent and not to be trifled with – one of the most magnificent modern era cars on the road, and understandably at one time the only choice of heads-of-state, and particularly despots and dictators.

If you drive one of these are not only bad, but supremely powerful. It basically tells everyone – dare to take me on and you will not only lose, but be completely disappeared.

2014 SRT Viper

9. Dodge Viper

When I first drove the current generation Viper – 8.4-litre V10 with 640bhp, 0-100kph in 3.3seconds, 6-speed manual and rear-wheel drive, a proper hard-core beast of a wild thing – it scared the heck out of me and I ran away from it! For that reason alone it makes this list.

You need to be a hard-as-nails top henchmen to man-handle this car machine – when people see this car coming they scarper for fear of their lives. It took me a while to summon up the courage to get back behind the wheel.

It’s the baddest supercar of all. Read our Dodge Viper review here. 

Halloween cars Bond villain Jaguar XKR

10. Jaguar XKR from Die Another Day

The villain’s main henchman in 007 movie, Die Another Day, is actually one of the very few Bond villains, to get his own gadget-laden cool car, to go up against Pierce Brosnan’s Aston Martin Vanquish in an epic car chase battle on ice.

It’s almost as if it had been nicked from Q-Branch itself as it an array of kit including gatling gun, thermal imaging, mortar bombs, rockets behind the front grille, missiles in the door and ramming spikes.

In fact eight custom built XKRs were used in the film half of which were fitted with the shortened four-wheel drive chassis from a Ford Explorer, the engine was a Mustang V8.

Halloween cars Jaguar Mk II

11. Jaguar Mk 2

It’s the second Jag on this list because all the baddies in the 60s and early 70s drove Mk 2 Jaguars. The Old Bill couldn’t catch them in their pathetic panda cars, and eventually they had to get the Jags too. Immensely popular with British gangsters because it was quick thing, even four up with a couple of bodies in the boot.

Power steering, four-wheel disc brakes, automatic transmission and even a limited slip differential meant this handled well too. Plus look at it. It looks like a clenched iron fist ready to rearrange your facial features, doesn’t it? Badness level: master.

2015 Chrysler 300C SRT8 review with video

12. Chrysler 300C SRT

And here’s a brand new car that you could buy right now, today, here in the Middle East, even though people in its country of origin are denied it because SRT is not really meant to be part of Chrysler anymore.

It’s also on this list because it’s a mental nutter of smooth saloon and I think the modern day equivalent of the Jaguar Mk II. It’s got brutal performance, an aggressive imposing stance, is a big beefy motor that will easily accommodate body-builder henchman and boot space aplenty to store all the stash. Read our Chrysler 300C SRT review here. 

And yet it’s comfy and cool enough for the Don himself to cruise around in. Ask kindly and he may even give you a lift to that Halloween party. Of course then you’ll owe him. Eek!

Tell us YOUR Halloween cars in the comments below

 

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