We all watch those horror movies around Halloween time. Me, I like the ones with the creepy rides. They are just so sinister. I can’t imagine being the designer of one of these cars. George Barris, in fact, had his hand in a few of them.
So here is a list of some of my favorites. Be sure to look up the movies and rent a couple DVD’s this Halloween.
1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III from “The Car”
The Lincoln was customized by George Barris. There were four cars built for the movie. One was used for close-ups while three were used for stunt work. Two of the cars were destroyed in the course of making the movie. What really makes this car look sinister is not only the altered fenders, but Barris made the car’s roof three inches lower than usual. Another unique feature is that the sound the horn of “The Car” makes, spells out the letter X in Morse code. The cars’ bodywork was painted in steel, pearl and charcoal coloring. The cars’ windows were laminated in two different shades so you could see out of it but not in it.
“The Car” is a story of a mysterious car which goes on a murderous rampage, terrorizing the residents of a small town.
1941 Chevy Cab Over Engine from “Jeepers Creepers”
I find it hard to watch this creepy movie especially when that truck rolls in. With its rusted body and body carting cow catcher on the front, this horrifying ride sports a vanity plate that appropriately reads “BEATNGU (“Be Eating You”). This truck was the first of three trucks built for the movie Jeepers Creepers in early 2001.
The movie shows Trish (Gina Philips) and her brother Darry (Justin Long), who make a horrific discovery in the basement of an old abandoned church, and now they watch their routine road trip home from college turn into a heart-stopping race for their lives.
This movie will certainly give you the creeps, hence the name “Jeepers Creepers.”
1958 Plymouth Fury from “Christine”
There is none more popular creepy car movie than “Christine.” Talk about cars that have minds of their own, this one does.
Of the twenty cars used in the film, only two still exist. There was no remote control used in any of the 20 cars used in the movie. When Christine became “evil,” her windows were painted black, except a small area covered with window tint where the stunt driver could see out.
Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, the story is about a vintage Plymouth Fury, apparently possessed by supernatural forces, named Christine, and its effects on the car’s new teenage owner.
White Western Star 4800 Semi Truck from “Maximum Overdrive”
The Green Goblin truck is a far cry from a semi truck that should be delivering such items as “Happy Toyz” which is painted on the side of the cargo box. The eerie goblin face affixed to the front of the truck gives it the monster appearance that Stephen King describes in his short story “Trucks” which the movie was based on.
The story goes that a group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive after a comet causes a radiation storm on Earth.
1955 Peterbuilt 281 Tanker Truck from “Duel”
Talk about road rage, this movie screams it.
Director, Steven Spielberg, selected the older 1955 Peterbilt 281 over the flat-nosed “cab-over” style because the long hood and its split windshield with rounded headlights gave it more of a face.
During the original filming, there was only one truck, so the shots of the truck falling off the cliff had to be completed in one take. For the film’s theatrical release, though, two additional trucks were purchased.
The movie stars Dennis Weaver who plays David Mann, a terrified motorist driving a Plymouth Valiant who is stalked on lonely California canyon roads by an unseen driver of an unkempt 1955 Peterbilt 281 tanker truck who becomes enraged after Mann passes him on the road.