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30th October 2018

Iconic Cars from Horror History

The clocks have gone back; the nights are drawing in, it’s getting colder – this can mean only one thing – it’s nearly Halloween!

If you’re anything like us, we’re always paying particular attention to the cars that appear in movies, and horrors are no different. If we’re willingly going to scare ourselves senseless, the least we can do is appreciate the classic cars that feature.

What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by looking back at some of the most iconic horror movie cars (and a truck) of all time?

Plymouth Fury, Christine

Christine car, red Plymouth FuryImage Credit: IMDB

We kick off strong with Christine. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the classic red 1958 Plymouth Fury was the titular vessel of choice for an evil car with ulterior motives. Of course, once Christine’s true intentions become clear, she goes on a murderous rampage in the quiet town of Rockbridge, California. Naturally, Christine ends up meeting her maker (literally) – but does she?

Jaguar XK12, Shaun of the Dead

1986 Jaguar XK12 from Shaun of the DeadImage Credit: IMCDB

Shaun of the Dead may not be an actual horror film, but it still has zombies and jump scares. The Jaguar is the prized possession of Phillip, our titular hero’s step-dad, and is used as an escape vehicle when the events of Z-Day begin to unfold. Ultimately, poor Phillip meets his end in the Jag after being bitten by the zombies. The XK12 may only play a small part in the movie, but it’s still an important one.  

Cadillac Escalade, Zombieland

Image Credit: IMCDB

Zombieland is the unsurprising zombie movie, set in post-apocalyptic America, proves how vital a decent car can be in case of the eventual zombie apocalypse – as shown when main character, Columbus, is picked up by Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), in his Cadillac Escalade – thus setting the scene for the movie. The Escalade is the perfect zombie-apocalypse vehicle: it is equipped with a zombie plough – meaning that Columbus and Tallahassee were able to drive through the apocalypse in comfort and style. That is – until it gets stolen.

1941 Chevrolet COE, Jeepers Creepers

1941 Chevrolet Heavy-Duty COE from Jeepers Creeper, rusted, cattle gripImage Credit: IMCDB

The aptly-named Creeper truck (a 1941 Chevrolet COE) belongs to the Creeper in Jeepers Creepers. The truck is heavily rusted and equipped with a cow-catcher, to help the Creeper instil fear into not only his victims but other road users, as well. The truck’s primary use is for transporting victims to the Creeper’s lair – it’s heavily booby-trapped to make escape impossible – and is also bulletproof. Nice. We should also note that the Creeper keeps a police radio in the truck – meaning that he can evade capture and continue to wreak havoc.

1959 Cadillac Ambulance (Ecto-1), Ghostbusters

The original Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, 1959 Cadillac AmbulanceImage Credit:

The Ecto-1 has already featured on our blog before, but we couldn’t not include it when honouring our horror favourites. After all, some people were scared by Ghostbusters, so we’re classing it as a horror film.

Ecto-1 is an iconic vehicle, utilised by the Ghostbusters as they travelled all over New York City in search of supernatural entities. Originally, Ecto-1 started life as a 1959 Cadillac Ambulance, before undergoing some serious customisations and modifications to turn it into the lean, mean ghost-hunting machine we all grew to know and love.