It’s that time of year again when we break out the scary movies. But how often do you pay attention to the cars that make appearances in your favourite Halloween flicks?
The Addams Family (1991) remains a classic and the car the Addams’ drive is no different.
While many think the Addams family car is a hearse, it’s actually an incredible post-vintage car, originally produced from 1916 to 1923 as the ‘Packard Twin Six’ before being reintroduced as the ‘Packard Twelve’ in 1933.
It was considered a luxury vehicle, even at the height of the Great Depression, so it’s no wonder it was the Addams family’s chosen mode of transport.
The modified Chevy featured in Jeepers Creepers (2001) plays an important role in the film.
Driven by the Creeper, the movie’s antagonist, the modified truck features the novelty licence plate ‘BEATNGU’ which (spoiler alert) is foreshadowing. In total, three modified Chevy trucks were used during filming.
Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) showcases some of the best of British motor manufacturing.
The Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk 1 featured in the film is a Drophead Coupé, one of only 102 ever made. After the filming was finished, the car you see on screen was purchased by a local resident and refurbished.
Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Christine (1983) is a film about a Plymouth Fury, named Christine with a murderous personality.
Despite only being produced in one colour at the time, a cherry-red Fury was ordered especially for the film. In total, 23 different Furies were used, although most were destroyed in the process of filming, but there are a few surviving models that have been auctioned off.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) is still one of the most iconic scary movies to exist, and Freddy Krueger’s car only adds to that status.
General Motors produced the car for just 14 years, from 1950 to 1964. And, although we only see it briefly, the Cadillac is one of the most memorable cars of the entire horror genre thanks to the trademark Freddy Krueger stripes on the roof.
The name of this car probably doesn’t ring any bells, but it was known by a very different name in Ghostbusters (1984) – the Ectomobile, or Ecto-1.
Based on a 1959 Cadillac, the Ecto-1 undergoes many modifications in the film. From a proton cannon mounted on the roof to a number of other unnamed additions made by the characters. The car proved to be so popular that miniatures were made and sold as children’s toys all over the world.
While this may not be a car, this vehicle did contribute to one of the most iconic horror film deaths of all time. The infamous logging truck of Final Destination 2 (2003) couldn’t be left off this list.
The Kenworth 849 was specially designed for the mountainous areas of Canada, making it an interesting anomaly on Route 23 of the US, hinting at the rest of the film’s plot.
There’s been a lot of debate about exactly what kind of van the Mystery Machine is, but in Scooby-Doo: The Movie (2002) it’s a 1972 Bedford CF.
The Bedford CF was designed to compete directly with the Ford Transit, which had been in production for four years already. Bedford was not a common brand in the US, but as the filming took place in Australia, a Bedford van was readily available.
Halloween (1978) is one of the most memorable horror films ever made, partially because of the infamous car scene between Michael Myers and Annie Brackett.
Unlike most cars in horror and Halloween films, this Chevrolet was actually a modern car at the time – it was barely a year old by the time the film was released.
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