Five of the spookiest car stories you’ll hear this Halloween.
Possessed or sentient automobiles have a long and varied tradition in the movies. On the benign side, you have Herbie the Love Bug and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. But the scales are greatly tipped towards the other end, as the Horror genre is rife with such malicious motor carriages. Remember the excellent 1977 shocker THE CAR? How about the trucks from DUEL or MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE (if you wanna cover all the bases from the north pole to the south pole in terms of quality). There’s CHRISTINE. And does anybody remember the episode of the early 70s TV show THRILLER called ONE DEADLY OWNER, about a haunted white Cadillac? Cars can be seriously creepy, peeps—and I don’t mean the psychedelic 80s pop group, either. (Although Ric Ocasek can be a little creepy, himself.)
But what about REAL possessed cars or haunted cars? They do exist; rather there are automobiles that are widely believed to be cursed or haunted. Whether they actually ARE is a matter for the parapsychologist and the skeptic to duke it out over. Still, whether we’re talking about Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s early 1900s limousine, the car that may have started World War One, or James Dean’s “Little Bastard,” I wouldn’t be climbing behind their steering wheels. Would you?