Death Proof (2007)

Scary cars from the movies

Movie cars are the proverbial dime a dozen, but it takes something special to scare the pants off audiences.

Here’s a list of the Top 10 scariest cars of all time that have graced our screens, large and small.

These lists are great conversation starters at dinner parties and for our money, Dennis Weaver takes the cake in the Spielberg classic Duel.

Scared out of his mind, he spends the entire movie fleeing a marauding but always unseen truck driver — the road-going equivalent of Jaws perhaps?

Stephen King’s Christine is another cracker – no driver required here.

Anyways, here’s the list as it stands — be sure to tells us if we’ve missed one?

  1. Maximum Overdrive (1987) – directed by the master of horror Stephen King (his only directing credit), this features a collection of marauding vehicles including a whole fleet of sinister semi-trailer trucks that go on a murderous rampage.
  2. Duel (1971) – directed by a young Steven Spielberg this chase thriller features a 1955 Peterbilt 281 tanker truck driver with a major case of road rage hell-bent on revenge against motorist (Dennis Weaver) down a deserted highway.
  3. The Car (1977) – a supernatural black 1971 Lincoln Continental rampages the roads in this 70s road movie.
  4. The Hearse (1980) – a woman is menaced by a possessed hearse and its evil driver in this creepy 80s low-budget thriller. The hearse of the title is a terrifying looking 1951 Packard Funeral Coach Henney.
  5. Death Proof (2007) – Quentin Tarantino’s grindhouse flick sees a serial killer stuntman (Kurt Russell) using his death-proof stunt car to create elaborately staged accidents where he murders young women. The two death-proof cars used in the film are the 1970 Chevy Nova and the 1969 Dodge Charger.
  6. Jeepers Creepers (2001) – the famous classic car that terrorises two siblings on their way home from spring break is a 1941 Chevrolet Cab Over Engine.
  7. The Wraith (1986) – a high-performance Dodge M4S prototype with a mysterious teenage driver (Charlie Sheen) who’s out for revenge.
  8. The Evil Dead (1982) – the notorious 80s video nasty also features an Oldsmobile Delta 88 that belonged to director Sam Raimi when he was in high school. It has appeared in all three Evil Dead films and eventually, it gets its own body armour, spinning death-blades attached to it, and even travels through time.
  9. Ghostbusters (1984) – it’s debatable if the blockbuster Ghostbusters is a real horror movie but the iconic ECTO-1, originally a 1959 Cadillac Ambulance, plays a memorable part as the ghost fighting machine we all know and love.
  10. Christine (1983) – another Stephen King adaptation this is the ultimate four-wheeled fury. A beautiful but berserk 1958 Plymouth Fury in fact, with a penchant for regeneration and mowing down innocent people all in the name of love for its besotted owner.


Dennis Weaver flees from a marauding truck drive in the 1971 Spielberg classic Duel.


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