Five Halloween movies to rewatch for the cars
These motors will help to get your spooky fix
One thing about Halloween we may not enjoy as much are probably the horror movies. There are countless examples I can name but they range from topics like creature frights to hammer horror. Let's be honest, we don't really enjoy them. What's left for us motorists though? On the surface, one could say that there is no link between Halloween and motoring. That is far from the truth.
To help you get in the spooky mood, I've compiled a list of five cars from notable Halloween movies you should definitely watch in the run up to Halloween.
Plymouth Fury - 'Christine'
This 1957 Plymouth Fury made an appearance in John Carpenter's 1983 chilling movie. The last name you'd expect a scary car to have is Christine but the capabilities of this possessed car are terrifying. The movie plot develops when the main characters of the movie discover that this car is evil and has malicious intent. The car can also repair itself, so think of it like Wolverine but in car form. Christine is finally destroyed at the end but this unique take of a classic horror movie formula is something to applaud.
The Plymouth Fury first saw daylight as a sub-series of the Plymouth Belvedere from 1956 to 1958. The car shown in 'Christine' is the 1957 variation, with a Chrysler V8 which produced 290bhp - not bad for a car that debuted more than sixty years ago. As it was sold only as a sandstone white two-door hardtop with gold anodized aluminum trim, the producers of 'Christine' gave it a fresh lick of paint to make it suitable for a horror movie.
Aston Martin DB2/4 MK1 Drophead Coupé - 'The Birds'
Ever had a fear of birds because of this movie? Me too. This classic horror by cinema heavyweight Alfred Hitchcock features a rather exotic and sporty version of the Aston Martin DB2/4. This movie, like the DB2/4, is really old. The movie is just as old as James May - let that sink in. The movie has become a cult-classic in the horror genre, with it's textbook moments of suspense, all achieved by expert cinematography.
From the 565 Mark I models that were produced, just 102 were Drophead Coupés - that's really rare. The DB2/4 The DB2/4 Drophead was replaced by the updated DB2/4 Mark II in 1955, the first open Aston Martin with coachwork by Tickfords in Newport Pagnell. The actual DB2/4 from 'The Birds' is now owned by a private collector in the US.
Jaguar XJ12 - 'Shaun of the Dead'
Shaun of the Dead is the first instalment of the 'Cornetto Trilogy', all featuring actors like Nick Frost and Simon Pegg as well as demonstrating the amazing cinematic talent possessed by director Edgar Wright. Taking into account what COVID-19 has done to our everyday lives, this movie may not be a million miles off what could happen - I better not jinx that.
The choice to include this Jaguar XJ12 was a pretty good one. Owned by the despised stepdad Phillip, characters Shaun and Ed (Simon Pegg & Nick Frost), attempt to drive the Jag at high speeds, occasionally running over the odd zombie. The XJ12 was one of the first proper luxury saloon cars on the market with any sort of traction, making it a desirable classic to this day.
Ectomobile - 'Ghostbusters' (1983)
Ghostbusters is easily one of the most recognisable films ever to emerge from the 1980s, putting it up there with masterpieces like 'Back to the Future' and 'ET.' Starring actors like Bill Murray and Rick Moranis, this was an instant hit. The movie made its debut in 1984, cashing in nearly $300 million in the box office, making it the second best movie of 1984. Pretty impressive.
Apart from the catchy Ghostbusters theme by Ray Parker, another thing we'll remember from this film is the Ectomobile which was the patrol car for the Ghostbusters characters. The Ecto-1 is based on a 1959 Cadillac Futura Duplex with a coach-built chassis from the Miller-Meteor company.
The car has been tweaked over time in various adaptations across cartoons and the reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise in 2016. The things we love most about the Ectomobile are its weird sounding siren and it's cool numberplate reading "Ecto-1."
Mystery Machine - 'Scooby Doo'
Now I know Scooby Doo doesn't count as a Halloween movie as such but the infamous Mystery Machine is a staple of vehicles that are used to either flee, or in this case, fight evil powers. It will usually be seen in the many adventures of mystery-busting posse, headed by their faithful pooch Scooby Doo.
The countless adaptations of the Mystery Machine haven't really been able to consistently agree on what model or brand the van actually is. The popular belief is that it's a VW camper van or a Dodge variant of some sort. In the YouTube video above, the creators used a 1967 Dodge Ram as the base for their project. Whatever the 'Mystery Machine' is, we can all agree that this is one of the coolest movie vehicles of all time.