On Halloween, October 31st, thousands of people up and down the country will be looking to enjoy a spooky film.
ALA Gap Insurance has decided not only to draw up a list of scary films, but go one step further and create a Top 5 Car Horror movies list instead. So if haunted cars, evil races and psycho stunt drivers are up your street, then check out our list below.
Death Proof – 2007
Quentin’s Tarantino’s fifth film is an exploitation love letter to the horror muscle car films of the 1970’s. Staring Rosario Dawson, Sydney Tamiia Poitier and stuntwoman Zoë Bell the film sees groups of female friends being attacked by Kurt Russell as the psychopathic ‘stuntman’, who enjoys staging car accidents with his ‘death-proof’ car. The film was originally released in American theatres on a double bill with Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Planet Terror’ under the Grindhouse banner. The films were then given separate theatre releases outside the US, along with the DVDs being released separately.
Duel – 1971
Written by Richard Matheson, the man responsible for Hell House, Duel gives a new meaning to ‘road rage’. The premise is very devilishly simple. Middle-aged salesman David Mann tries to overtake a grotty tanker truck on a deserted two-lane highway. The truck speeds past Mann only for the salesman to overtake the tanker a second time… with terrifying consequences. Directed by a young Steven Spielberg for many horror fans Duel is a precursor to the film maker’s better known horror classic, Jaws.
Christine – 1983
Written by Stephen King and directed John Carpenter, the 1983 film Christine is undoubtedly a horror thoroughbred. The film received a mixed reception upon its initial release, but has since become a cult classic. The plot sees shy teenager Arnie Cunningham becoming increasingly obsessed with a used red-and-white 1958 Plymouth Fury, but his car is hiding a deep dark secret. Unbeknown to the teenager, Christine is an evil and murderous car that wants to drive her owner mad.
The Car – 1977
Directed by Elliot Silverstein the 1977 cult classic ‘The Car’ was tormenting innocent pedestrians long before Stephen King’s Christine hit the road. The film begins with two bicyclists being run down by a mysterious black car… but that is just the first of many hit-and run murders. The car then goes on to terrorise residents in a small town in Utah with only Sheriff Wade Parents (James Brolin) and his deputy, Everett (John Marley) able to stop the demon vehicle.
Death Race 2000 – 1975
Directed by fan favourite Paul Bartel, Death Race 2000 is a horror classic which satirises America’s love for cars, violence and sport. Starring David Carradine as Frankenstein, Sylvester Stallone as Machine Gun Joe Viterbo and Mary Woronov as Calamity Jane, the film is basically Wacky Races gone bad… very bad. The Paul W. S. Anderson remake ‘Death Race’ was released in 2008 starring Jason Statham and a number of sequels have followed, but none come close to the original
Black Cadillac – 2003
Where would any Top 5 Horror film list be without the ubiquitous ‘based on a true story’ movie. Written by Murlowski and Will Aldis, the film sees three friends being chased by an ominous black Cadillac, resulting in paranoia and suspicion spreading throughout group. Directed by John Murlowski the film is inspired by his childhood experience of driving home one winter’s evening with friends, only to be chased by a mysterious car through the backwoods roads for several hours.
Death Race 3: Inferno
The remake ‘Death Race’ was bad, the sequel Death Race 2 was even worse, but Death Race 3: Inferno is just a car crash of a movie. Directed by Roel Reiné and Produced by Paul W.S. Anderson the only thing of note about this straight-to-DVD movie is that it stars Luke Goss, Danny Trejo and Ving Rhames. Void of any originally and creative spark, the Death Race franchise had definitely run out of fuel by this point.
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