It’s Halloween, the day when haunted houses get all the attention. However, the ghosts who haunt cars are crying discrimination. Haunted houses are rooted to a foundation. If you can make it out the door, chances are you’ll be safe. But just try to escape a haunted car. A haunted house can’t go after you, chase you down, run you over and then back over you again. Here is a small sample of haunted car movies and TV shows car buffs may want to take a look at tonight for some thrills, chills and cool cars.
The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow (1959)
This swift and entertaining film delivers the cheesy goods with lots of laughs. In it, a group of drag racing kids are in danger of losing their local hangout. But an eccentric woman offers the kids the use of an old mansion she owns — if they can scare away the ghost who supposedly haunts the joint.
This lively little black and white number features a plethora of cars ranging from the early 1930s to the late 1950s. Among then are a 1932 Ford V8, a 1953 Buick Special, a 1953 Ford Crestline Victoria and two custom-built dragsters.
My Mother the Car (1965)
This infamous disaster of a sitcomfalls into the “what were they thinking?” department. In it, Dave Crabtree (Jerry Van Dyke) buys a 1928 Porter that talks back when he gets behind the wheel. In fact, it is the reincarnation of his overbearing mother, voiced by Anne Southern. Needless to say, the series was not renewed after its inaugural season. This car wreck has gone on, however, to develop a cult following.
The Car (1977)
James Brolin starred in this nifty, nearly-forgotten movie from the late 1970s. The titular Car — a black 1971 Lincoln Continental — was customized by legendary movie automaker Geroge Barris, who also designed the Munster Koach and the 1966 TV Batmobile. The mysterious car has no door handles, license plate or — oh, yeah — driver. The Car has the nasty habit of running people over just for the fun of it, but it can’t enter a hallowed cemetery.
This film, based on Stephen King’s early novel, is probably the most famous haunted car film ever made — and quite possibly the best. Directed by a young John Carpenter, this one tells of a particularly nasty (and hot) 1958 Plymouth Fury that starts killing right from its start on a Detroit assembly line. The sporty, cherry Christine falls into the hands of nerdy Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon), and his life is never the same again.