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Halloween is here again, in all its spooky glory… While some prefer to celebrate by dressing up as a vampire or a zombie and hitting the streets for a night of trick or treating, for others, watching horror movies is the real Halloween tradition.

We’re not ashamed to admit that, here at Creditplus, we love movies almost as much as we love cars. This Halloween, we’ve decided to bring the two together and remember some of the most awesome motors featured in scary movies. Here’s our top 10:

10. Highwaymen - Plymouth Barracuda

Plymouth Barracuda

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In this 2004 thriller directed by Robert Harmon, James Caviezel takes off in his 1968 Barracuda as he seeks revenge on the serial killer who murdered his wife. When the two men meet, the murderer ends up in the hospital and the vengeful husband ends up in jail. The madman emerges with prosthetic limbs, which he uses to build himself into his Cadillac El Dorado, continuing his murderous rampage. Eventually, the two men – and cars! - meet again in a nail-biting final scene. Needless to say, the 1968 Plymouth Barracuda has become the film’s iconic ‘hero car’.

9. Duel - Plymouth Valiant

Plymouth Valiant

Directed by Steven Spielberg in 1971, this all-American thriller follows a man driving a Plymouth Valiant on a business trip, when he suddenly finds himself being chased and terrorised by the evil-minded driver of a massive Peterbilt truck. The film revolves around the chase and it is said that Steven Spielberg chose the Plymouth because the front of the car reminded him of a face. The rusty colour of the truck was also chosen to match the dusty colours of desert roads – and make the chase even more unsettling.

8. The Car - Barris Lincoln

Barris Lincoln

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In this 1977 horror classic directed by Elliot Silverstein, a mysterious black car terrorises everyone that gets in its way across a small American town called Santa Thea. The number of victims piles up as the town’s sheriff struggles to catch the murderous supernatural vehicle. The model used to play the star of ‘The Car’ was a 1971 Lincoln Continental customised by famous movie car maker George Barris. Four Continentals were used in the film and three were destroyed during shooting.

7. The Hearse – Packard Funeral Coach Henney

Packard Funeral Coach

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When newly-divorced Jane Hardy, played by Trish Van Devera, moved to a small town following her aunt’s passing, she never imagined that she was about to be terrorised by a haunted hearse and its evil driver.  The hearse featured in this 1980 thriller, directed by George Bowers, was a 1951 Packard Funeral Coach Henney and we can guarantee that the sight of it alone is enough to give you the heebie-jeebies.

6. The Birds - Aston Martin DB 2/4

Aston Martin DB 2/4

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In the classic horror drama directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1963, Tippi Hedren plays a young socialite who moves to a small town in pursuit of a potential lover, only to find herself amidst a series of mysterious and terrifying bird attacks. The 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4 driven by Hedren’s character, Melanie Daniels, was bought by a Los Angeles resident after shooting and was eventually restored with damage from the movie shoot being preserved. Unfortunately, the gorgeous silver Aston Martin is believed to have met its end a few years later when it was totaled by a subsequent owner.

5. Shaun of the Dead - Jaguar XJ12

Jaguar XJ12

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In this hauntingly funny horror comedy, Shaun, played by Simon Pegg, tries to turn his life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend and fixing his relationship with his mother - all while dealing with a zombie uprising! The 1986 Jaguar XJ12 appears quite briefly in the 2004 cult film, but – spoiler alert! – it plays a memorable part in it, as an important character meets his demise inside the vehicle.

4. The Evil Dead - Oldsmobile Delta 88

Oldsmobile Delta 88

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The 1981 horror film directed by Sam Raimi follows five friends who travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unwittingly summon up flesh-possessing demons. The 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 featured in the movie was actually the director’s personal car when he was a teenager, and made appearances in all four of the Evil Dead films. As the saga unravels, the car eventually turns into a time travelling automobile, equipped with body armor and spinning deadly blades.

3. Jeepers Creepers - Chevrolet Cab Over Engine

Chevy COE

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There’s no way around it: this 2001 horror film ruins the 1941 Chevrolet Cab Over Engine for anyone who’s brave enough to watch it. The plot is built around two siblings on their way home after spring break. As they drive through a small American town, they run into a motorist with a bad case of road rage and, from that point onwards, full on terror begins… Stumbling upon mutilated human remains is child’s play compared to being hunted down by the terrifying Creeper, a merciless villain driving an equally terrifying Chevy – to be honest, the sound of that horn still haunts us today! The car was modified to become “The Creeper Truck” and each modification was carefully designed to match Stephen Legler’s vision for the nerve-wrecking truck.

2. Death Proof - Chevrolet Nova

Chevy Nova

In this Quentin Tarantino thriller starring Kurt Russell, a stuntman uses his death-proof stunt car to stalk and murder several young women, through a number of elaborately staged car accidents. If you’re a Tarantino fan, you’ll be expecting some gruesome, hard to watch scenes - and you will not be disappointed. The 1970 Chevy Nova featured as the death proof car is an impressive, classic muscle car that has been customised with a matte black paintjob and some white skulls and thunderbolts on the hood – a perfect fit for the psycho-killer behind the wheel.

1. Christine - Plymouth Fury

Plymouth Fury Christine

The mythical Plymouth Fury 1958 featured in the 1983 adaptation of Stephen King’s book of the same name, just had to be our number one. In this classic horror movie directed by John Carpenter, Christine - the car - takes centre stage as a nerdy teenager’s first ride that turns out to have a villainous mind of its own. After getting vandalised, the car decides to take revenge by going on a murderous rampage and turns its owner into pure evil. The model was originally manufactured in beige, but the red version was ordered especially for the movie. Let’s face it: nothing fits a bloody horror flick better than a vicious red car.

Did we miss your favourite?

This is our top 10 of horror movie cars, but we’d love to hear yours! Let us know if you agree with our choices, or if we’ve missed any of your favourites via the comment section below, or by reaching out to us on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Happy Halloween from all of us at Creditplus!

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