It’s Halloween! The day when adorable children come to my door demanding candy but instead I ladle piping hot chili into their bags, straight from the bubbling cauldron and usually hot enough to melt right through the cheap plastic, sending chili-covered candy skittering across the porch like so many scalded cockroaches. Good times, good times.
There’s plenty of terrifying automotive Halloween references, but when it comes to cars, the car from The Car might just be the car.
The Car was a strange 1977 horror movie about a murderous car that was highly sensitive to being insulted and appeared to drive by itself.
In addition to seemingly being able to become offended, the car also appeared to be unable to drive onto hallowed ground, like a cemetery, allowing the people the car was tormenting an opportunity to taunt the machine:
The distinctive-looking sinister car was based on a 1971 Lincoln Continental and heavily customized by George Barris. The roof was chopped, the fenders increased in size and height significantly, new massive bumpers fitted, incredibly dark tint, and more.
Barris’ own site gives some interesting details about the car, especially the telephone pole bit at the end of the second paragraph there (emphasis mine):
Designed for the movie “The Car” starring James Brolin. Made from a 1971 Lincoln. Fenders were 20 gauge steel shaped over the original body. The grill was hand made from square steel tubing. Four bumpers made from heavy 18 gauge steel. Seven inch single headlights sunk behind the grill and fender. Body was raised to upper doorline. Four radius wheel wells around a six inch reverse deep chrome wheels and Goodrich tires.
Top was chopped 4 inches with all black transparent windows. Full body roll bars installed over and around stunt driver. A steel tube canon was installed on passenger side which had a telephone pole inside and steel cap which housed dynamite and black powder. When the stunt man rolled the car he would trigger the tube telephone pole by igniting the dynamite which drove the pole into the ground and roll the car 5 times. Finished with 20 coats of black pearl lacquer. A total of four were made.
There was a dynamite-charged telephone pole in there? I can’t quite picture in my head what’s being described here; was the pole used to somehow keep the car intact and rolling?
Anyway, this is one scary car, and I’m pretty sure I heard that it saw a picture of you online and figured out your address. Okay! Enjoy your day!