• Top 10 Scary Halloween Truck and Car Movies: Not for the Faint of Heart (Video)

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    Top 10 scary truck and car movies

    Here are the Top 10 scary and creepy truck and car movies counted down. Halloween is almost upon us, and there is no better time to watch these classic scary movies that involve trucks. The movies listed here are Rated R. They are not for kids or the faint of heart.


    A cast featuring Reese Witherspoon and Keifer Sutherland combines for this twisted 1996 take on the classic ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ story. It has a juvenile delinquent on the run and a serial killer/pedophile.

    Joy Ride

    This 2001 thriller features the late Paul Walker. The story has to do with college students on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey. They are being chased by a trucker who happens to be a psychotic killer.


    This 2004 film featuring Jim Caviezel is all about revenge. The main character embarks on killing rampage in his 1972 Cadillac El Dorado.

    The Wraith

    What better way to challenge and exterminate an Arizona motorized gang, than in a mysterious and invincible car? This 1986 film features Charlie Sheen and Sherilyn Fenn.

    Maximum Overdrive

    This Stephen King book adaptation is all about possessed vehicles that come alive with a goal to kill people. This 1986 movie features Emilio Estevez and Pat Hingle.

    The Car

    This 1977 action horror film features a customized Lincoln that terrorizes everyone it comes into contact with. The car just looks ridiculous.

    The Hitcher

    This 1986 thriller is packed with horrific scenes. It features Rutger Hauer and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Just watch it to find for all the gory details.

    Jeepers Creepers

    This is the first in the series. It features a creepy cabover sinister truck, and actors Gina Philips and Justin Long.


    Stephen Spielberg’s first (made for TV) movie that came out in 1971. It has the scary 18-wheeler from the featured image above. Be careful whom you pass on a lonely highway.


    This 1983 horror movie is simply made for halloween. This John Carpenter’s  film features an evil car that affects the new-found owner. Enjoy!

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    39 thoughts on “Top 10 Scary Halloween Truck and Car Movies: Not for the Faint of Heart (Video)

    1. No need for car horror movies after the day when you lived through running a business while having to rely on Ford trucks and vans built in the 70s and early 80s.

      1. I knew that Rusty Boy was evil the minute I saw it. Somebody has to save Tommy before it is too late.

    2. I remember watching the Wraith. The star of the show was actually based on the M4S concept car built by Chrysler. It featured a twin-turbo 2.2L four cylinder that put out something like 440hp in a 2600lb car. Chrysler wanted to show what it could do with its venerable turbo four. The tech/power was pretty advanced for the early- to mid-80s.

    3. Thank you so much for posting this! When I was a kid I saw Duel once on TV and loved it, but never knew the name of it until now.

    4. Well-done! Duel is my personal favorite, a real masterpiece; followed by Christine. I give you a Pittsburgh blessing: “Yinz guys are alright, an’ ‘at. Yinz ain’t a bunch of jags.”

    5. surely there must be some car/truck news out there so you don’t have to put out this pablum to fill in space. You are still my favorite site but this doesn’t help

        1. Zviera – – –

          I don’t like this wimpy design AT ALL!
          (Glad I bought my 2017 Ram before this goofiness could take root.)

          This design makes the Ram look weak and without its “Big Rig”character, which we were told the Ram designers would never want to lose. Well, they are losing it. Somehow it makes this half-ton truck look like a midsize.

          Egad, even the Honda Ridgeline looks more masculine than this! Jim Morrison, what have you been smoking lately??

          Might as well buy a GMC or a Ford, both of which look like proper trucks, not like little SUV’s (^_^)… [Actually, both are very good trucks!]


          1. I think it because of the legalization of weed. Jim probally smokes up and says “Lets put the 5.7 back in, crimp the hood steel differently and tell everyone its a redesign”. And then laughs hysterically for hours until he passes out.

        2. It looks like a vertically stretched charger.

          The badge on the side of the hood is terrible and has to go. I seriously hope for peoples sake that they glued that on and didnt rivet it.

        3. It’s going to looks better with crosshair and it will appeal to the younger generation. There is always possibility to wait for refresh in couple of years, if yo don’t like it, but look how lame GM and Ford trucks looks like and they sell more than RAM.
          I will buy RAM , doesn’t matter what. They could put a pig mask at the front and I would drive it. It would still looks better ,than anything else, so I don’t really care, as long as I have HEMI under the hood , 8 speed and Multilink suspension.
          I just received Rancho’s with manual dampening valve adjustment today, front with 2″ lift ,waiting for rear 1.5″ coil spacers.
          I can’t wait to install it.

          1. It not awful, just very different. I agree that the GM’s are heinous but I do like the 2018 F150s, especially the ones with body color trim.

            If they out with the rumored I6 turbo and up the payload then I may be joining you in the Ram camp.

            1. They certainly will. With body color bumper and crosshair , I see no problem to swallow this design. Aero is going to be best in the class as well.
              2018 body color trim F150 looks good, but chassis technology is lacking.

            2. I am wondering why TFL hasnt posted anything on this yet. Is it a really good photoshop job or something.

    6. One of the scariest moments in a truck was while pulling a 4 horse trailer with a 1969 GMC 3/4 ton dually with probably about 250 k on it. We were going slightly downhill on a farm highway but increasingly so and turning a bit to the left.

      We heard a shing shing shing, then shwiiiing, while smelling a burning smell. Lost brakes and gears. Only a little bit of brakes worked, and the road was a backbone with no shoulder at all(dropoffs in fact).

      My brother said he couldn’t stop. After seeing our lives flash before us for a moment, he steered back and forth for a bit and some high land appeared on the right that he turned over to and it had enough bumps and slant to it that it stopped us over there.

      We got out relieved and looked around at the truck.

      Want to guess what we saw and what happened? Snickers bar to whoever can guess what we saw. Hint, its scary.

      1. The comment has very specific details that allows you to diagnose the problem, AND exactly what we saw on the truck.

    7. Nathan – – –

      Good list. Lotta fun. You should do professional movie reviews: what a memory!

      Next time: what about the “Fast & Furious” series? (No, they are not strictly Halloween, but exciting nonetheless.)

      Or, what about more benign offerings like “Bullit”, “Convoy” or “Smokey and the Bandit”? (Again, no terror but thrills instead. Good vehicle action.)


    8. I loved those old movies as a kid. Best part was popcorn and sleeping over at a friends house with a hot sister.

      1. John – – –

        Yeah. The front looks weak and weird; the back bumper looks flimsy and insignificant.

        I can’t think of a better way to absolutely DESTROY the wonderful, iconic “big rig” design that has dominated Ram styling since 1994. So many cross-brand sales have come to Ram from former Ford and Chevy customers EXACTLY because they loved that styling. (Ask me how I know…)

        I want to see those new Ram stylists in the bread line or slurping in a soup kitchen!!! Am trying to think of a good Arabian curse for them….Aaah, here’s one: “May the fleas from a 1000 camels infest your armpits!”
        Sergio: HELP! Hear my humble plea! Save us!


        1. Bernie and Zvierra nobody is coming to save you. Never get your hopes up in the truck industry. Trucks are are old, I prefer my 2004 Sierra Quadsteer over anything offered today. If it was brand new on a lot I would be the first buyer. Trust I have been dissapointed since 2007 when I tried to trade my 2004 Sierra in for new and my 2004 was better in every way over a 2007, this went on for another 6 years until my frame rotted out. Nothing new is coming its a joke. The SUV market has endless options and tons of competition. I had a small glimmer of hope when the Ridgeline Sema truck came out and then Honda barfed up a cutout minivan. I think the big four work in collusion, Toyota has worked with GM and so has Ford with the transmission, they likely all have a pact or some agreement to keep trucks from ever reaching near any kind of plateua in order to do small upgrades for the next 100 years. Maybe Workhorse or Bollinger can change this stagnant shthole truck industry into something more modern but dont get your hopes up, I have lived with dissapointment in this industry longer than anyone and it sucks.

    9. Okay,below the chrome grill is a smaller black grill with two sensors in it. To each side are the fog lamps/driving lights/whatever..And below them are two more cutouts in the chrome bumper. I’m thinking that’s where the tow hooks go if you get the off road pkg?

    10. Holy hell, duel is definitely a classic, Halloween movie or not. I first watched it when I was young (long after it was made, early 90’s) and it was pure suspense. Not the kind of contemporary jump out of your seat scares, but a classic cinematic example of sympathetic edginess. Spielberg made you feel the terror of being pursued by a maniac on the open road in the middle of nowhere. Really great film. And deathproof is a solid recommendation also. No flipping clue what the truck/hearse is in jeepers creepers. The scene where they see the creature toss a body into a dumpster (or whatever it was) is the point where the movie gets straight up spooky. Great list.

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