Sunday, May 03, 2009

Driving as a Haunting Experience

I must admit that cars are not as interesting to me as they are to most people I know. I love my car because it gets me from point A to point B, and I can listen to music at the same time. As far as that goes, I'm easy to please.

But if you're going to talk about cars and scary stories? Hey, I'm all over that. And I'm not alone.
One of Stephen Spielburg's first movies was a 1971 made for TV suspense tale called Duel. It had about two lines of dialogue and featured a demonic black trailer truck chasing down a mild-mannered commuter.

Then Stephen King introduced the idea of a very disturbed car when he unleashed Christine on the public back in 1983. And he didn't stop there, either. Check out Dolan's Cadillac or From a Buick 8. Mr. King figured out a long time ago that cars and tales of horror can go hand in hand quite nicely.

Nothing makes a car more interesting to me than the idea of it being haunted, and there's any number of tales involving just that concept. Like the story of the driver who glances into her rear view mirror one night and sees the face of someone who is sitting in her back seat. Even though she knows she's alone in the car. Like the shock of the trucker who picks up a hitchhiker only to find that further down the road, his mysterious passenger has vanished into thin air. Or like all the drivers who pass a particular cemetery, who swear that at certain times their cars will lose all power as they pass the cemetery gates. Their lights will go out. The sound system will refuse to play. The horn won't work, and neither will the power windows. Fortunately, though, the engine keeps running. That way they can drive on down the road and find that the lights, the radio, and the windows work just fine once they're away from the graveyard.

I love scary stories, so when I was asked to blog about driving, I figured I'd throw a few ghosts into the mix to make it more interesting for myself. And hey, right now one of the best scary shows on TV features a 1967 Chevy Impala. Although as the picture at the top of this post suggests, I'm not sure the car is the only reason so many people are watching Supernatural...


Martin Bartloff said...

I don't think any of my cars are haunted, I couldn't deal with it if any of them were and it would have to go.
However I wouldn't put it past it that cars have souls. Mine have personality-oh yes.

Christine was crazy darn movie, gave me some nightmares.


Mary Cunningham said...

One of my husband's favorite King movies is Christine. Very creepy!

Interesting post!

Alyssa Montgomery said...

As to Supernatural, I believe that the car is important to the show! I know the show wouldn't be the same without it:) And I bet there are people who watch the show for the car, too:)


Pam Ripling said...

You've hit a great point. Imagine sitting in a car and having all the doors lock at once and you can't get out... Mr. King really knows where we live!

And yeah, I'm not sure the car is the only thing we are looking at on S*natural...


L.J. Boldyrev said...

missed an episode since these boys first came on scene. LOVE this show.

The car is very fitting of Dean Winchester.

L.J. Boldyrev