Top 10 Scary Movie Car Scenes

Most of our scary-movie favorites are packed with great cars that are almost always cinematically and epically damaged. Ever consider the real-life costs?

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Halloween is upon us, folks. Freaky masks, candy corn, and haunted houses are officially in full swing. And to properly get into the spirit of things, we might even indulge in a scary movie or two. It’s no Halloween-style shocker that cars have played some great roles in scaring the ever-loving-hell out of people on the silver screen. Moreover, it seems that many of these scenes make for some seriously messed-up cars, from blood stains to full-on total losses. The cost of filling up your tank can be scary enough, but we would be lying if we didn’t say some of those flicks had us scoping out our back seats before firing up the engine—right?

So in the spirit of spooky, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite peek-through-your-fingers scary car scenes that will have you checking your rear-view. Also, spoiler alert! Don’t say we didn’t warn you. We have also given each of these scenes a (totally unscientific) damage rating out of 5, in case you were wondering how some of these might result in some real-life jacked up insurance rates:

0 – No physical damage, just make sure you get all the counseling you need.

1 – Maybe some blood splatters here and there, you might need a sponge.

2 – Issues are piling up. We need to replace some slashed tires and interiors. Are those claw marks?

3 – That damage could’ve only been done by a chainsaw.

4 – I hope you have full-coverage on this one.

5 – This car—and any innocent folks who may to be inside it—don’t stand a chance. Totaled.


1. Carrie (2013)

The Scene: at the conclusion of Carrie, we see our antagonist standing in the middle of the street, infamously blood-drenched.

The Car: As her bullies come barreling towards her in a 1971 Pontiac LeMans, she uses her telekinesis to bring the car to an abrupt halt, killing the driver with a swift head-butt to the steering wheel. At the terrifying conclusion, she sends the remaining bully into a store window, forcing her face through the car’s windshield.

Damage Rating: 4


2. Christine (1983)

The Scene: This is a spine-chilling movie about a killer car, in a more literal sense than you might imagine. Embodied with some sort of spirit, the 1958 Plymouth Fury is indestructible, homicidal, and tends to even change those unfortunate souls who get behind her wheel – for the very worst.

The Car: In one particular scene, poor Moochie Welch has been chased around town by Christine, cornered, and finally finished as another of the car’s victims. In the process, Christine virtually scrapes off the sides of the Fury to get to Welch.

Damage Rating: 3


3. Zodiac (2007)

The Scene: This film was based on the 1969 “Zodiac Killer”, who claimed 37 victims.

The Car: In the movie, a young couple is killed in their 1963 Corvair Monza after the murderer has driven them to pull over by harassing them with his headlights.

Damage Rating: 1


4. Evil Dead (2013)

The Scene: Mia, our protagonist, has just ditched her family’s cabin in the woods in anger, and is headed out the door with the group’s station wagon.

The Car: After driving flustered in the rain, a possessed version of Mia appears in front of the 1994 Ford Taurus. This unexpected and bone-chilling visitor causes her to crash the station wagon and retreat to the cabin.

Damage Rating: 4


5. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

The Scene: In this famously gore-filled flick, the movie opens with a car chase.

The Car: As the driver of the 1966 Ford Bronco points a gun at the motorcyclist chasing them, he ignores a cow standing in the road. The poor cow is basically obliterated and causes a serious rollover, resulting in some legitimate damage and delivering the victims right into the hands of their chaser.

Damage Rating: 5


6. Scream 3 (2003)

The Scene: A classic American horror film, one of the final edge-of-your-seat scenes occurs when the masked murderer comes for one of the female leads inside a security car.

The Car: Just as we think she has fended off the killer, he appears in the back seat of the 1992 Jeep Grand Cherokee – knife in hand.

Damage Rating: 1


7. Jeepers Creepers (2001)

The Scene: As a couple drives cross-country, they find themselves being followed by an eerie 1941 Chevy COE.

The Car: In one scene, the cannibalistic killer behind the wheel proceeds to repeatedly rear-end the 1960 Chevy Impala, intending to drive them off the road.

Damage Rating: 2


8. Let Me In (2010)

The Scene: In this movie, a young girl who is actually an ancient vampire (what?) has a serial-killer father who must murder to feed his beloved daughter.

The Car: In this scene, Dad is hiding in the backseat of an unsuspecting young man’s 1974 Chevy Impala, and proceeds to make another victim of the high-schooler.

Damage Rating: 1


9. Final Destination 2 (2003)

The Scene: Known for its gore and over-the-top killings, Final Destination 2 packs one heck of a car scene.

The Car: After a fiery accident drives two young girls off the road, flipping their 1996 Chevy Tahoe and trapping them inside (as if that weren’t enough), a Freightliner FLA 104 comes barrelling towards them to end the scene.

Damage Rating: 5


10. Death Proof (2007)

The Scene: Another famously killer car, this movie features a sadistic driver of a “death-proof” 1971 Chevy Nova. Kurt Russell’s character, a stuntman with serious issues, repeatedly smashes his car into unsuspecting on-comers.

The Car: In one scene, a group of young girls is jamming out – one with her leg dangling out the window of their ‘96 Honda Civic, when Death Proof strikes. You can imagine the carnage.

Damage Rating: 5



Can you imagine some of the rates these poor vehicles would’ve faced? Cars are an integral part of our everyday lives, so it’s no wonder that these frightening scenes have us hiding behind our pillows. So, as costumes and candy abound, make sure you check out a couple of these seriously scary movies.

Have any hair-raising car scene favorites of your own?