Over the years Hollywood has unleashed a number of evil cars onto the silver screen. And unlike some of the horrors unleashed by the British car industry in the 1970s, they were truly malevolent and of evil intent, rather than just built by people who were more interested in their next tea break and possibly going on strike.
This Thursday we celebrate the Five Most Evil Cars of All Time. And every one of them is a truly evil, thoroughly awful car.
Yes, that’s right - the loveable “Love Bug” is actually one of the most evil cars on the planet.
Why is that? Well, while in all the many movies Herbie is shown as a delightful dog-like companion and ultimate saviour, it is what isn’t shown that is the real giveaway to Herbie’s evil intent.
His original owner is always trying to give him away, palming him off on several relatives he clearly wants to bump off and Herbie has been “found” several times in junkyards rusting away after unfortunate owners have tried to get rid of him.
But the biggest and most convincing reason that Herbie is truly evil? He is the reason we got the hateful movie “Herbie: Fully Loaded” in 2005 featuring the “acting” skills of human train wreck Lindsay Lohan...
Of course Christine is here. No list of evil cars could ever be complete without the malevolent 1958 Plymouth Fury that was squeezed out of Stephen
King’s strange, worrying mind in 1983.
Possessed by the spirit of a former owner (if you are a fan of the book) or evil since the day she rolled down the production line (if you prefer the John Carpenter movie and George Thorogood songs) Christine not only killed many, many people, she was also something of a nightmare for the makers of the 1983 movie.
Because only 5,303 Furys were produced in 1958, the producers had to used disguised Plymouth Belvederes and Savoys as stunt cars as genuine Furys were so hard to find and expensive to buy once found.
Also, in real life the Plymouth Fury was only ever available in beige, not the sexy and striking red that Christine made so famous...
The evil self-interested prototype to Michael Knight’s K.I.T.T. in the television series Knight Rider is one of the most inept and ineffective evil cars on this list. Achieving precisely nothing of evil note before his ultimate demise the Knight Automated Roving Robot only really had one thing going for him - he was WAY cooler than K.I.T.T.
But then, given that K.I.T.T was essentially a prissy old woman in car form, that is not saying much, but then K.A.R.R. alway had an advantage becuse he was voiced by Canadian actor Peter Cullen, otherwise known as the voice of Optimus Prime, the Predator, the Cylons from “Battlestar Galactica” and, um, Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh...
K.A.R.R.s apparent death at the end of his first appearance has a link to another of our evil cars - the scene where he drives over a cliff is actually taken from the movie “The Car."
A black 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III that has a penchant for mowing down cyclists and marching bands and is possessed by the devil is all you needed to make one of the most brilliantly bad movies of all time.
With no apparent reason for its rampage - other than “evil” - The Car chalks up an impressive victim tally, making it the most deadliest evil car on this list.
The actual movie is fairly evil as well, with a lowly 18 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it has also been named as one of the “100 Most Enjoyable Bad Movies Ever Made” and the Car itself was actually built by legendary Hollywood car customiser George Barris.
Oh, and it is possibly the only car on this list with a link to real life evil - Church of Satan leader and notable looney Anton LaVey was credited as a “Technical Advisor” on the film, although we still suspect Herbie to be some kind of satanic creation..
Chrysler PT Cruiser Cabriolet
Easily the most evil car on earth, the PT Cruiser Cabriolet was not only underpowered and embarrassing not just to be seen in, but also to look at, it handled like a bowl of vomit on a skateboard and was incredibly poorly made.
Only Satan himself could have been responsible for such an awful car and even today its awkward, gormless visage and poorly-designed, graceless body is an insult to every sense you posses. And God forbid you ever drive one - it is like staring into the face of pure, unadulterated, floppy, lacking in structural rigidity evil..