Note from Chris:
Halloween is a bit of an oddity among major American holidays; whereas our other holidays have uplifting messages and themes of togetherness and appreciation, Halloween (at least as it is celebrated today) is unique in that it celebrates our infatuation with being scared. Halloween even has its own eponymous horror movie that sums up the holiday's spooky and scary theme in our culture. Yes, Independence Day also has an eponymous movie that has a few minor scares, but few would suggest that the true meaning of July 4 is fighting off marauding aliens.
Halloween in recent decades has become an almost frolicsome holiday that celebrates our mild, somewhat cartoonish pop-culture symbols of evil, such as witches, ghosts, goblins, zombies, and perpetually teenage vampires. Despite this focus on creepiness, Halloween has become an almost frolicsome holiday that celebrates our pop-culture symbols of evil such as vampires, witches, ghosts, goblins, zombies. As entertaining as these things can be, they're really just cartoonish representations of real evil; it takes real people to do truly horrible things.
With one notable exception, the cars that Anthony profiles below were owned by people who did truly evil things. At Car Lust we joke about evil cars, the ones that rust out quickly, lack performance, and break down at the top of the hat, but they're no more truly evil than the caricatures of Halloween. The cars below were all associated with death--not cartoon death, but the deaths of real people that shouldn't be trivialized.
On that note, let's move on to Anthony Cagle's Halloween presentation of some cars that have been as proximate to evil as any car has been.