Published on July 11th, 2011 | by John5
Alternative Movie Vehicles
I’m not a fan of cars, not real ones anyway. I’ve never been overly interested in high velocities or how many horses-to-the-power a vehicle can go. As long as a car has an airbag and will get me and my limbs safely from C to D, I’m thankful. Movie cars however, I love. The Delorean, The Tumbler, Ecto-1 – all wonderful motion picture creations.
But what about those vehicles that possibly just miss out on all those ‘best of’ lists floating around the interwebby. Here’s a break down of a few I like (in no particular order) – hope you enjoy!
M577 APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) Aliens (1986)
Pretty much everything in Aliens looks awesome. LV-426, The Sulaco, the dropship – and the Amoured Personnel Carrier is no exception. It’s just a beast. I’m betting its horn is EPIC.
The Argo ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) Star Trek Nemesis (2002)
You mean we’re still using vehicles with wheels in the 24th century? Well, yes, but this one has two perks; it has a phaser canon strapped to it, and it’s driven by Patrick Stewart, who, as we know, can drive what he likes, regardless of the century. Because he’s the captain.
Centauri’s Space Car The Last Star Fighter (1984)
Robert Preston’s last role in a theatrical film before his death was a memorable one. He drove this gem. He could also take his face off. Literally, Cage/Travolta style.
Dead Reckoning Land of the Dead (2004)
A heavily armored vehicle that mows down zombies both with its sheer force and devastating ammunition. Also provides firework displays for fêtes and various other events on the weekends.
The cool vehicle from Tango & Cash (1989)
I’ve always felt Warner Bros. missed a trick with a potential franchise here. People would have flocked due to the names alone. Pepper & Change. Pepsi & Coins. Sprite & Moolah. Anyone? ANYONE?!
Back to the vehicle, it has a gatling gun bolted to its side = WIN!
EM-50 ‘Urban Assault Vehicle’ Stripes (1981)
Disguised to look like a large recreational vehicle (specifically, a late 70s GMC motorhome) – this is possibly the army’s cleverest idea ever after promoting Bilko to Sergeant. As I was unable to find a video of the vehicle in action, please instead enjoy Bill Murray and Harold Ramis singing.
Ford Anglia Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
IT’S MAGIC AND FLIES, PLUS IT’S REAL!!
I feel I don’t have to expand further on this.
The Griswald’s Wagon Queen Family Truckster National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
Gotta love the Griswalds. Gotta love their car exploits. There were a few videos to pluck from, but I got side tracked and this clip always makes me giggle. Contains swearing.
Other notable mentions go to Blade’s 1968 Dodge Charger, Officer Murphy’s Ford Taurus and Optimus (both the ’86 movie and current franchise) Prime.