Welcome back, ghouls and monsters, to our 2020 Halloween Cover Countdown! In 2017 we did one horror cover each day of October, counting down to Halloween and this year, we’re doing it again!
We have so many new people that we think we can bring you some of the best horror covers for books, movies, and games to get you in the mood for the spooky month and gear you up for the horror lover’s big day of the year.
The Horror Community waves their Horror Banner high throughout the year but October is where we really go nuts. I know that’s kind of obvious but it’s also the only time in the year where almost everyone is on the same page horror-wise.
So let’s check out the cover to kick off the Halloween Cover Countdown!
A small desert town is terrorized by a powerful, seemingly possessed car, and the local sheriff may be the only one who can stop it.
The Car is a bit cheesy in spots but it makes up for it in great effects and good characters. There are a lot of good little details that I thought were really cool.
For instance, in one part the Demon Car specifically veers away from the abusive douchebag to instead hit the good guy on the road. And later, even though they need his help, it’s not a big, dramatic “Redeeming the Dick” moment. Even with Wayne, who is a good guy, doesn’t change his mind on the supernatural and demons in general. Even at the end he refuses to recognize it for what it was,
The Car actually managed to surprise me with some of the character’s fates. When I thought I had a good idea of where it was going it hit reverse and made a sharp left.
There’s also a part with Wayne (James Brolin) later in the movie that I really, really loved. Before going off to confront The Car for the final showdown he pauses, looks at his dad’s picture, and takes his father’s badge from the frame for luck. He then takes a last look at his two daughters before going. It’s a sweet little scene that I love and it’s not overdone.
But The Car is the real star of the show. Yes, that might seem obvious given the name of the movie but I vividly remember Godzilla (2014) having precious little Godzilla so sometimes titles can be deceiving. In The Car, there are some very creepy cruising POV shots from The Car’s perspective and some truly awesome stunts.
I won’t give it all away so you can check it out for yourselves!
Check back every day for a new book, movie, or game cover throughout the month of October!
GracieKat was the first co-host of Sci-Fi & Scary, Lilyn’s partner-in-crime, and sub-head of the Kali Krew. She reviews horror books, movies, and games for the site. She also does a weekly Focus on the Frightful feature, and is the site list-maker. She is also in control of the Sci-Fi & Scary podcast which will relaunch soon.