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Christine

Whoa, whoa. You better watch what you say about my car. She’s real sensitive. (Arnie Cunningham)


Year: 1983
Director: John Carpenter
Screenplay: Bill Phillips
Actors: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, …
Runtime: 110 min


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Summary of Christine film plot

Arnie Cunningham is a high school nerd who has only one good friend, Dennis. But everything changes when Arnie buys an old red 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine. As Arnie starts to restore the car, his personality changes too. Once a shy insecure person, Arnie becomes over-confident and arrogant. Dennis and Arnie’s girlfriend Leigh find out about Christine’s deadly past. They decide to bring Arnie back to reality by destroying Christine. But Christine isn’t easy to destroy - she fights back.

Main differences between the Stephen King book and film - Christine

  • In the film Christine is simply an evil car, but in the book there are hints that Roland LeBay is possessing her. At least Roland’s ghost is driving her when fighting with Dennis and Leigh.
  • In the end of the book Christine appears not to be dead for good, because there is an article in an newspaper about a mysterious car accident in which Christine could be involved.

What TheDarkKing thinks about the Christine film

John Carpenter’s Christine is a horror movie without ghosts, monsters, zombies and it isn’t gory at all. It’s simply an evil possessed car that gives you the chill.

If you’ve read Stephen King’s book you might be disappointed that the ghost of the former car owner isn’t in the film story, since Carpenter focused more on Christine as a very jealous and vengeful car rather than on the possession aspect of it.

Having said that the movie is still very watchable. The film moves on a slow pace, building up tension and atmosphere and results in a very exciting climax. The actors have done a great job, especially Keith Gordon as Arnie. His development from a nerdy teenager to a confident young man to a real deal psychopath is very believable. The only thing that’s a little bit annoying, like in almost any other teenage film, is that the actors are too old to be highschool teens, but hey, we’re used to that, right?

Christine itself, a ‘58 Plymouth Fury, is a beautiful car and you can easily imagine to fall in love with her as well.

Christine - the movie is a well-made film. It’s fun to watch the car, the actors and the 50s hair cuts and styles. The fabulous 50s music brings a lot of suspense. And one thing’s for sure, the next time you see an oldtime car you’ll think of Christine and if this sister of her might be as evil as she was.

If you’re now interested in watching the movie or reading the book, click on the following link to buy the DVD “Christine” or the book “Christine” at amazon.com!

Rate this movie…

  •  poor, don’t watch it
  •  well done, good work

 

7 Comments »

  1. January 30, 2006 @ 3:18 am

    Luis said,

    I really shit myself reading Christine, but the movie is just BORING.

  2. June 18, 2006 @ 10:37 am

    MJ said,

    I have to agree with Luis. The book is REALLY exciting, but the movie is just plain boring. It’s just not scary when Christine turns on the radio and the green lights. And I just couldn’t get over it that Arnie and all the other highschool teens are just no teens at all. Why on earth they don’t take real teenagers in such movies? Sure there are alot of promising youngsters who would be delighted to play a role in a movie? As I said this movie is boring, better read the book or watch another Stephen King movie, like Shining or Carrie.

  3. September 26, 2006 @ 12:12 am

    adam said,

    this is a great movie hands down,it might take a few looks,but overall a great movie

  4. October 23, 2006 @ 12:21 pm

    Victoria said,

    I love the movie Christine! The sound of that V8 roaring when the title first appears on the screen…pure sex on wheels! I even named my car after her because of her tempramental moods HaHa :-) I must have wathed the film over a hundred times and I still never get tired of watching it.

  5. December 1, 2006 @ 5:06 am

    Cheryl said,

    I really got the creeps reading the book,but I can honestly say I dug the movie as well. Try doing both at the same time,then walk across a deserted parking lot at night,then see a pair of headlights come on . That will scare the crap out of anybody! Luckily it was a Buick.

  6. September 30, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

    ChristineLuva'58 said,

    The book is AWESOME!!!!! The movie is AWESOME, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Christine is the coolest evil car EVER!!! If I decided to drive, I would want a car that looks exactly like Christine!!!!!!!

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