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June 25, 2017
170624: I was driven back to Christine after watching 1977's The Car. For a film that is now 34 years old, Christine features some pretty good special effects. It's a decent story but lacks consistent intensity. Showcasing a Camaro and Charger, Christine will always be a gem for car guys though. Well worth watching!
May 23, 2017
No one considers this as a one of Carpenter's best. I guess one should expect this to be extremely horrifying, but it's a campy horror movie about a murderous car, that means it's practically meant to be silly.
½ May 13, 2017
John Carpenter can shoot a film! Even when his heart may not be invested in the project.
Christine is full of simple, gorgeous cinematography, and with the limited plot and static "villain" (its a car) the film gives the audience plenty of time to enjoy the mis en scene.
Extra half star for Harry Dean Stanton stopping by for a a quick afternoon 3 scene shoot.
May 8, 2017
Under appreciated doesn't begin to describe this classic from Stephen King and John Carpenter. A possessed killer car off a Detroit assembly line, what could go wrong?
½ April 23, 2017
timeless classic...not as scare in today's standard
½ April 23, 2017
Haven't read the Stephen King novel this is based on so I don't know if it made a mockery of the source material but on its own its a serviceable thriller.
April 15, 2017
I think it was a safe bet that combining the talents of John Carpenter and Stephen King was always going to deliver something memorable. Christine may not be Carpenter's best film, but it's aged incredibly well and remains one of the better King adaptations. The film works because Carpenter understands the psychological aspects of the novel and uses them to draw the viewer in, despite the fact we all know how the story will unfold. He builds the suspense and tension slowly until the shit inevitably hits the fan. All the performances are impressive, but it's Keith Gordon who carries the movie. His character's transformation from high school nerd to possessed madman is a believable one, whereas a lesser actor would've taken it over-the-top. Carpenter fills the movie with plenty of atmosphere, some wonderful cinematography, and his electronic score sets the mood perfectly. Another wise choice was to give the film a sense of humour, as the idea of a 'killer car' is a tough one to take seriously. Christine is more of a suspenseful character study than an all-out horror movie, but it remains a highlight in both Carpenter and King's careers.
½ April 13, 2017
Perhaps unique even today.
April 7, 2017
A car that kills people. But it also transforms a geek into a ladies man. The ending wasn't as good as I'd wished, but still its a good movie.
½ April 4, 2017
suspenseful and a great stephen king adaptation but truly aint so interesting and sometime anti-climatic but a true scary movie
February 21, 2017
Decent killer car movie. Not Carpenter or King's best stuff, but it's still fairly entertaining. It's funny seeing Keith Gordon transforming into this bad ass. It's less intimidating and more frustrating.
February 10, 2017
Pretty decent adaptation, and oh so of the times. Great soundtrack.
½ February 1, 2017
In a shortened version this would have made for a great episode of the Twilight Zone! Oddly intriguing and a movie that despite it's almost comical premise works well enough to keep you watching until the end.
½ December 20, 2016
Christine is a cat, a jungle red loving femme fatale that could lure any man into her clutches with just the right lighting and just the right sort of desperation. She gets off on manipulating those weaker than her; she's a sadist with looks good enough to help establish her innocence when need be. Murder isn't far from her brain when the relationship between she and her object of desire is threatened. She'd do anything to keep herself, and her most recent boy toy, protected in the cruel world in which we live.
Christine is also a 1958 Plymouth Fury, the type of car motor fetishists gawk at and purchase no matter the cost. And she's alive, ready to kill anyone who isn't her owner.
Which is exactly why she's so dangerous. We first meet her before she's even off the assembly line, a place where she maims two men who push her over the edge. Little Richard and Buddy Holly blare through the stereo whenever she's feeling especially bloodthirsty. The interior lights up like a Christmas tree when she's in the mood to off whoever's inside. Driving, it seems, is not as important as extermination.
So when the film jumps ahead twenty years, we're more than disturbed -in the two decades since we last saw her, she's probably slaughtered hundreds of men and women that didn't much tickle her fancy.
In our reintroduction to her is she sitting in a scruffy man's desolate yard, dusty and in pieces. She looks like the survivor of a brutal race against Herbie. No one should want her. Unless they're cash strapped and have a thing for automobiles that used to be great. So naturally, she attracts the attention of a pair of teenagers, one a wimp and one a stud.
The stud, footballer Dennis (John Stockwell), sees garbage when he steps in front of Christine's cracked headlights. But the wimp, Arnie (Keith Gordon), sees a treasure in the making. Already socially inept, being the owner of a car Steve McQueen'd be proud to drive might propel him to status comparable to Dennis's. And it'd be nice, anyway, to have the fixing up of a car help him take his mind off the unceasing psychological battles brought on by bullies and by his own skinny covering of self-confidence.
But not long after he hands his cash over - the man selling sympathetically drops the price to $250 - does Arnie metamorphose into the guy he's always wanted to be: suave, self-assured, and a little cocky. He's shed his bulky glasses and now dominates conversations. He's kind of a dick. And kind of as convincingly tough as one of John Travolta's cronies in "Grease" (1978). Clear, though, is that something's very, very wrong; and Dennis, alarmed by the change in his friend's demeanor and by the weirdly commanding presence of Christine, takes it upon himself to get to the bottom of the starkly unbelievable mystery.
"Christine," of course, is starkly unbelievable, too. No matter how hard one tries, it's impossible to have a car with a mind of its own serve as a villain without a laugh of disbelief to follow a death scene. Having not read the source material, which is, famously, a minor Stephen King novel, it's difficult to tell how much better the story worked on the page as opposed to on the screen. Here, it's involving but also slightly dizzy, the well-made dead teenager movie that doesn't have the premise to soundly back everything around it.
John Carpenter, who directed and co-scored "Christine" as a contractual obligation following the financial failure of 1982's now classic "The Thing," wasn't so enamored with the text being adapted himself. "It just wasn't very frightening," he lamented in a 2015 interview. "But it was something I needed to do at that time for my career." That the film manages to be a classic case of cinematic professionalism that cannot overcome a middling story is impressive. Carpenter could switched onto autopilot. But instead he makes "Christine" an admittedly ridiculous horror movie that surprisingly never puts forth a shoddy exterior. If we could more easily accept its antagonist, we'd have something stellar. But we can only kind of do such a thing, and so the movie's competently produced though modestly unnerving.
½ December 12, 2016
Surprisingly well crafted movie based on Stephen King's novel. A director matters when it comes to quality, even in trashy productions.
½ November 1, 2016
Only someone the caliber of John Carpenter could pull off a movie about a possessed 58 Plymouth Fury out for blood and a young man's heart, "Christine" is made of pure cheese and enguinity, and 33 years later it still holds up thanks to Carpenter's heavily preferred use of practical effects. "Christine" isn't one of Stephen King's most acclaimed, well known adaptations, but I absolutely fricking adore it, truly a love that stands the test of time.
October 14, 2016
John Carpenter is scary. Stephen King is scary. And when you put those two together...it's kind of awful. Christine is a terrible horror movie. The plot is half-baked, the acting is laughable and the scares are boring. The "reconstruction" scenes really are the only redeemable quality of this mess. What a misfire!
October 7, 2016
Otra de esas obras que nos demuestra lo buen cineasta que es Carpenter.

Era dificil de creer que una obra con una propuesta tan alocada pueda ser una película de terror tan bien enfocada y recreada. Christine no nos dará miedo per se, pero la tensión se va construyendo poco a poco de forma magistral, no solo por las actuaciones de sus actores, la edición y ese brutal ritmo, sino por los increibles planos que consiguen convertir a Christine en un elemento realmente amenzador.

Una cinta que se rodó y editó con gran mimo, algo que se deja ver en cada segundo de película.
½ October 3, 2016
Stephen King has a habit of taking ordinary objects - hedge animals, dogs, and in the case of Christine, cars - and turns them into extraordinary, and usually haunted, objects. The problem with Christine is that, aside from a few select moments, this haunted car just doesn't pack many scares. There are scenes that work, especially those when either a specific '50s classic rock song or John Carpenter's mysterious soundtrack come into play, but for the most part, the thrills are mostly flat. It's rare to complain about ambiguity, but perhaps a few more details of exactly what's motivating this car to go on a merciless killing spree would do this story well. The other "half" of this story, dealing with the teenagers and their relationships, is actually handled pretty well: the interactions and overall atmosphere fits the era well, and the performances, while nothing special, get the job done. It's far from the kind of work expected from someone like John Carpenter: fortunately, even the lesser works of a legend like Carpenter are only middle-of-the-line.
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