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Christine Reviews

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½ November 18, 2015
Don't get in between a man and his car! John Carpenter's influence turns this seemingly jalopy of a storyline into a feature on Car And Driver.
½ November 1, 2015
Maybe not as scary as I remember it when it first came out but it's great to watch with a group and make comments at it - sort of your very own Mystery science theater 3000 without the robots.
½ October 31, 2015
One of Carpenter's better films. It's not perfect, but it sure is creepy, atmospheric, and a fun ride. I'd give it a 5 star review if it didn't have so much gosh darn language! Recommended.
October 28, 2015
If most people are touting you as the master of terror, taking on a Stephen King novel is one tick box you really want to be checking off your to do list. Although not the only, but probably the most notorious horror writer, cinema has treated King's work well throughout time, although King himself hates Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining, but what does he know? So it really comes as no surprise then that John Carpenter would tackle his material at some point and although the final product is far from perfect, it has an abundance of character and unease to steer home a watchable and enjoyable film. Arnie isnt a popular boy at school, he lacks confidence, he is a bully victim and his only best friend is a highly successful football player, Dennis. After a rough patch, he decides to treat himself and buys an old beaten up car that no one can really understand his reasoning behind. After working wonders on the renovation and pulling some strings, Arnie has soon transformed into a completely different person, with some suspicious allegations arising about his new found love, Christine the red car. The story is wildly preposterous and its a good thing that Carpenter and co realize this before tackling it head on, Christine has a wonderful sense of black comedy about it, littered with tongue and cheek dialogue, that at first can seem slightly over the top. Although the script is far from perfect it has an enormous amount of charm and tries its best to deviate from normal teen stereotyping the best it can. The cool kid is best friends with the kid everyone hates, the school bully is a knife wielding maniac and the love interest is an intelligent girl, rather than some fake barbie doll who screams the entire way through the movie, its not wildly original but it deviates enough to feel overly familiar and watching Arnie's transformation throughout the run time is brilliant fun and actually gets psychotic the further down the rabbit hole he goes. Keith Gordon really is the star of the show here and luckily Carpenter realizes this early on and allows him to flourish, building a brilliant character arc and undergoing a monumental transformation during the films 1 hour and 45 run time. However Carpenters movie would crumble if Christine was any less than perfect, in a story about a possessed car, you really need to inject as much character as possible into a motorized object and the work he does here is truly breathtaking. Christine feels like a person, albeit a very shy person, Carpenter blurs the lines constantly between who is the driving force behind her rampage, but his wonderful moments with the car behaving on its own are superb. Christine loves to blare 50's rock and roll music to suit her situation, giving the film a huge percentage of its gut wrenching laughs, her ability as well to be utterly terrifying is also to be applauded. Carpenter treats her like another actor in his piece and luckily he spends enough time and energy on her to make her truly stand out, one scene in particular with her engulfed in flames while chasing a character down the road in cinematic bliss. And Christine is a good looking film, the effects work is all top not, everything is done in camera, Carpenter pulls out all his usual tricks, use of lighting, sound, jump scares, he really is the master of suspense and here you will find yourself constantly suckered into the story and feeling uneasy, which yet again is no easy task, given the stories subject matter. Christine is far from perfect however, some characters are hugely underused, Harry Dean Stanton for example is kind of wasted as a police detective, who just shows up in a handful of scenes, Dennis misses the entire 2nd act of the film and Buddy, the school bully, misses just about the entire film. The film jettisons through a huge period of time in minutes and it becomes noticeable how absent some of the plot points feel. Arnie's transformation is acted well but I feel we could have seen more from his family, more from the police detective, more from him being bullied, in making the choice to steam roll ahead, Carpenter touches on just another horror movie over substance slightly, which is a shame cause there are themes here that would be a nice addition, had they been fleshed out. The main issue of course is how completely preposterous the movies story really is, if you are capable of suspending disbelief then Christine is most likely going to grip you from start to finish, however people who prefer their entertainment more grounded in serious realism, will no doubt have huge difficulty enjoying this imaginative outing. It's by no means perfect, however with so much character and charisma, Christine is a hugely entertaining watch.
½ October 25, 2015
Nunca creí que un automóvil asesino pudiera ser tan divertido, la simple idea me parecía absurda.
Me retracto por completo
Super Reviewer
½ October 24, 2015
John Carpenter's compelling horror film about an evil murderous car which is based upon the best selling novel by horror genre master Stephen King. Keith Gordon excels as the shy, nerdish teenage named Arnie Cunningham, who buys a used red 1958 Plymouth Fury; which is a malevolent car with a long history of death behind it. The car which is named Christine will slowly transform Arnie personality completely because of its evil domination of him, it will turn him into a tough, no-nonsense rough-neck with a cocky arrogance that seeks deadly revenge on all the bullies that have tormented him for years, and one by one the bullies will meet gruesome deaths from the merciless Christine. Fine direction by John Carpenter, with superb supporting performances by John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, the late Robert Blossom, Harry Dean Stanton, and the late Robert Prosky. A slick creepy and highly watchable revenge horror film. Highly Recommended.
October 17, 2015
Fantastic flick, but the ending was a little subpar to me.
October 13, 2015
Just brilliant, brilliant
October 12, 2015
It would be tough to combine the talents of John Carpenter and Stephen King and deliver something disappointing. And while Christine may not be Carpenter's best film, it's certainly one of the better King adaptations out there. The film succeeds because Carpenter understands this is an old school psychological thriller, and he builds the atmosphere and suspense gradually until the sh*t inevitably hits the fan. The performances are impressive (especially from Keith Gordon), the cinematography is gorgeous and Carpenter's electronic score sets the mood perfectly. The film is also wise to have a sense of humour about itself, as taking the idea of a "killer car" and making it believable is a tough one to pull off, but Carpenter manages it wonderfully. Far more suspenseful and creepy than all-out scary, Christine remains a highlight in both Carpenter and King's careers.
September 30, 2015
its still an amazing movie
½ September 29, 2015
John Carpenter is in his prime and puts together another all around entertaining movie. His cinematography, soundtrack, and directing are all on point in Christine. The two main characters (I am including Christine, the Plymouth Fury as a character) evolve in chilling fashion.
½ September 28, 2015
It's amazing how it's always the ones we feel sorry for that get crazy and arrogant once they find someone or something that's interested in them.
It's a good thriller, the colourful scenery is pretty attractive!.
August 25, 2015
I did like the Christine based on the Stephen King book where a high school senior is obsessed with a red 1958 Plymouth fury but I was disappointed in the acting except for harry dean stanton who plays a state police detective
½ July 17, 2015
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. I personally find this as one of Carpenter's best films, and probably one of the better Stephen King novel adaptations. I love this film!
July 6, 2015
This is the best movie ever
June 12, 2015
John Carpenter toma el amor por los autos clásicos y lo vuelve un viaje sin reterno hacia la locura y la muerte en "Christine" , aunque un auto no asuste tanto como un asesino serial clásico de esa época.
½ June 1, 2015
Simple and easy to follow. classic old skool effects that just work
½ May 27, 2015
Interesting Stephen King adaptation from master of horror John Carpenter. Nerdy Keith Gordon lovingly restores an old car, only to find out it's a possessed or somehow sentient car with supernatural powers and the two then form a near sexual relationship. The horror comes in when the car begins to on it's own chase down Gordon's high school rivals (led by William Ostrander who sports some killer sideburns absolutely worth noting) and the ultimately gets jealous of his girlfriend, Alexandra Paul. This film was somewhat different from Carpenter's often claustrophobic horror film that he wrote himself, but this film does have his familiar spare and almost classic Hollywood directing style. While the film is competently crafter, I think Carpenter hit the nail on the head with what went wrong with the film, which is they didn't make it scary enough. However, despite the film not being as scary as it should have been, it still has quite a bit to like about it. Gordon makes a believable transition from awkward nerd (which maybe started out a bit over-the-top with the taped glasses) to something of an angry delinquent. Harry Dean Stanton is terrific in a small supporting role as a police detective investigating the murders connected to the killer car. I couldn't take my eyes off of him he so good in his few scenes. Robert Blossom is quite memorable as the creepy brother of the car's previous owner (who died under mysterious circumstances). Robert Prosky is also good in as a curmudgeonly auto body shop owner. Besides these actors' scenes, the film has some memorable sequences, such as the flaming car chasing down own of Gordon's foes, and the smoking car coming back to the garage and especially the scene where Gordon realizes his car has supernatural powers and tells the car, "Okay. Show me." It had been years since I saw this film and I liked it more than I remembered. Although this film isn't as classic among either Carpenter or King films, it does deserve more respect than I think it's gotten.
½ April 30, 2015
Christine is your fairly typical King fare done well with the play between dark and camp that John Carpenter is best known for. The premise is silly and feels like a tale out of Goosebumps or Are You Afraid Of The Dark, where a geeky boy buys a car that takes possession over him as he changes into a hot shot douchebag who's obsessed with his car and grows violent towards anyone who disses his car. In dark fashion, it goes to show that being overly obsessive can change you and be consequential... and in the case of this film, deadly to others! Cool film, I guess.
April 24, 2015
Decent horror-thriller, but could have been far better.

Based on a Stephen King novel, the story of a possessed, evil car that harms and/or kills its owners
and anyone associated with them. The movie started very well, with
heaps of intrigue and you wondering where this will all lead.

However, it doesn't really lead anywhere overly profound or original.
The movie simply becomes a vigilante movie, and then a standard action
movie (just with a car being the bad guy!). Last 40% of the movie is
quite disappointing, especially after what came before.

Overall though, intriguing and entertaining enough to be watchable. Not
a must-see, but there are worse ways to spend your time.
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