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Christine Reviews

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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'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.
Super Reviewer
September 12, 2016
The few changes made in the original story only weakens this flawed adaptation and makes its premise seem even more ludicrous than it already is, but at least all this is compensated well enough by the movie's style, expert editing and Carpenter's firm direction.
September 9, 2016
It's quite ridiculous at times, but Christine manages to be somewhat entertaining with several fun scenes and good performances.
August 13, 2016
I hadn't seen this John Carpenter film since I was a teen so it was nice to revisit it. Based on Stephen King's book about a killer car. The movie isn't great, but I found it enjoyable. There's a lot of humour to it, and the practical effects are excellent. I also occasionally listened in on the director commentary with John Carpenter and star Keith Gordon who also became a director, it's both informative and entertaining. Worth a watch for genre fans.
July 28, 2016
A very satisfying John Carpenter classic. This has to be one of the best adaptations from a Stephen King novel, it's well made, has a lot of likeable characters and the car itself must be the most famous car in horror history. The score is also memorable, which sounds like a crossover between the themes of "Halloween" and "The Exorcist", with also some elements of "Zombi", only to make a creepy theme. An overall very good film. Recommended !!
July 27, 2016
Christine is a film that is sadly overlooked these days. When most people think of great Stephen King adaptations, they usually think of The Shining or Misery...but for my money Christine is the best that there is, it's got a pretty good atmosphere, some great character development, great tension, and some pretty great scary parts too. Christine is a great, fun film that is sure to chill most and that any fan of John Carpenter, Stephen King, or good horror movies should not miss.
July 25, 2016
Christine is about a car that kills people.

Score: 7/10
July 18, 2016
A solid Stephen King adaptation. Sticks very closely to the book.
July 18, 2016
Finally seen this classic. Worth waiting ;) Another good Stephen King.
July 11, 2016
So good. The book is great, too. It has took a bit of a hit with time, but still holds up as a good late night film.
July 9, 2016
Like Halloween, Carpenter brings us another chilling horror vehicle into his directing career.
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