Arnie Cunningham or ‘C**tingham’ as he’s called by the school bullies is a nice chap with really only one real friend star football player Dennis. He’s awkward around people but things change when he spots a wrecked Plymouth Fury on the way home from school. The car is called ‘Christine’ and is owned by an old guy whose brother had it before him. Arnie sets himself a project to restore the car to it’s former glory and keeps it at an old garage owned by Will Darnell (Robert Prosky). He does a grand job on the car and becomes obsessed with it, with his new found confidence he also manages to pull the hot new girl Leigh (Alexandra Paul). Of course Christine has a sinister past and no one messes with her or Arnie, if they do they will certainly live to regret it.
Christine is John Carpenter’s adaption of Stephen King’s best selling book. It’s a classic ghost story and revenge picture with the horror flair Carpenter brings to his work. The two main stars, a career best Keith Gordon and John Stockwell have both gone on to successful directing careers with Gordon complimenting the director for his support in the commentary on the disc. The supporting cast is equally as good with veteran character actors Harry Dean Stanton and Roberts Blossom (the old boy with the shovel in Home Alone) turning in great performances.
Although not a huge effects film, what you see is very impressive especially Christine rebuilding herself. Considering this is years before CGI was even thought off, it’s executed amazingly well. When I first saw it on Betamax after I read the book in my youth, I loved it and even today the movie packs a really good emotive punch.
My favourite scene was and still is when the fat bloke is getting chased by Christine and thinks he escaped by going up a narrow alleyway. Of course the demonic car has other ideas and again the effect is impressive in the pre-digital era. Director Carpenter’s (and Alan Howarth) mimimalistic score is as always outstanding and the choice of good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll tunes for certain scenes is truly inspired.
A real bona fide classic (horror or otherwise) and with loads of special features, a nice HD picture there isn’t a reason not to pick it up.
- Starring Keith Gordon John Stockwell Alexandra Paul Roberts Blossom
- Director John Carpenter
- Distributor Powerhouse Films / Indicator