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1,333 Ratings

Christine

Directed by John Carpenter
United States, 1983
Horror, Thriller

Synopsis

She was born in Detroit… on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary car. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. Christine is a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way.

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Christine Directed by John Carpenter
It’s a dark movie meant to leave you smiling. Carpenter fans can debate whether it’s minor or underrated; I’ve heard from partisans on both sides. But the final showdown, in which Christine’s last stand comes to the tune of “Rock and Roll is Here to Stay,” exemplifies a technical acumen and tart sensibility to treasure.
May 04, 2017
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Made at the height of Reaganism in American cinema, Christine offers a nuanced and aesthetically vibrant counterpoint to nostalgia-laden films of the mid-1980s. Unlike a film like Back to the Future which indulges in, as much as it portrays, outdated ideals related to race, gender and society, Christine brings those values to the modern age, revealing them to be broken and oppressive.
October 20, 2016
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If both the book and film Christine only seemed to add fuel to the notion that King’s brand of horror was in serious danger of overexposure 30 years ago, the film’s reputation has since put the pedal to the metal, burning serious rubber as one of the most viscerally satisfying King flicks this side of Carrie and The Shining.
March 20, 2013
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What are people saying?

  • Samuel T.'s rating of the film Christine

    Haven't seen since like '86 (I was a barely a kid). Re-viewed to commemorate his excellent just-released first album (not score), and the second ride is even better. The American, psychologically obsessed with shiny, status-elevating trophies of merchandise, of course with haunting repercussions. Oh, and brilliant use of 2.35:1.

  • Zachary George Najarian-Najafi's rating of the film Christine

    Absolutely brilliant. Christine plays like a cross between Rebel Without a Cause and Videodrome. What I can't get over is Carpenter's sense of composition and color. He owes just as much a debt to European art cinema as he does to pulp movies, but his real strength is elevating his material into something uniquely his own. It's fun, bizarre and one hell of a ride.

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Christine

    Wonderful entertainment, skillful filmmaking. I don't even like horror films or read Stephen King, and in general I am a complete snob about lowbrow contemporary American Cinema. But I loved this: the frames, the camera angles, the direction, editing, and the satanic anthroporphising of a 1957 Plymouth Fury...perfect. /// The tagline from the trailer convinced me to watch it: "Body by Plymouth...Soul by Satan!"

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Christine

    It's a shame this is commonly available online in the incorrect aspect ratio, robbing us of Carpenter's gorgeous Scope compositions, but even in its cropped form "Christine" is in the running for the most visually stunning film of Carpenter's oeuvre. The combination of Stephen King and Carpenter's talents proves a palpable force, enough that it seems high time folks stop referring to this as "minor" Carpenter.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Christine

    Although it's adapted from a Stephen King story, Christine is pure John Carpenter and it's a masterpiece of horror in a career filled with them. And it's amazing how Carpenter makes Christine the car into a real character.

  • Z's rating of the film Christine

    Carpenter came out swinging with this relentlessly fast, stylish, cool, ferociously profane, scary and funny King adaptation. Keith Gordon's verbal dust-up and jousting with Harry Dean Stanton in a parking lot is one of my favorite shit talking scenes ever. Carpenter's score for "Christine" is as memorable as John William's score for "Jaws." Carpenter's mean machine shows him working at the highest level of his art.

  • Henri de Corinth's rating of the film Christine

    Hadn't watched this since I saw it on television a few times back in the mid '80s. It's not particularly scary or exciting, and parts of it border on camp today, but it *is* relentlessly dark and humorless throughout (more so even than The Thing), which in a way says something about how we prefer the company of 'things' over other people.

  • VincentVendetta's rating of the film Christine

    The 70's nostalgia for the 50's, an era of pure machoism, conservatism and consumption, was a pretty good preamble for the horrors of the 1980's. Christine is John Carpenter's response to Grease, with the transformation of the innocent nerd into the heartless kid becoming rightfully nightmarish. Man is not only consuming culture but also consumed by it, becoming a machine of its own.

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