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3.4
1,231 Ratings

Christine

Directed by John Carpenter
United States, 1983
Action, Drama, Horror

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Christine

    I couldn't appreciate this film twenty years ago, but today I think it's a fine piece of work. Carpenter creates some real strong images for the freaky symbiosis between man and machine: Arnie's slowly changing character, the burning car chasing a man through the night, Christine's efforts to repair herself or Arnie's loving touch in the end.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Christine

    Carpenter said he didn't care for the material, it was just a job he took to help his career after The Thing flopped. To his credit, the disinterest doesn't show; the camerawork and FX are top-notch. But disinterest is understandable: the film is mired in enough script problems that the interesting concept—frustrated teen masculinity feeding supernatural evil—isn't give enough care. Still, nice moments.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Christine

    A fun and quite thrilling movie that despite a very silly premise delivers the goods. There is some decent acting on display courtsey of Gordon and Stockwell as the central characters. The direction is good and keeps things moving along nicely. Music and photo is also solid. The only downside is that it meanders a bit towards the end and that it does not become scary or thrilling enough.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Christine

    From the car's drifting 'fin' as it moves shark-like along the line (beautifully evoking the underwater terror of Jaws) to the shot of the first victim reflected in the drivers' side mirror, Carpenter establishes the presence of Christine as a legitimate femme fatale. Not just an inanimate object or embodiment of evil in the supernatural sense, but an actual seductive killer, motivated by jealously, lust and revenge.

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