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John Carpenter United States, 1983

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.