Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, CHRISTINE is a dark and violent film about the dangers of obsession. When a unpopular young man, Arnie (Keith Gordon), buys a vintage car to restore, it changes his life completely. The more he works on the car, which he names Christine, the more his personality changes. He becomes moody and dark, spending more and more time with the car and less and less with his friends. The friends become concerned as Arnie's passion for the automobile turns to extreme, and he becomes unstable. But the car has powers over the young man, and takes on a life of its own, becoming as obsessed with its new owner as he is of it. Their devotion to one another quickly becomes violent, and separating Arnie from the car is a deadly task for his friends. With CHRISTINE, director John Carpenter delivers a faithful adaptation of the book by Stephen King. One master of horror adapting another's work seems ideal, and the results are as powerful as expected. With Carpenter's ability to make the supernatural seem plausible, even commonplace, the film excels in evoking plenty of scares and nail biting from the audience.
Kelly Preston - American actress, JERRY MAGUIRE
Robert Prosky - American Character Actor
Stephen King - Best-selling horror novelist, THE STAND miniseries (1994)
Richard Bachman - Best-selling horror novelist, THE STAND miniseries (1994)
John Carpenter - Horror Film Director/Composer
John T. Chance - Horror Film Director/Composer
Martin Quartermass - Horror Film Director/Composer
Frank Armitage - Horror Film Director/Composer
Harry Dean Stanton - American character actor
Dean Stanton - American character actor
Alexandra Paul - Supporting Actress
John Stockwell - American Supporting Actor
Keith Gordon - American actor/director, BACK TO SCHOOL/WAKING THE DEAD
After a student purchases a 1958 Plymouth Fury, he discovers that the car possesses a number of unique features. Deep within it, the boy discovers, there lives an unholy presence. Director John Carpenter's film is based on Stephen King's bestseller.
Theatrical release: December 7, 1983. Car enthusiasts were enraged when it was reported that actual vintage cars were destroyed for the film, 14 cars over all. CHRISTINE is based on the Stephen King novel, which can be seen on a bookshelf in the movie. Actor Keith Gordon went on to become a well respected director, helming films such as THE CHOCOLATE WAR, A MIDNIGHT CLEAR, and MOTHER NIGHT.
"...The film is made with spectacular efficiency....CHRISTINE turns out to be full of Carpenter landmarks..." - 03/01/1984 Sight and Sound, p.150
"...[The] flashy auto dominates everything, its jealousy is effectively, and sometimes humorously conveyed....Technically, the film is outstanding..." - 12/07/1983 Variety
"Herbie Goes Satanic in John Carpenter's adaptation of Stephen King's tale....The car's the star..." - 04/01/2005 Uncut, p.141