Christine (1983) 🚘
Yesterday I watched "Christine (1983)" for the first time. This movie is directed by John Carpenter (Halloween) and based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King (Carrie). The cast includes Keith Gordon (Dressed to Kill), John Stockwell (My Science Project), Alexandra Paul (Baywatch), Robert Prosky (Dead Man Walking) and Harry Dean Stanton (Alien). I've had the DVD of this movie in my collection for over three years now. This was honestly just a random movie that I had drawn from my collection to watch. I have never read the source material. John Carpenter has deeply impressed me with Halloween and The Thing, so I'm always eager to discover more of his work. After viewing Christine I want to point out first that it didn't quite reach the heights of the aforementioned movies in terms of quantity. With that being said, it's certainly not a bad movie either. Far from it. Christine features Carpenter's trademark suspense build-up and that's satisfying to enthrall every single time. The acting performances aren't always balanced, but the three lead actors have believable chemistry together. It was funny seeing Stuart Charno (Ted from Friday the 13th Part 2) in a non-speaking role here. This movie doesn't look or feel dated and that is largely thanks to the stylish direction of John Carpenter. Some scenes are cheesy when you're trying to think of the most logical explanation for a car that is regenerating itself over and over again. The character development is a strong aspect of the storyline, but I noticed an obvious plothole in the beginning of the movie that bothered me the whole time. I feel like there was a pivotal scene missing inbetween the lead character going from awkward and unpopular teenager to 1950s greaser with girlfriend. I couldn't even find this part in the heaps of deleted scenes, so I guess it wasn't included in the novel either? The soundtrack is absolutely phenomenal from start to finish. Christine is a creepy and often fascinating character study that is definitely worthy of its achieved "cult classic" status. I highly recommend this movie to everyone and the DVD is totally staying in my collection!
Rating: 7️⃣.5️⃣/ - 1 day ago