Christine is, of course, utterly ridiculous. But I enjoyed it anyway. The movies have a love affair with cars, and at some dumb elemental level we enjoy seeing chases and crashes. In fact, under the right circumstances there is nothing quite so exhilarating as seeing a car crushed, and one of the best scenes in Christine is the one where the car forces itself into an alley that's too narrow for it.
Christine does indeed suffer from the preposterous, low-octane nature of the devil-car pretext. But this satanic nonsense is saved from strictly facetious appeal by a few sensational pictorial effects, notably the sights of Christine speeding after a victim while engulfed in flames or miraculously repairing her own battered body, and by the no-nonsense performances of an excellent cast, especially Keith Gordon as the obsessed and transformed Arnie Cunningham.
Christine is a cult thriller by John Carpenter. Perhaps one of his best films. Christine is a great thriller that has both mysticism and suspense. Yes, the first 20 minutes of the film may seem boring, the plot is really slowly spinning. But then the film looks literally in the same breath. And after all, Christine does not have a gigantic budget, not a stellar cast. That's the greatness of John Carpenter. He makes cult films without a budget, sometimes so far for the mass audience that they acquire cult status only after a few years. For me, Christine stands in the ranking of Carpenter's best films in one place with The Thing. Now such thrillers are almost not removed, and the mysticism is no longer so gracefully presented to the viewer. I can only advise everyone to watch this masterpiece
When Christine's on the warpath, she foams at the grille. But her movie doesn't do right by her snottiness. Her movie, never scary but campily entertaining for about an hour, loses compression toward the end and the grumpy old thing finally sputters to a stall - gets flattened, poops out. [09 Dec 1983]
Christine seems like a retread. This time it's a fire-engine red, 1958 Plymouth Fury that's possessed by the Devil, and this deja vu premise (from the novel by Stephen King) combined with the crazed vehicle format, makes Christine appear pretty shop-worn.
The early parts of the film are engaging and well acted, creating a believable high school atmosphere. Unfortunately, the later part of the film is slow in developing, and it unfolds in predictable ways. The special effects are good, the performances are nicely deadpan, and the score is clever. But Christine herself is something of a bust.
Arnie Cunningham, un joven que sufre acoso escolar, consigue el automóvil de sus sueños: un Plymouth Fury del 58. Arnie se obsesiona con el vehículo y este cobra vida propia y empieza a asesinar a quienes se interponen entre ellos.
Tengo opiniones encontradas con respecto a este clásico de John Carpenter basado en la novela homónima de Stephen King.
Los efectos especiales es quizás el aspecto mejor logrado de esta película, el auto en cuestión es una preciosidad, hasta yo babearía por un auto así, pero en vez de llamarlo Christine le pondría Robert Pattinson, pero bueno. Los personajes son una pereza total, el protagonista hace un buen trabajo, pero es desagradable y cae mal y los demás parecen que tuvieran depresión todo el tiempo. Por último la historia y ritmo es a mi juicio el punto más débil, la ejecución es débil y penosa, el ritmo es insufrible, los 110 minutos de duración se me hicieron eternos, pero bueno, logré quitarme la curiosidad, ya que desde hace años que quería ver esta película y nunca me había hecho el tiempo de hacerlo.
Tiene escenas muy buenas y vistosas, pero por si solas son fáciles de olvidar y la banda sonora no ayuda en lo absoluto.
3 de 5
I enjoyed this eighties tale of Herbie gone psycho. The violence was a bit muted for my tastes but the idea and the execution are entertaining enough for it not to matter. It is not too slow even though not a huge amount happens. There is excitement in the form of lots of car action sequences but nothing too huge to handle. The petrol station blowing up was very cool. There wasn't much suspense. This is not an especially scary horror movie but it is a good film to watch with a beer to warm you up to something scarier. Entertaining but not as good as a less obviously hokum filled horror.
It was quite slow moving and wasn't that scary at all. A Plymouth Fury could could not be a more non-threatening model. I get an image in my head of my grandpa driving something like that. And aside from memorable moments from Keith Gordan, everyone is unamusing or a cartoon stereo-type of every kind of high school teenager.
Christine is a 1983 horror directed by John Carpenter... John Carpenter is a great film maker and he brought us The Thing which was really good as a gory horror movie with added creepy music, The Thing was about some lifeform possibly from outer space immitating humans and taking over their bodies or something and Kurt Russell was great... Christine is basically a story about a red car which kills people and Keith Gordon who plays Arnie Cunningham buys it from some old man who doesn't tell him other people have died inside the car. The car is trashed by hoodlums that Arnie knows and the car goes on a revenge spree killing the people who trashed it, the car even drives full of flames and runs down somebody. A gas station explodes which is a good part and a few people die from the car including Arnie eventually at the end and the car is trashed properly and ends up at a tip or junkyard completely demolished and crushed. This is one of the worst films I've ever seen especially for a horror movie as it was neither entertaining or scary or a good story. The fact it won positive awards is a joke and the acting is awful and the ending was disappointing. I think the only good and half decent acting in Christine was by Harry Dean Stanton and Alexandra Paul was pretty cute but besides that the rest of the cast were bloody awful. Christine is a poor horror movie that lacks in almost every department and is missing that spark and the car wasn't scary or impressive and the film was ridiculous in every way possible. Avoid this film and John Carpenter should be ashamed.