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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Christine (1983)

Nobody tells a horror story quite like Stephen King whose fertile imagination gave birth to some of the best horror movies of the 1980's including Carrie, The Shining and Children of the Corn.  Christine is another wonderful example of bringing King's tales to life.  

Keith Gordon stars as Arnie, a typical nerdy high school boy who buys and fixes up an old clunker of a car.  As the car springs to life so does Arnie and the two become inseparable.  Heaven help anyone who tries to stand between this boy and his car!  Gordon is great as Arnie playing him with all the right emotional notes.  From wide-eyed innocent to crazed killer, Gordon handles the transformation admirably.  It's fun to watch.

The rest of the cast is great as well and includes 80's notables such as John Stockwell [Top Gun], Alexandra Paul [Baywatch], and Harry Deal Stanton [Alien].  The ensemble works well together and there's not a weak link in the bunch.

But let's not kid ourselves.  The star of this show is Christine.  From the appropriately creepy 1950's music to its ability to repair itself, Christine is a wonder to behold.  The effects are just right.  Not too little.  Not too much.  It would be easy to go over the top with this one but, thankfully, the special effects people show remarkable restraint and it works well.

What more do I need to say?  With John Carpenter [Halloween, The Thing] at the helm as director and a wonderful cast to work with, it was inevitable that a great movie would be made.  Carpenter is one of my all-time favorite horror directors and he does not disappoint with Christine.  He also wrote the music which is quite effective in setting the mood.  Christine stands the test of time and is an 80's classic not to be missed.

RATING: Excellent.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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