Christine: Now is this
movie cool, or is this movie cool? The coolest thing
movie, hands down, is the car itself. She's like a
Herbie the Love Bug.
If you're unfamiliar with Christine, it
feature film in 1983
directed by legendary horror filmmaker John Carpenter and
upon the novel by Stephen King. Stephen King was so
this time that the movie was in production before the book
published. I'm not too much into Stephen King's
stories, but this
one is very appealing. The idea of a great-looking
that goes around killing people and playing oldies music is
really fantastic premise one can write about in a million
different directions. I thought this was
surprised it didn't start a craze of killer classic car
The movie itself is quite good. But
is about the car. It's unclear why Christine is an
with a mind of its own. Is she possessed by an evil
possibly from Hell? We're not told. We do know her
abilities are beyond anyone's comprehension. We also
has overtaken Arnie and turned him evil.
The car can regenerate itself after being
and does so numerous
times throughout the film. It has a preference for
and her radio will ONLY play these oldies. It can
drive on its
own, and apparently it knows people by their looks.
kills anyone that disrespects her or interferes with her and
Arnie. After being demolished by a ruthless gang of
bullies, Christine carries out a vendetta against each
killing does not stop there. As Arnie deepens into
up to his one-time best friend and girlfriend to stop him
Well, Arnie gets killed by flying through
windshield with a shard
of glass through his torso. After a long battle,
demolished by a bulldozer and later compacted into a cube in
junkyard. But we're talking about a car that can
so is she really finished? Well, there hasn't been a
film so we're assuming so. The film ends ominously, so
Depending on various sources, there were 13 or 16
destroyed in this film. There were about 25 Christine
The 1958 Plymouth Fury is very similar to the 1957 Plymouth
Belvedere. Pretty much when the Fury name was
introduced, it was
a sport and trim package on the Belvedere. So
actually, the cars
used in the film are a combination of Furys and Belvederes.
The 1958 Plymouth Fury cars were quite rare to find even
1983. Many Plymouth enthusiasts were pretty ticked off
this many of the classic cars demolished. However,
repopularized the car and helped save many of them.
how something like a movie can affect a person's attitude
collecting and customizing a car. This same thing can
evidenced with the DeLorean in the "Back to the Future" film
At the time the 1958 Plymouth Fury was produced, they were
beige in color. Stephen King's book explains this car
ordered in Ford red. You may notice at the beginning
Christine was the only car on the line that wasn't beige.
In the original Stephen King book "Christine", the car was a
4-door. This was a big oopsie. There was never a
1958 Plymouth Fury. In the movie, it HAD to be changed
The car that Harry Dean Stanton's character Detective
Junkins drives is
a 1978 Plymouth Fury. Many policemen of the late 1970s
How did the car regenerate itself? Christine would
to think that she did it all herself, but the special
effects guys did
give her a bit of help. Here's how they did it:
The movie shows that Christine has lock knobs on the inside
doors. 1958 Plymouth Furys did not have lock
doors were locked with the inside handles. A
GOOF! But, of
course, such a thing as seeing the knobs lock adds the
suspense that we wouldn't see otherwise.
pumps were installed on the inside of some of the
- The pumps
were attached to the cars' bodywork.
- When the
pumps compressed, they pulled the metal inwards.
footage of the inward crumpling body was reversed to
The scene where Christine completely repairs herself after
smashed by Buddy's gang, and Arnie looks on, having
completely lost his
Christine smashes her fenders as she pursues Moochie down a
The entire Buddy Reperton chase scene, notably:
The burnt Christine rolling into Darnell's Garage.
the gas station, making it blow up with the two thugs
on fire. That's just an awesome visual. How
did they do
that? And it's driving!
on fire chasing and running over Buddy.
Christine continually trying to rebuild herself as Dennis
and Leigh run
over her with the bulldozer.
Finally seeing Christine compressed into a cube.