“Christine” Mows Down #31daysofhorror! “Cult Movie Monday” Revs The Engine On John Carpenter’s Best Musical Scores!

“Christine” Puts A Spell On You!

As we celebrate #31daysofhalloween, I am taking part in a great group that is celebrating the film scores of legendary Director John Carpenter!

Since it’s “Cult Movie Monday”, I wanted to look at one of his most beloved films – that utilizes two separate soundtracks!

In 1983, Carpenter took Stephen King’s new horror novel “Christine” and turned it into one of his most enduring films.

The Director has admitted that after the failure of his 1982 classic “The Thing”, he needed to take a project that could reestablish him…so why not take a brand new Stephen King novel and create a world of a “killer car?”

Keith Gordon stars as a nerd who is being bullied at school…but when he buys a car that has an evil personality, he comes under its spell and vengeance begins.

Checkout the trailer:

The film has a “Stand By Me” feel to it: King also wrote that novel, which Director Rob Reiner made into a classic “coming of age” film…which is what “Christine” is as well – with a horror element that takes it to the next level!

Keith Gordon stars as a nerdy who is bullied at school, with only one good friend, who is with him with he see a battered and beat up “Christine” and buys it! But, he soon begins to change as “Christine” takes over…

Two soundtracks were released for the film, one showcasing the music written and composed by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth, the other a collection of great songs from that era.

When we open the film in the car assembly line, what song is playing as “Christine” is revealed? “Bad To The Bone.”

Later in the film, as Gordon’s girlfriend – played by Alexandra Paul – is trapped in the car choking, the radio plays “We Belong Together”.

The second soundtrack is Carpenter and Howarth’s original score, with synthesizers, electronics and moog organ heard throughout. It’s subtle and atmospheric, setting a tone of dread…an echo of Carpenter’s iconic “Halloween” score is there as well.

Scenes like Christine’s fiery attack on Gordon’s bullies is worth the price of a rental alone!

“Christine” is a great “coming of age” horror film, and Carpenter infuses it with just the right amount of horror and thrills…

Head to the Daily Grindhouse for a look at all of Carpenter’s best musical scores…click here to see it:

http://dailygrindhouse.com/thewire/big-question-favorite-john-carpenter-score/

This Carpenter film is worth being analyzed – as all of his films do, because he is such an inventive Director…and this is a gem of a Stephen King adaptation…

Of course, “IT Chapter 2” was the most recent Stephen King adaptation – but I also took at look at seven of the greatest films that came from Stephen King books…

You can click here to see my entire list – and leave a comment and let me know what I missed!

https://johnrieber.com/2019/09/06/it-chapter-two-is-here-time-to-countdown-7-great-stephen-king-adaptations-carrie-casting-shining-secrets-zihautanejo-directions/

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Let me know what you think of “Christine” – leave a comment!



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17 replies

  1. I had both of those soundtracks in high school and they were constantly in the tape deck of my “Baby”, a 1966 Plymouth Valiant. I particularly liked when she would play Ritchie Valens’ “We Belong Together”, “Keep a Knockin” by Little Richard, and “Rock and Roll is Here to Stay” by Danny and the Juniors.

  2. You made my day! I love this movie! 🙂

  3. I’ve always loved King’s outcasts and Christine is the ultimate revenge book/movie.

  4. That was one of my favourite SK novels, John. I wanted that car so bad! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. Oh, wow. I haven’t thought about that one in years 🚗

  6. Christine, I remember reading the book and watching the movie. I was pretty young when I did both.This has never been one of my favourite King books, I think that is because I like vampires and ghosts more than cars. I didn’t like Cujo that much either.

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