The Halloween Horror Of Stephen King’s “Christine!” “Shocktober 2022” Has All Of King’s Best Movie Adaptations!

“Christine” Puts A Spell On You! 

It’s Halloween season, and that means a chance to watch scary movies – or read some of the greatest scary novels from the visionary Author Stephen King!

“Christine” is the great thriller about a killer car – and as with most of King’s best work, it became a great 80’s film, thanks to the great Horror Director John Carpenter!

From “Halloween” to “The Thing” and “Escape From New York”, Director John Carpenter has made iconic films that are as exciting today as when they were originally released. 

In 1983, Carpenter took Stephen King’s then-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.

Check out 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…

This Carpenter film is worth being analyzed – as all of his films do, because he is such an inventive Director…and a fellow film fanatic shared this reunion pic of the cast and Director from a few years back:

Even though Carpenter took the job for the money, he made it a timeless Stephen King adaptation…and speaking of those, her is another Stephen King adaptation…some say the best horror film of all time:

Director Stanley Kubrick may have changed some things in “The Shining” that Stephen King didn’t like, but what a film! 

Here is a look at the movie, with the trailer and tons of great trivia about it as well – just click on my story here:

King wrote a sequel years later, and the film version was released a few years ago.

It’s really good, but even better is the Director’s Cut of “Doctor Sleep” that was put on HBO a year later:

The extra half hour added gives the film much more depth or character…it’s a beautiful film worth watching in the longer, three hour version…here’s a link to my preview which has the film’s trailer:

Of course, “IT Chapter 2” was a recent Stephen King adaptation – not quite as good as “IT” before it, but scary and entertaining nonetheless – and it reminded me that 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, including “Carrie”, “Misery” and “The Shawshank Redemption” – and leave a comment and let me know what I missed!

If you enjoy these posts, why not subscribe and never miss out? It’s easy, and there are NO ads of any kind, just stuff I like…click on the main page and “follow” me on the upper right…

https://johnrieber.com

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



Categories: 70's Cinema, Art, Books / Media, Cult Movies, Film Fight Club, Great Films, Halloween, Horror films, Movies, Pop Culture, Revenge Movies, Talent/Celebrities

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 replies

  1. I have actually seen this movie, John. It is not one of my favourite King’s but it wasn’t a bad one.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This is one of the few scary films I’ve ever seen. I go to the movies for drama and laughter, but not to be scared. Keith Gordon’s character was a bit disturbing, especially when he started drinking.

    Like

  3. this was sooooo creepy and it still sticks with me after seeing is so long ago. my fav stephen king books brought to the big screen are carrie and the shining, i will never get over the fear i had watching both

    Like

  4. I have not seen this movie. I need to! Thanks, John.

    Like

Trackbacks

  1. Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 10/17/22 — 10/23/22 | Through the Shattered Lens

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Rust Belt Girl

reading and writing the Rust Belt with Rebecca Moon Ruark

Take It Easy

Retired, not expired: words from the after(work)life. And music. Lots of music!

Hey, Traveler

Sharing travel tips, ideas, and anecdotes with fellow wanderers, dreamers, doers, and lovers of life

Stevie Turner

Realist, writer, reader, reviewer and rocker.

Cornwall in Colours

inspired by the colours of the land, sea and sky of Cornwall

Bonjour From Brittany

Celebrating what makes Brittany unique

Let's Go To The Movies

Film and Theatre Lover!

SoraNews24 -Japan News-

Bringing you yesterday's news from Japan and Asia, today.

Bite! Eat! Repeat!

52 Cookbooks. 52 Recipes. A Tasty 2022!

A Teacher's Reflections

Thirty Years of Wonder

Tanooki Homemade Cafe

Yummy Homemade Food Recipes to Make You Smile:)

GreenDreams

Exploring sustainable options, minimalism, and gardening.

In Saner Thought

"It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error"..Thomas Paine

Pete Springer

Passionate Teacher and Future Children's Author

BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES

Follow us as we follow the road

CarpeDiemEire

Travel Through Ireland and Europe

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

Geeking Out about It

BlerdWatching Waaay Too Much TV

Wheelescapades

Tea, Tours and Escapades

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

You can always start now

journaling to see some answers

Realweegiemidget Reviews Films TV Books and more

You can take the girl out of Glasgow. Entertainment Reviews from a Wee Scottish Wife and Stepmum living in Finland.

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

Through the Shattered Lens

Where mainstream meets grindhouse, exploitation, otaku and gamers

Laura's Books and Blogs

Writing tips, giveaways, reviews, essays, and more!

Drew's Movie Reviews

Movie reviews from your average dude

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman

Movie Reviews 101

Daily Movie Reviews

Cindy Bruchman

Photography. Observations. Adventures. Let's talk.

Invisibly Me

Live A Visible Life Whatever Your Health

JR-Sploitation!

The world's wildest movies from an era of "everything goes!"

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!

beetleypete

The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

Tranquil Dreams

Watching, Reading, Cooking & Travelling

An Historian About Town

History in the Making

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Adventures and Misadventures in Boulder, Colorado

It Rains... You Get Wet

Still more lazy thoughts from this one...

Admit One Film Addict

Psychotropic Cinema and more

emmakwall (explains it all)

Film & soundtrack reviews, good humour and lists

johnrieber

Burgers, Books, Music, Movies, Offbeat Adventures & Pop Culture!

vinnieh

Movie reviews and anything else that comes to mind

%d bloggers like this: