by John Carpenter
Country: USA
Year: 1983
Duration: 110'

John Carpenter brings Stephen King’s best-selling novel to life in this chilling thriller. She was born in Detroit... on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is Christine – a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way. She seduces 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon), who becomes consumed with passion for her sleek, rounded, chrome-laden body. She demands his complete and unquestioned devotion and when outsiders seek to interfere, they become the victims of Christine’s horrifying wrath.


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John Carpenter

(Carthage, New York, 1948) debuted in 1974 with the science fiction film Dark Star and next made three low budget films, Assault on Precint 13 (1976), Halloween (1978) and The Fog (1980), which made him one of the best-known directors of American New Horror. In 1981 he directed Escape from New York and the following year The Thing continuing his study of horror movies and science fiction. He confirms his status among the genre’s best with subsequent works such as Vampires (1987), In the Mouth of Madness (1994), and Ghosts of Mars (2001). Between 2005 and 2006 he directed two episodes of the TV series Masters Of Horror. His last movie is The Ward (2010). In 1999, Torino Film Festival dedicated a complete retrospective to his opus.


Dark Star (id., 1974), Assault on Precint 13 (Distretto 13: le brigate della morte, 1976), Halloween (Halloween: la notte delle streghe, 1978), The Fog (Fog, 1980), Escape from New York (1997: fuga da New York, 1981), The Thing (La cosa, 1982), Christine (Christine, la macchina infernale, 1983), Big Trouble in Little China (Grosso guaio a Chinatown, 1986), Prince of Darkness (Il signore del male, 1987), They Live (Essi vivono, 1988), In the Mouth of Madness (Il seme della follia, 1994), Village of Damned (Villaggio dei dannati, 1995), Escape from L.A. (Fuga da Los Angeles, 1996), Vampires (id., 1998), John Carpenter’s Ghost of Mars (Fantasmi da Marte, 2001), Masters of Horror (ep. Cigarette Burns, TV, 2005; ep. Pro-Life, TV, 2006), John Carpenter's The Ward (The Ward - Il reparto, 2010), John Carpenter's Suburban Screams (serie tv, 2023).


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“I needed a job after The Thing because nobody would hire me. So this came along and I took the job, and it turned out better than it had any right to. We discarded one element of Stephen King’s story, which was the ghost of the owner would sit in the backseat. I thought that was a bit cheesy. I don’t know, maybe I made a mistake, but it turned out okay.”


& Credits

DIRECTOR: John Carpenter. STORY: based upon the novel by Stephen King. SCREENPLAY: Bill Phillips. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Donald M. Morgan. EDITING: Marion Rothman. PRODUCTION DEISGN: Daniel A. Lomino. COSTUME DESIGN: Darryl Levine. MUSIC: John Carpenter, Alan Howarth. SOUND: Robert Nichols II. CAST: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky, Harry Dean Stanton, Christine Belford, Robert Blossom, William Ostrander, David Spielberg, Kelly Preston, Marc Poppel. PRODUCERS: Richard Kobritz, Larry Franco. PRODUCTION: Columbia Pictures, Delphi Premier Productions, Polar Film.

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