Popcorn Frights is proud to celebrate its inaugural Wicked Weekend with a John Carpenter bash of his favorite horror classics! It’s time to take CHRISTINE for a test drive as we celebrate Carpenter’s go-for-broke assault on coming-of-age sentimentality for its 35th anniversary. Just don’t get too attached, okay?
Adapted from Stephen King’s novel, CHRISTINE plays like a greatest hits compilation from Carpenter and King’s respective careers. It’s all here — the cutting synths, the gliding camera, the faceless evil, and the impending sense of doom. And it’s all held together by Keith Gordon’s affecting performance as Arnie Cunningham, who goes to bat for the outcast in all of us.
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.
John Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, musician, and composer. Although Carpenter has worked with various film genres, he is associated most commonly with horror, action and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s.
Most films of Carpenter’s career were initially commercial and critical failures, with the notable exceptions of Halloween(1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), and Starman (1984). However, many of Carpenter’s films from the 1970s and the 1980s have come to be considered as cult classics, and he has been acknowledged as an influential filmmaker. The cult classics that Carpenter has directed include Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), The Thing(1982), Christine (1983), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988), and In the Mouth of Madness (1995). He returned to the Halloween franchise as both composer and executive producer for the horror sequel Halloween (2018).