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Nightmare Fuel / Christine

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An adaptation of a Stephen King novel directed by John Carpenter? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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  • Christine herself. A dangerous, hate-filled sentient vehicle that will not hesitate to kill anyone who either crosses Arnie or gets in the way of their twisted relationship.
    • As if that wasn't enough, it would appear that she is completely indestructible, so no matter how hard you try to get rid of her, she will always come out on top in the end.
    • The fact that her origin is never explained. While the novel goes into detail about her history with LeBay (and all of it is deeply fucked up in a way that only Stephen King could have imagined), the exact nature of how a sentient car came into existence is left ambiguous.
  • In the opening scene, Christine's engine hood slams down without warning and crushes the hand of a line worker inspecting her front end. Another worker climbs in to sit behind the wheel, letting the ash from his cigar fall on the front seat. At the end of the shift, the line supervisor notices the car still has Christine's radio playing - he opens the door to turn it off and the worker falls out of the car to the floor dead.
    • If one looks closer, the Plymouth factory could be the metaphorical representation of an avenue or a fashion ramp. There are many women walking (White Plymouths), but there's a different woman (Red Plymouth). This woman is very seductive in her red dress, with many workers eyeing her.
    • A man (the line worker) follows Christine, looking at her rear. Christine's mirror notices it, as it's a representation of a wary woman looking behind her. The man also takes a look behind him to make sure he's not watched. Though the line worker is simply doing his job by making sure everything's right with the Red Plymouth, he symbolically harasses Christine by opening her engine hood (representation of a blouse snatching). Christine protects herself by abruptly slamming her hood at the line worker's hand. The man yelps in pain.
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    • Another man approaches Christine. Thinking he's here to comfort her after this bad experience, Christine lets him sit within. But he doesn't respect her by dropping ash to the seat and turns on the radio. The song is a representation of the anger boiling inside Christine, and it causes her to kill him.
    • A third man (the line supervisor), noticing Christine's radio is turned on, opens the door to shut it off. He pushes the horn, creating a representation of Christine crying and screaming, like a hysteric. Her headlights being turned on are a representation of tears.
  • The scene where Christine tries to murder Leigh in a fit of jealous rage.
  • Christine's massacre of Buddy Repperton and his gang. While they all 100% deserve it, it's still horrifying to watch.
    • Donnie's death scream as Christine rams their car, causing fuel to leak throughout the garage as said car is catching fire. Within seconds, the entire garage is consumed by an inferno.
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    • Especially nightmarish is the bit where a flaming Christine (see page image) is chasing Buddy down the highway, just lazily tailing him... getting closer every time he looks back. It's all so quiet.
  • And before that even happened, there's Moochie's death when he's pursued into an alleyway until he has nowhere to run. Apparently the poor bastard was bisected by the time Christine was done with him.
  • The very concept of what's happening to Arnie. It's almost non-existent in the movie, but it's pretty blatant in the book, if you read between the lines.


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