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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Arnie manages to fight off possession in the final act of the novel. He was with his mother in the car. Did her presence prompt him to fight LeBay's influence?.
  • Author's Saving Throw: The first third of the novel is in the first person. At that point, our narrator gets sidelined — and apparently Stephen King didn't realize this was going to be a problem until he finished the chapter. So, the next third is in the third-person...
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Bad to the Bone" in this context, and "Harlem Nocturne" when Christine repairs herself for the first time.
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    • Christine's first (more or less) kill wouldn't have been the Moment of Awesome it was without "Moochie Mix Four" playing in the background.
    • Christine's "death" as she is crushed in a compactor: "Rock and Roll is Here to Stay", she is taunting everyone that they will never be rid of her.
  • Cargo Ship: Definitely. Not merely shipping, this is one of the few canonical pairings of this nature and with both being sentient, as Christine and Arnie openly love each other to the point of mutual obsession.
  • Harsher in Hindsight : Our hero getting his leg shattered, the same way King would later on...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Roland LeBay sells his used junky car. Not at all related to eBay.
    • The Japanese dub of the film, which was dubbed twice has this for Arnie's voice actors:
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  • Narm: It takes a while before we find out exactly what Buddy did to Christine that was so horrible - and Leigh's reaction makes one think of mutilated babies and the like. It turns out he took a dump on the windscreen, which is bound to prompt an Actually Pretty Funny reaction.
  • Nausea Fuel: The bullies couldn't just be satisfied by beating the hell out of Christine; they had to crap on the dashboard.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The film chooses to have Arnie driving Christine in the climax, averting his Dying Moment of Awesome in the book where he tries to fight off being possessed.
    • Which in turn leads to a Broken Base, since some consider it strengthens the coding of Christine as a toxic significant other and removes the borderline-incomprehensible and convoluted relationship between LeBay, Arnie, and Christine in favor for a much simpler and emotionally resonant dynamic between Christine and Arnie.
  • Values Dissonance: Dennis' father calls Arnie a "good white boy," which goes completely unchallenged by the narration. Also Values Resonance, as it's in the context of Arnie getting a slap on the wrist for smuggling untaxed cigarettes- the implication being that if he was black he'd face a much harsher sentence.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • The shots of Christine's regenerations were actually shot using mock ups that were built with more flexible materials that looked like metal which were sucked in by pumps with the film being played back in reverse to complete the effect (which was surprisingly effective).
    • This scene where Christine is on fire. The quality of the effects is what made it such a frightening scene.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: The wardrobe choices for Leigh in the film look quite frumpy and aren't very flattering, making it rather surprising how much the boys drool over her.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: You'd think if King wanted to sideline Dennis through injury, he could possibly use the evil car that has a motive for wanting him dead do it (especially since it's been foreshadowed throughout act one), but instead he's randomly taken out in a pointless football game.
  • The Woobie: Dennis, who been friends with Arnie since childhood, becomes this after Arnie spends more time away from Dennis after getting Christine, especially when he is recuperating in a hospital after a football injury.


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