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  • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Even setting aside her supernatural powers, Christine herself is a simply gorgeous, badass classic car. In fact, the film may have made the '58 Plymouth a classic; in real life, it'd been largely forgotten by 1983.
    • And setting aside the fact that Buddy Repperton is an intolerable Jerkass, your average teenage boy (especially in 1983) would probably not mind being seen as a knife-toting rebel with a sharp leather jacket who cruises around town with his friends in a bitchin' Camaro drinking beer and listening to The Rolling Stones.
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    • Under Christine's influence, Arnie starts dressing sharper and looking cooler. It stops being appealing when he goes off the deep end, though.
  • 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 in the sense of being an observation on racism, 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. Kudos to stuntman Terry Leonard, who had to drive the burning car while peering out a small clear space in the darkened windshield.
  • 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's 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 the hospital after a football injury.


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