Each time I watch this movie, two things come to mind. First of all, I was dumbfounded when I learned that this movie was made in 1983. Movies such as Amityville 3-D, Jaws 3-D, Psycho 2 and The House on Sorority Row represent this year better, in my opinion. Christine is a visionary film. It is in advance for its time and its special effects are astonishing. The scenes where Christine rebuilds herself after being beaten are pure genius. It is easy to notice that they are demolition scenes filmed backwards but the camera angles used confuse us.
Other films such as Jeepers Creepers, Joy Ride and The Hitcher have used a vehicle as method of terror. They are succeeded but each time it was because the producer knew what challenges he had to overcome. Other than the themes usually exploited, it is hard to find anything scary about cars. Christine is one of those films who succeeds amazingly well.
The only music emitted by the AM radio of the vehicle comes straight from the fifties. The atmosphere only becomes more psychotic. The rock and roll songs used almost give the impression that Christine is trying to fool herself into thinking that the murders she is currently committing are normal: she tries to avoid feeling remorseful. Then, as soon as a murder has been committed, the radio shuts off.
The actors give life to such an interesting story in which we are constantly projected into the skin of a different character. At a certain point, we don’t know to take for. We sympathized with Arnie at the beginning when gang members menaced him at knifepoint. However, when he starts mistreating his girlfriend, she becomes our protégée. Then, his girlfriend mounts a ridicule jealousy fit against Christine, making Christine the victim. Christine gets revenge and becomes evil, once again. Then, she is demolished by gang members, forcing us to feel sorry for Arnie once more.
Finally, Arnie pursues those who attacked his car and gives them what they deserve and brags to his best friend. His best friend tries to bring Arnie back to reality but he doesn’t want to understand anything and laughs at him: once again, Arnie is despised. It is an interesting concept that is rarely used. Here, it works perfectly.