Christine is a 1983 horror film about a sentient automobile named “Christine” and its effects on its teenaged owner, adapted from the novel Christine written by Stephen King. The film was directed by John Carpenter, and set in 1978.
red-and-white 1958 Plymouth Fury in an auto plant assembly line. One worker is injured when the car’s hood slams shut on his hand, and another is choked to death inside after dropping cigar ash on the seat.
Several years later, Arnold Cunningham (Keith Gordon) is a nerdy teen with only one friend, a childhood companion and popular jock named Dennis Guilder (John Stockwell). Arnie’s life begins to change when he buys a used car (Christine) in serious need of repair. Arnie begins to restore Christine to her original beauty, but as he spends more and more of his time repairing her, those in his life notice that he is changing as well. Formerly shy, Arnie develops a cocky arrogance. Dennis, as well as Arnie’s new girlfriend, Leigh Cabot, (Alexandra Paul) discover that the car has a deadly past. The previous owner, Roland LeBay, became obsessed with Christine and he paid for it with his life. Leigh and Dennis try to save Arnie from a similar fate. Christine, however, isn’t ready to give up Arnie without a fight.