Revisiting the Classics: CHRISTINE

Rewatching John Carpenter’s exquisite depiction of the Stephen King novel this past weekend at my friendly neighborhood drive-in, a thought occurred to me: Christine may have been “bad” from the time she rolled off the assembly line, but everything she does to anybody in this movie is retaliatory. She doesn’t kill or harm anybody who doesn’t do something to her first. If people would’ve just been nice to her, she would have left them alone. The guy whose hand she crushed at the beginning of the movie might be an exception, but we never see anything of him beforehand. Did he do something to tick her off? The same with the other guy at the factory. We don’t know but that those guys had it coming. Something else that occurred to me: Christine’s relationship with Arnie is not parasitic, as it may appear at first glance. It’s symbiotic. Yes, she draws energy from Arnie’s love for her, using it to regenerate herself. But Arnie gets stronger, too. He goes from being this put-upon milquetoast to kind of a badass, or at least a guy that nobody pushes around. And he got that from Christine. A case could be made that Christine and Arnie are the true heroes of the story, fighting against a world full of people who want to mistreat them. Even Arnie’s friends end up hurting him, despite their intentions being purely altruistic. If you try to separate two living things in symbiosis, you hurt both of them. They should’ve just left the two of them alone. Then nobody would’ve gotten hurt. Except for the guys at the beginning, but again, they *may* have gotten their just desserts.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.

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