Christine Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Christine by John Carpenter.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 97.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 30.9
Album Excellence: 91%
Christine is a 1983 American horror film directed by John Carpenter and starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell & Alexandra Paul. It is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. Unpopular nerd Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) buys a 1958 Plymouth Fury, which he names Christine. Arnie develops an unhealthy obsession with the car, to the alarm of his jock friend, Dennis Guilder (John Stockwell). After bully Buddy Repperton (William Ostrander) defaces Christine, the auto restores itself to perfect condition and begins killing off Buddy and his friends. Determined to stop the deaths, Dennis and Arnie’s girlfriend, Leigh Cabot (Alexandra Paul), decide to destroy Christine. The score is composed by John Carpenter with additional score by Alan Howarth.
Christine sure brings back memories of a time when any horror movie would do, but also a time when Stephen King was literally King. He’s having a bit of a renaissance now with movies and tv shows appearing every few months and that’s a good thing. I saw Christine the other day and although it has aged a bit, it’s still a fun movie. Sure wish there was a bit more of everything though. Carpenter’s score is awfully quiet for a long time, but when it starts, you immediately get that classic synth horror feeling back. Varese Sarabande recently released the score for the first time on LP and fully remastered as well so it’s a good time to revisit this 1983 horror classic. The score opens with ‘Arnie’s Love Theme’ and I don’t know about you, but Carpenter’s version of love is a bit more twisted than most. Of course this is referring to Arnie’s unhealthy love and obsession with the car. It’s a simple synth piece, nothing too impressive. It follows with more obsession as ‘Obsessed With The Car’ add more depth and power to the synht music. This is more like it.
If you expect something like Halloween, this isn’t it. It’s a more slow paced twisted love story between a man and his car and the mayhem that follows. Although the elements are certainly here. You can hear the horror synths very clearly in cues like ‘Football Run / Kill Your Kids’. If you love early 80s synth scores, you know you already need this one. It might not be the best of most refined synth scores or even John Carpenter scores, but his style is very recognizable and to a fan, this is pure gold.
2. Obsessed With The Car
3. Football Run / Kill Your Kids
4. The Rape
5. The Discovery
6. Show Me
7. Moochie’s Death
9. Buddie’s Death
10. Nobody’s Home
11. Car Obsessions Reprise
12. Christine Attacks (Plymouth Fury) *
13. Talk On The Couch
15. Darnell’s Tonight
18. Moochie Mix Four