|Posted: 01 October 2020 at 8:59pm | IP Logged | 6
My attempted "31 days of Halloween horror" starts with:
One I've always enjoyed since the first time it hit cable TV (during my middle school years)... yet I could never quite put my finger on why it ultimately isn't very successful, even taking into account the obvious book vs. film comparisons...
I guess it comes down to expectations. Director John Carpenter was coming off of varying degrees of success from HALLOWEEN, THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and THE THING; and Stephen King adaptations were already a hot commodity at the time, with notable attempts being CARRIE, THE SHINING, CREEPSHOW, THE DEAD ZONE and even TV's "Salem's Lot." Lots of scares and glorious nastiness to be found in any & all... which could be why CHRISTINE just feels so toothless.
Some very good (even great) scenes & sequences, and some fine performances from the three leads, but also saddled with some dopey dialogue, far too much left out from the novel, some notable supporting characters that vanish halfway through the film... even a surprisingly unmemorable score from Carpenter.
A valiant attempt... but, um, never really seems to get itself out of second gear.
Edited by Shaun Barry on 01 October 2020 at 10:19pm