Adapting Stephen King’s Christine: Is John Carpenter’s 1983 Classic Still Revving Its


How John Carpenter’s Christine Differs From Stephen King’s Book

Christine is most certainly a mean machine, and very much the star of the show in Stephen King’s novel, but a key aspect of the source material that the movie wholly ignores is that she is a kind of co-antagonist. To continue the psychic battery metaphor, her energy source for decades in the book is her first owner and world class sonofabitch, Roland D. LeBay, and his spirit is not only attached to the vehicle, but a massive part of Arnie’s corruption. The nerdy teen doesn’t just become obsessive, aggressive, and nihilistic, but starts actually transforming into LeBay – using his vocabulary, such as calling everybody a “shitter,” and even seeing his signature devolve into one that looks similar to the crotchety old man’s.



Read More: Adapting Stephen King’s Christine: Is John Carpenter’s 1983 Classic Still Revving Its

728×90