I’m not really a horror person. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started digging into the genre. I only got to Christine (1983) a couple of days ago. I sought it out simple to write about this music video. Up till then, all I knew about it was that it had a killer car and that there is an episode of Quantum Leap where Sam Beckett gives Stephen King the idea for it.
The episode title is The Boogieman and there is a little tie-in with Halloween I want to mention that is within Christine. If you remember, Christine takes place in 1978 between September and December.
It means that within the Carpenter universe, the events of Halloween I & II happened while Christine was going on.
Getting to the video, I knew that Carpenter did movie scores. But I didn’t know that he’s gone into music, complete with a music video for his theme to Christine. It’s pretty cool.
It of course starts off with the “Show me” scene.
I’d like to think that this is Carpenter acknowledging that his movie really didn’t start until the hour mark. The film clocks in at about 110 minutes.
Carpenter himself drives the car, and soon comes across a broken down yellow car called The Thing with a woman waiting next to it.
That is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Let me explain.
Obviously it is referencing Carpenter’s film The Thing (1982). That’s a given. Now let me remind you of the ending of Christine.
The ending of Christine happens in a building within a junkyard. The guy who has become obsessed with Christine is behind the wheel. His two friends have a bulldozer that they intend to stop Christine with.
They end up doing just that.
It was no coincidence that a bulldozer destroyed Christine. Remember Killdozer from 1974?
In that film, a bulldozer is given life by a rock that falls from space, and it proceeds to go on a rampage. Christine is effectively stopped by Killdozer.
It goes further than that though. In Killdozer, they realize near the end of the film that they can’t destroy the machine. They say that they have to destroy “the thing”. They do it via electrocution. They lure it on to some material that they electrify to destroy “the thing” inside the bulldozer, thus stopping Killdozer.
That is the same ending as The Thing From Another World (1951). They electrocute The Thing in that as well.
That movie is what Carpenter remade as The Thing.
By having that car be there in a music video for Christine with “The Thing” written on the side and having it be painted yellow, ties Christine, The Thing, Killdozer, and The Thing From Another World together. Perfect!
You might recall that this electrocution thing came up in It Follows (2014) as the pool scene.
The rest of the video has Christine chasing after a woman played by Rita Volk from the TV show Faking It. In the grand tradition of films like Christine and Killdozer, she continues to run right in the path of the car even though nothing is preventing her from getting out of the way.
Carpenter stops the car, and opens the door for her. I’m not sure why he is dressed like that. I’m sure it’s also a reference to something. I just don’t know what.
Then they drive off.
There is a big list of credits on the YouTube page. Some of the people involved with this video worked on Carpenter’s feature films. I’ll list them at the end.
If you want to see some behind-the-scenes stuff, then hopefully that video is still below.
Director: John Carpenter
Producer: Sandy King
Production Manager: Justin Moritt
1st Asst. Director: Tony Adler
Director of Photography: Eduardo Fierro
Production Designer: David Redier-Linsk
Editor: Patrick McMahon
Optical effects: Scott Gregory
Location Manager: Jennifer Dunne
Stunt Co-ordinator/Driver of Christine: Jeff Imada
Stylist: Sophie Gransard-Davies
Hair Stylist: Christian Marc
Make-up Artist: Samuel Paul
Storm King Special Projects Coordinator: Ross Sauriol
Office co-ordinator: Sean Sobczak
Post-Productions Services: Warner Bros.
Christine courtesy of Bill Gibson
VW Thing car courtesy of DC Motors of Anaheim Hills, CA
Christine Girl wardrobe courtesy of Joe’s Jeans.
Starring: Rita Volk and John Carpenter