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What Steven Spielberg didn’t tell us in No. 30 “The Duel,” Stephen King and John Carpenter does. The No. 29 spot goes to another killer vehicle, “Christine.”

Based on the book by King and directed by Carpenter (“Halloween“), we’re told the story of Arnie, a complete slacker that was probably classified as a huge geek. He clearly spent most of his life being second (or third) best. But then he meets Christine. He finds the beat up old Plymouth Fury in a yard and immediately falls in love.

It’s not long after the car is in show-room shape. And Arnie starts to change. He’s now got an edge. He’s lost the glasses and actually starts dating the hot new girl at school. But there isn’t room for another girl in his life and Christine will make sure of that.

Christine does have a mind of her own. She begins controlling Arnie’s life and even protecting him. And the body count starts.  Christine is clearly not just a car. She’s a demon. And she’ll stop at nothing to take care of her owner, her love. We’re never sure what it is that has possessed Christine, but from her history we know the evil started on the assembly line.

“Christine” doesn’t really test my fears (because I don’t believe in possessed cars), but it’s a great unique story.

“Christine” 1983

Memorable quote: “Son of a bitch was so mean, you could’ve poured boiling water down his throat and he would’ve pissed ice cubes!”

Best scene: Christine gets her revenge on the bad guys. Her windows are now tinted and somehow she looks pissed. She’s ready to prove she won’t be messed with. And the scene starts with “Beast of Burden” by the Rolling Stones. Good song. See scene below

Did you know? Stephen King’s popularity was such at the time that the film went into production before the book was even published.

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