Saturday, October 24, 2009

Night 24 of "The 31 Nights of Halloween Film Fest"

I've joined in the fun over at Domestic Witch's October Blog Party. You can find a list of participating blogs that are having fun celebrating the season of Halloween. When you're done here take a broom ride over to her site and you'll see the list of blogs on the right side bar.
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Here at The Lounge we will have a "31 Nights of Halloween Film Fest". Check back each day to see which movie is featured and some days you may get more than one. They will be a random selection of my favorites. You can see all past selections on the sidebar.
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Make sure to leave a comment for each movie as one lucky person will win their choice of pendant from Laughing Vixen Lounge at the end of the film fest. Please see rules at end of post.
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Night 24...."Christine"
Body by Plymouth. Soul by Satan.
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John Carpenter (In the Mouth of Madness, Vampires and Ghost of Mars) directed this film version of a Stephen King novel. Released on December 9, 1983 by Columbia Pictures. Arnie (Keith Gordon) is a loser until he meets Christine. Despite his best friend Dennis' (John Stockwell) attempts to stop him, Arnie buys the broken down Plymouth Fury and falls in love. Unfortunately, Christine is a jealous lover and Arnie's world quickly spins out of control.
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This is one of my favorite movies. It's not too scary and the blood factor is very low. It's just a great little story. I know it varies greatly from the novel, but if you haven't read it then you're none the wiser. The nostalgia level is very high and probably one of the main reasons it appeals to me. Being a big fan of the Fifties I love the Fury and all the great music she plays. Plus it's also a great look back at the late 70's. The cars they drive and the music they use (mostly 70's remakes of 50's songs) are all great. And John Stockwell was just so cute! Some of you might remember him from a few movies around this time. Now he directs movies and every now and then pops up in them. The movie is a bygone era on a few levels and I love it.
Favorite part is when Arnie says to Christine "Show me" and she proceeds to fix herself. Too cool.
And she has my name. Different spelling but love it anyways. 8)
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Some trivia about the movie...
1. Scott Baio was considered to play Arnie Cunningham and Brooke Shields was considered for Leigh Cabot. But the film makers involved all felt the movie would be better served by casting "unknowns". (Thank goodness!!!)
2. Arnie's nemesis, Detective Rudolph Junkins, also drives a Plymouth Fury. The car Detective Rudolph Junkins is driving when he meets Arnie in the high-school parking lot is a 1977 or 1978 Plymouth Fury - a popular police car of the late 1970s.
3. Stephen King's popularity was such at the time that the film went into production before the book was even published.
4. To simulate the car regenerating itself, hydraulic pumps were installed on the inside of some of the film's numerous Plymouth Fury "stunt doubles", a mock-up in plastic that looked more like metal on camera than actual metal as it bent and deformed. These pumps were attached to cables, which were in turn attached to the cars' bodywork and when they compressed, they would "suck" the paneling inwards. Footage of the inward crumpling body was then reversed, giving the appearance of the car spontaneously retaking form.
5. Kevin Bacon was offered the lead role but ended up choosing Footloose (1984) instead.
6. According to Bill Phillips on the DVD Documentary, the movie technically didn't have enough violence to justify an "R" rating. But they were afraid that if the movie went out with a PG rating (PG-13 didn't exist yet), then nobody would go to see the movie. So he purposely inserted the word "fuck" and all its derivatives in order to get the "R" rating. He then commented that they were criticized at the time for their use of the word in the film.
7. As a joke, 'Alexandra Paul (I)''s twin sister, Caroline Paul, stood in for her during some scenes, most notably the ride on the bulldozer.
8. Stephen King suffered a near fatal car collision in 1999. In an example of life imitating art, King bought the van that struck him and personally beat it with a baseball bat before sending it to the junkyard to be destroyed.
9. After reading over the book, actor Keith Gordon (Arnie) and the costume designer came up with a visual way to show Arnie being possessed by Christine. As the movie progresses, Arnie begins to wear clothes that reflect the era of Christine's make. At various points, especially when Arnie is yelling at Leigh on the phone, Arnie is seen wearing button up shirts open with black t-shirts, black pants, and boots like a 1950's "greaser". When he's talking to Junkins (both times), he's wearing a leather vest over a button up shirt (a nod to western TV shows which were popular in the 50's), and he even starts to wear a red suede jacket like James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955).
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Rules for pendant giveaway...
(1) comment about a movie per movie.
(1) extra entry by following this Blog and (1) extra for following on Twitter (You can only take the blog and twitter entries once for the whole contest).
(1) extra entry for Tweeting about this. Please use this message -Check out the "31 Nights of Halloween Film Fest" to win your choice of pendant from @LaughingVixen http://bit.ly/1BEQla -- 3 Tweets a day max and no more than 1 an hour.
(1) extra entry for guessing the next film. I will tweet hints on Twitter about the next days movie and you can post your guess as a comment. Doesn't have to be right just your best guess.
Make sure to post each entry as an individual comment on any of the movies comment pages. You can comment on past movies. Make sure you can be contacted from your post.

28 comments:

  1. I just love Christine! As a Stephen King's big fan, I always hope they make good movies out of his books. Christine didn't desapointe me!

    Great choice!

    Kisses from Nydia.

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  2. Already follow you on Twitter.

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  3. Just twittered: http://twitter.com/bupsalamanders/status/5120335497

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  4. My guess for next movie: May!

    Now I cross my fingers and toes to win the pendant! :o)

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  5. I love Christine, scared me to death! Great choice for the list! onlyjoy1959@yahoo.com

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  6. Already follow you on Twitter. :D onlyjoy1959@yahoo.com

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  7. I follow your blog! onlyjoy1959@yahoo.com

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  8. I hope to win the pendant! :D New subscriber!

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  9. tweeted contest ...http://twitter.com/madly59/status/5123194445 @madly59

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  10. I think next movie is May too ...great movie! Good Luck to all! Great contest! New subscriber! onlyjoy1959@yahoo.com

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  11. Christine scared me, but not as much as 'It' *shiver*...

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  12. I'm already following you on Twitter:)
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  13. I'm Tweeting for you!!
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  14. this was a well-done movie..John Carpenter has is a true horror gem :)

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  15. I am going to guess May too ---that ending to May was just too creepy with the eye factor

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  16. tweeted 1

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    http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/5126555944

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  17. tweeted 2

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  18. daily tweet 3

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    http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/5133420925

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  19. Now following you on Twitter!!

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  20. I agree. "May" seems to be the one here. It's fun joking around about taking the best parts of your friends/girlfriends/boyfriends and making the perfect one but I never considered taking it literally, lol. HHHhhhhhmmmmmm...

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  21. Agreed...it's a good movie. I always like King's books better though. :)

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  22. Loved the book! The movie was good, too, though--love those old cars...even when they're murderous. :-)

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