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Christine is a possessed red 1958 Plymouth Fury vintage vehicle with a life of her own and the titular main antagonist of the Stephen King novel Christine as well as its 1983 famous 1983 horror movie adaptation of the same name directed by famous horror master John Carpenter.

Despite being a vehicle, Christine is often referred to as a female and seems to have the mannerisms of a mean-spirited girlfriend when it comes to her new owners.

Plot

In the original novel and film, Christine kills anyone who torments her new owner, Arnold Richard "Arnie" Cunningham. The relationship between the two becoming more and more disturbing as the car's corruption took control, turning him away from everyone including his own 2 parents Michael and Regina Cunningham. In the end Christine's owner was killed and she seemed to express a moment of genuine grief over his passing before attempting to kill the other two protagonists of the movie named Dennis Guilder and Leigh Cabot.

The film also shows her killing both an assembly line inspector and the manager Mr. Will Darnell of his do-it-yourself auto-repair garage by crushing them against the steering wheel with her seat, the former due to dropping cigar ash on her seat. (In the book, the inspector does not appear and the garage owner Darnell is run down when Christine drives into his home.) Another scene occurs when Arnie's girlfriend Leigh begins to choke on a hamburger and Christine attempts to entrap her within the cab by locking the doors and such.

However they fought back against her and did great damage to the car, however Christine rapidly repaired herself and the heroes were forced to crush the car completely to stop her returning, however at the end of the movie the audience sees Christine slowly trying to repair herself, despite being completely destroyed, although she remains in her crushed state.

In the original novel, however, Dennis is led to believe that Christine has made a return when he reads of the death of the surviving Repperton gang member getting run down at a drive-in theater by a red car. Thus, it is hinted that Christine has survived.

Roland D. LeBay

In the original novel, Christine is accompanied by the spirit of her previous owner, George LeBay's late brother and retired American WWII-veteran Roland D. LeBay, whose role is greatly nonexistent in the film adaptation, who aids her in the murders of the Repperton Gang, particularly taunting the gang leader Buddy as he kills him. Before his suicide by exhaust fumes inside Christine, his 5-year old daughter Rita LeBay choked on a small hamburger while sitting in that same car, and his wife Veronica ("Rita" in the film adaption), after being broken the tragedy of their only child, soon died from carbon monoxide poisoning in the similar suicidal fashion as her callous husband Roland later had. He is also implied to have been responsible for somehow causing the deaths of Arnie and his mother Regina as they attempted to flee in another car. When confronted, LeBay and Christine come with Arnie's father Michael dead. Following Christine's defeat, LeBay seems to be taken out in the process.

Victims

  • Rita LeBay - Choked to death by Christine.
  • Veronica LeBay (also known as "Rita Lebay" in the film) - Choked to by Christine.
  • Roland D. LeBay - Choked to death by Christine.
  • Tommy Deckinger - Murdered by Christine.
  • Police Officer - Killed in the car chair by Christine.
  • Moochie Welch - Crushed by Christine.
  • Richie Trelawney - Hit/crushed with car/blown up by Christine.
  • Don Vandenberg - Explosion house by Christine.
  • Buddy Repperton - Burned alive by Christine.
  • Will Darnell - Crushed by Christine.
  • Regina Cunningham - Murdered by Christine.
  • Michael Cunningham - Murdered by Christine.
  • Arnold Richard "Arnie" Cunningham - Impaled and heart attack by Christine .

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Trivia

  • She, along with Cujo makes a cameo appearance in the film Cat's Eye, where Cujo is shown chasing the film's titular cat General.
  • Christine is a 1958 Plymouth Fury.
  • It has a bumper sticker that reads: "Watch out. I am pure evil. I am Christine".
  • While not openly mentioned, Christine appears in The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition. While attempting to return to Boulder Tom and Stu come across a "very old Plymouth". Unlike most of the other cars the two men came across, this one had no driver behind the wheel.
  • The key fob bares the initials "A.C.", an obvious nod to the late Arnie Cunningham.
  • She also appears unnamed appearance in Stephen King's It, driven by a cadaverical Belch Huggins (one of the many disguises of Pennywise/It) who helps Henry Bowers to reach the hotel where The Loser's Club/Lucky Seven members are.

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