John Carpenter returns to directing with new video for his “Christine” theme
John Carpenter's new record, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, has the film director and composer rerecording some of his most famous movie themes with his current live band. That includes his theme for 1983's Christine, which was an adaptation of the Stephen King book about a guy and his protective, jealous, killer car. Carpenter calls it "Electronica for a killer car. Most of the soundtrack for Christine was 1950's rock 'n roll (with a main title appearance of George Thorogood and the Destroyers' 'Bad to the Bone'). I filled in where necessary."
He's made a new video for this new version of the "Christine" theme, which reworks the story into a four-minute short. It's the first narrative he's directed since 2010's The Ward and stars Rita Volk whose character should maybe dodge instead of running away but...this is horror movie logic. Carpenter's horror chops are still sharply honed, and the shots of the Plymouth Fury driving around LA, set against the synthy score, are gorgeous. You'll wanna watch to the end, especially if you're a Carpenter fan. Watch it below.
Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 is out October 20 via Sacred Bones. Carpenter and his band will be on tour, playing his most famous themes and more, this fall, including a show at NYC's Terminal 5 on November 16 (tickets).