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#31DaysOfHalloween: The Classic Score for CHRISTINE Gets a Vinyl Reissue...

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She was born in Detroit on an automobile assembly line.  But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence.  She is Christine, a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way.  

Thus goes the introduction to CHRISTINE, the 1983 John Carpenter film based upon Stephen King's novel of the same name. Now, 34 years later, Varèse Sarabande has reissued John Carpenter’s classic score for CHRISTINE on LP. The CHRISTINE– Original Motion Picture Score has been fully remastered and is been released on blue vinyl, with a splatter variant available via Newbury Comics.  The album features fantastic new art from award-winning movie poster artist Gary Pullin (“Ghoulish Gary”).

In the past few years, there has been a tremendous upsurge in interest for John Carpenter's signature score compositions following the success of the Carpenter's Lost Themes and Lost Themes II albums, and subsequent tours.  The rare director-composer combo, Carpenter’s scores for his classic horror films are a favorite of electronic music aficionados.

To complement the remastered audio, Award-winning artist and leading designer in the world of alternative movie posters, Gary Pullin was commissioned to create original artwork for the packaging. "I’ve always loved Stephen King's novel and the cover is a stunner - a stylized hood ornament with a screaming skull, Christine in chrome as it blazes across the hard cover,” he explained. “For the films’ score, I wanted to feature the Plymouth Fury logo front and centre, in a simplistic and new way. The shape of the V reminded me of devil horns - she's the car from hell! The blue glow represents the supernatural force living under the hood and inside her evil grinning grill. I often go for atmospheric designs when creating artwork for movie soundtracks and the art seemed like a perfect fit for the electronic score that Carpenter and Howarth created to drive the film’s suspense and bring the fury of Christine to life.”

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Track Listing
Side A:
1. Arnie’s Love Theme
2. Obsessed With The Car
3. Football Run / Kill Your Kids
4. The Rape
5. The Discovery
6. Show Me
7. Moochie’s Death
8. Junkins
9. Buddie’s Death
Side B:
1. Nobody’s Home / Restored
2. Car Obsession (Reprise)
3. Christine Attacks (Plymouth Fury)
4. Talk On The Couch
5. Regeneration
6. Darnell’s Tonight
7. Arnie
8. Undented
9. Moochie Mix Four 
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