Merry Christmas 2014! Christine is a 1983 American horror thriller film. Directed by John Carpenter. Based on the novel by Stephen King. Stars Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky, Roberts Blossom and Harry Dean Stanton. Release date: December 9, 1983. Grossing: $21,017,849. Budget: $9.7 million. (My favorite film based on Stephen King and to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas of 2014).