John Carpenter’s Halloween Predecessor Captain Voyeur Unmasked

John Carpenter’s Halloween Predecessor Captain Voyeur Unmasked
We all have to start somewhere.

An archivist at USC has just unearthed a copy of John Carpenter’s first student film, a 1969 short shot in black and white called Captain Voyeur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Carpenter wrote and directed the film as part of an introductory class at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

The eight minute film was discovered by archivist Dino Everett. Thematically, the film has much in common with the 1978 classic Halloween, following a masked killer on the trail of a young woman. Much of the film is shot from the point of view of the attacker, played by Jerry Cox, whose main target is a dead ringer for Jamie Lee Curtis.

USC’s Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, where the film was found, will handle the restoration thanks to a $1,000 grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

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