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‘Vampires’ sees Carpenter go for more action than scares…and a dense script

31 October 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Vampires (aka John Carpenter’s Vampires)

Written by Don Jakoby

Directed by John Carpenter

U.S.A., 1998

The name John Carpenter, much like Wes Craven, is synonymous with the horror genre. Few American filmmakers have a filmography so thoroughly steeped in horror that their names instantly come to mind of rabid fans of the genre whenever asked to list their favourite directors, or at least those that left an indelible mark on horror cinema. From all the way back in the late 1970s with films like Assault on Precinct 13 and Halloween to as recently as 2010’s The Ward, Carpenter is one of the iconic directors having attained legendary status. If Assault, which is more thriller than horror, is any indication, he can also direct action scenes with relative aplomb. 1998 finally saw him meld horror and action with Vampires.

Opening in a sleepy New Mexican town, vampire exterminators Jack Crow »

- Edgar Chaput

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A Naked Space Vampire in London: Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce at 30

19 June 2015 3:56 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It has taken nearly 30 years, but it seems that Tobe Hooper’s 1985 sci-fi horror epic, Lifeforce, is finally earning the respect it deserves.

Lifeforce is the movie that pretty much killed Tobe Hooper's mainstream directing career. The first of his three-movie deal with the great Cannon Films, the film recouped less than half of its $25 million budget (which, for Cannon, might as well be Avatar money) upon its theatrical release and made Hooper something of a laughingstock in the process. Maybe because his previous movie, Poltergeist, had been so commercial (which has more to do with Spielberg’s influence than Hooper's), a lot of the audience for Lifeforce assumed Hooper didn't know what he was doing — they concluded that the movie just got away from him. Nope. Tobe Hooper knew exactly the movie he was making. Lifeforce is a crazy movie. It was designed as a crazy movie. It »

- Patrick Bromley

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Fifty Shades Producer And Thor Writer Developing Remake Of Blue Thunder

17 March 2015 2:37 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Per THR, Sony’s in-house production company Escape Artists will produce a modern day revamp of 1983 thriller Blue Thunder.

The talent assembled for the remake hail from genres that are at times in complete opposition. Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s Dana Brunetti is producing under his Trigger Street Productions tag, and Craig Kyle – a Marvel Studios executive who is currently penning Thor: Ragnarok – is scripting. His work will be based on the original screenplay by Dan O’Bannon (Alien) and Don Jakoby (Evolution). At the moment, there’s no further information on who might be at the helm, but if development continues, we might see a shortlist of contenders in the near future.

The original movie, directed by John Badham and starring Roy Scheider and Daniel Stern, focused on the pilot of a military-style combat helicopter designed to mute crowd aggression during the 1984 Olympic Games. It’s believed that this »

- Gem Seddon

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