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Tony Sokol Sep 14, 2017
John Carpenter made movies so he could record the soundtracks. He’s made some great movies of course, classics like Halloween, They Live and The Fog, which he scored beautifully, and the films Carpenter directed made him a household name. He is a rock star film director.
But he doesn’t care about any of that. He never did. He always wanted to be a rock star rock star. The movies, they were fun. They kept a lot of people up at night. But really, if you asked Carpenter, he’d have preferred they stayed up dancing to his songs. And let’s face it, some of his melodies, like the theme from Halloween, get caught in your head, harder to escape than Escape From New York. »
The Master of Horror driving the 1958 Plymouth Fury scorned? This could be the coolest Halloween treat we get all year. John Carpenter steps both behind the wheel and the camera for a music video featuring a new twist on the iconic score for 1982's Christine, part of Carpenter's upcoming album Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, which he'll be performing live across North America this fall.
You can watch the new music video below, and in case you missed it, check here and read on for more details on Carpenter's new album and tour dates.
Director: John Carpenter
Producer: Sandy King"
- Derek Anderson
34 years after directing Christine, Carpenter has brought her back to life. Releasing this October from Sacred Bones Records is the compilation album John Carpenter Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, a near-comprehensive survey of John Carpenter’s greatest movie themes. The newly-recorded themes include The Fog, The Thing and Halloween. Also found on the album is Carpenter’s theme […] »
- John Squires
John Carpenter's The Fog (1980) is playing from September 9 - October 8 and Escape from New York (1981) from September 10 - October 9, 2017 in the United States as part of the series John Carpenter's '80s.A golden pocket watch hangs on the right side of the movie’s frame like a broken pendulum, or maybe a man from the gallows. It sways gently, showing five minutes before midnight. With laconic eyes and the careful accentuation of a raconteur, Mr. Michen (John Houseman) recounts to a gaggle of kids the moribund story of the Elizabeth Dane, a clipper ship captained by a wealthy man named Blake who had leprosy, and who wanted to set up a leper colony in Northern California. The ship, beset by a sudden fog bank, sailed towards a campfire mistaken for a lighthouse and crashed into the rocks. None survived. The story, which has been passed down from grandfathers to fathers to sons, »
Everything is being remade, rebooted or revived nowadays, so why not a sequel to the 1984 sci-fi romance Starman? The movie's leading man Jeff Bridges believes it's high time this actually happened. And he wants to see it soon. He also knows how it can happen, which should come as a no brainer for anyone who has seen the movie.
Starman comes as kind of an anomaly in director John Carpenter's career. He is mostly known for working in the horror genre, but has been known to step outside that realm with comedy adventures like Big Trouble in Little China and thrillers like Escape from New York. But comedy, romance and science fiction was never something he dabbled in much.
Before wrestling with Godzilla vs. Kong, director Adam Wingard accepted the gargantuan challenge of helming Netflix’s American Death Note adaptation. Regional relocation is usually a kiss of death for cross-culture products (see: Ghost In The Shell), but Tsugumi Ohba (writer) and Takeshi Obata (illustrator), who created the cult-beloved Death Note manga, were quick to offer praise. “We love the film,” Wingard was told after a private screening scheduled just for Ohba and Obata. Outrage avoided, honor respected. The director even describes himself as an “otaku,” and it’s that obsession with the source material that sets up his (or, more appropriately Netflix’s) Death Note franchise on a platform of gory devotion and demonic influence. It may be a bit unbalanced, but it’s still worthy of Ryuk’s introduction.
Nat Wolff stars as Light Turner, a brainy high-school loner who happens upon a “magic” book. Scrawled across the front are two words, »
- Matt Donato
Last year, Master of Horror John Carpenter rocked North America (and beyond) with synth-infused live performances of tracks from his Lost Themes II album, and now Carpenter has announced a new album, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974–1998, featuring themes from 13 of his films. Get ready to mark your calendars, too, because Carpenter is hitting the road once again to bring his transcendent tracks to life on stage.
John Carpenter's new Anthology tour kicks off on October 29th in Las Vegas and currently features 14 tour dates in cities across the United States and Canada. You can check out the full schedule in the image below or by visiting Sacred Bones Records' official website.
We also have details and a look at the cover art for John Carpenter's new Anthology vinyl album that comes out on October 20th, including the audio for the "In the Mouth of Madness" track, which you can »
- Derek Anderson
August’s home entertainment releases are off and running in a big way with this week’s crop of horror and sci-fi titles, as we have nearly two dozen movies coming our way this Tuesday.
Scream Factory is putting in overtime with a handful of stunning steelbooks celebrating three great John Carpenter films—They Live, The Fog and Escape From New York—as well as a Collector’s Edition of James Gunn’s Slither and the indie horror films Don’t Knock Twice and House on Willow Street (which they’ve teamed up with IFC Midnight for).
As far as recent genre movies go, Colossal, Shin Godzilla, and Phoenix Forgotten are all primed for their home bow on August 1st, and both Paramount and Universal are dusting off a bunch of recent titles on both DVD and Blu-ray, including Disturbia, The Machinist, Red Eye, and the unrated version of The Ruins. »
- Heather Wixson
By David Kozlowski | 21 July 2017
Welcome to Issue #5 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column highlighting cool and unique videos about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your favorite videos to: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!
Previous Issue: 7.14.17
What's happening everybody? It's Comic-Con week here at Lrm, so while everyone else is geeking-out down in San Diego, we decided to get a little bit weird. We're digging into some classic John Carpenter films, we've got a couple truly amazing fight scenes, a war film that can go toe-to-toe with Dunkirk, and an awesome new behind-the-scenes video about this holiday's Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Have a great Weekend guys!!!
Why do we love superheroes, martial arts, fantasy, and sci-fi? The big fight scenes, of course. Every week we'll bring you an epic »
- David Kozlowski
Over the course of his 55 year filmmaking career, John Carpenter has delivered some of the most iconic projects of both the horror and thriller genres. From Halloween and The Fog, to The Thing and Christine – the writer-director has been long-established as a gold-standard creator of cinema. Now, as he settles into his second half-century behind the camera, Carpenter has signed a deal with Universal Cable Productions that will see him bring all that experience, expertise and creativity to bear on the small screen, in two separate projects.
Firstly, Carpenter will develop Tales For A Halloween Night for Syfy. This will be a scripted anthology series based upon Carpenter’s own award-winning graphic novel series of the same name. While it’s confirmed for the Syfy network, a writer has yet to be hired to adapt the novel series for the television project. However, the potential of the show is noteworthy »
- Sarah Myles
The guys from Forever Midnight are back this week with two great interviews. Live from the Sinister Creature Con in Stockton CA, 2017.The FM3 got a chance to sit down and chat with Tom Atkins (The Fog, Halloween 3) and Drew Marvick (Pool Party Massacre) – the best mustache and beard in the biz, respectively. […] »
- Sean Miller
He promised that he'd be back, and Space Goat Productions is making good on the T-800's promise with their official board game based on James Cameron's The Terminator, which is now available to pre-order. In today's Horror Highlights, we're also giving Daily Dead readers the chance to win a Camera Obscura soundtrack on vinyl, and we have details on Breaking Glass Pictures acquiring North American rights to Rift and information on how Scream Factory will be celebrating their fifth anniversary.
The Terminator: The Official Board Game: Press Release: "(June 14th, 2017 - Bellingham, Wa) - Space Goat Productions has launched pre-orders for The Terminator™: The Official Board Game, based off of the iconic 1984 film directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Pre-orders will be available via Backerkit and will give consumers access to exclusive discounts for 30 days.
The original Terminator Kickstarter made almost 200% of its goal, »
- Derek Anderson
If you think of Antonio Bay when midnight strikes, then you'll be pleased to know that Cavitycolors is looking to appease the doomed sailors of the Elizabeth Dane with their new enamel pin and apparel based on John Carpenter's The Fog.
The Fog collection will go on sale beginning Thursday, May 25th at 5:00pm Est. To learn more, visit Cavitycolors online and check out the official images below.
From Cavitycolors: "Hello friends! This week, we're incredibly honored to bring you an officially licensed collection based on the John Carpenter classic, The Fog. Released in 1980, and hot on the heels of Halloween, The Fog is a terrifying ghost story in the truest sense, and is packed with bleak imagery, an incredible soundtrack, and an all star cast. In the catalog of Carpenter films, it stands as one of my personal favorites.
Check out our newest offerings based on the film »
- Derek Anderson
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. John Carpenter's Christine (1983) is showing May 4 - June 3 and Starman (1984) is showing May 5 - June 4, 2017 in the United Kingdom.ChristineWas it too dark? Too bleak? Too gory? Did it have the misfortune of opening when American moviegoers were flocking to E.T.? Either way, when John Carpenter's The Thing landed in the summer of 1982, with an apocalyptic cliffhanger and the most surreally grotesque, tactile, gooey monster effects you never realized could be put on film, it fizzled. "It was hated," Carpenter later recalled at a screening in Los Angeles. "Hated by fans. I lost a job. People hated me. They thought I was this horrible, violent—" He trailed off and joked, "And I was." The audience laughed, because by now The Thing's exalted place in movie geek culture is secure: an exquisitely paranoid horror classic and arguably the crown »
To celebrate Mother's Day we're taking a look at our 5 favourite mother/daughter acting duos who've made a name for themselves in Hollywood.
Not only are these two mother and daughter but they've had some of the most iconic female roles in horror movie history. Janet Leigh was a bonafide scream queen from the late 1950's up until the early 1980's. She starred in Touch of Evil, The Fog, and of course Psycho for which she received an Oscar nomination. Jamie Lee Curtis first gained mainstream attention with her portrayal of Laurie in John Carpenter's Halloween which sparked a multi-decade franchise. She has since solidified herself among Hollywood greats with Freaky Friday, True Lies, and A Fish Called Wanda.
Here's another pairing with »
- Zachary Dent
Every horror fan has their favorite type of monster. Some people love shambling zombies, others prefer squid-faced aliens from beyond the stars, and I’m sure there are a few people out there who would swear that The Mangler is the greatest beast to grace the silver screen. But for me, one archetype has always reigned supreme: the scaly fish-man.
I can’t explain why, but ever since I was a kid, sea life has always interested me, so it should come as no surprise that as far as famous monsters go, the Gill-man’s always been my favorite. Unfortunately, being a fan of the Gill-man can lead to some issues. Unlike Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy, the Gill-man was an original creation of Universal, and as such, was not in the public domain. So, while there are many great films bearing those iconic names, the Creature from the Black Lagoon only has three, »
- Perry Ruhland
So far in this column, the default setting for TV horror has been the supernatural; usually ghosts (vengeful division), and a cult or two (whether it be Satan or crops). However, I would be remiss if I didn’t tend to any unusual domestic activities on a more human scale. This brings us to The Babysitter (1980), Peter Medak’s chilling tale of live-in help with some serious boundary issues. She doesn’t do windows, but she will do away with you and your family.
Originally airing on Friday, November 28th, 1980 as part of the ABC Friday Night Movie, The Babysitter as well as NBC’s Friday Night at the Movies would get trounced by CBS’ top rated shows The Dukes of Hazzard and Dallas, but those were number two and one in the land, so nobody was breaking through that block, not even the nanny from Hell.
Let’s see »
- Scott Drebit
Featuring the same special features included on their Collector's Edition Blu-rays of all three releases, the Steelbook Blu-rays of The Fog, Escape From New York, and They Live are limited to 10,000 apiece, feature new artwork by Nathaniel Marsh (see below), and are scheduled to come out on August 1st:
From Scream Factory: "It's hard to believe at times, but our brand is now five years old...and what a ride it has been! Our gratitude and thanks go out to everyone of you who has supported our releases and continue to do so.
Naturally, we wanted to celebrate this milestone with something cool that would be true to our retro roots and would make a big splash. As you already know, »
- Derek Anderson
Cavitycolors is heading to Antonio Bay this May with their new official apparel collection based on John Carpenter's The Fog.
An exact release date and full images of the apparel have yet to be revealed, but you can get a tease of what's to come in the image below, as well as the official announcement. In the meantime, stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details, and, in case you missed it, check out Cavitycolors' new "Haunt Rod" Addams Family shirt design.
From Cavitycolors: "We're incredibly honored to bring you an officially licensed collection based on John Carpenter's timeless classic, The Fog. Released in 1980, and hot on the heels of Halloween, The Fog is a classic ghost story in the truest sense, and is packed with eerie imagery, music, and an all star cast. In the catalog of Carpenter films, it stands as one of my personal favorites, and »
- Derek Anderson
It’s usually unwise to remake a masterpiece, but Guy Maddin has something different planned for “The Green Fog,” a meditation on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.” Unlike Gus Van Sant’s much-maligned 1998 shot-for-shot remake of “Psycho,” the Canadian director has revisited the 1958 thriller as an assemblage of old footage from San Francisco, the city where “Vertigo” takes place.
However, the project was never intended to have anything to do with “Vertigo.”
In “The Green Fog — A San Francisco Fantasia,” commissioned by San Francisco Film Society and set to close the San Francisco International Film Festival’s 60th edition on April 16, Maddin and co-directors Evan and Galen Johnson explore what Maddin has called “a rhapsody” on the Hitchcock movie. Set to an original score by composer Jacob Garchik that will be performed live by the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet, the 63-minute “The Green Fog” reimagines the movie through an assemblage of »
- Eric Kohn
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