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John Carpenter, cult figure, master of horror, and electro-synth icon, has announced his first tour dates to promote his new album Lost Themes II, it was reported by EW today. Lost Themes II will be released on April 15th, so you'll have something fun to buy with your tax refund.The director of such classic cult and horror films such as Escape From New York, Halloween, The Fog, They Live, In The Mouth Of Madness, Big Trouble In Little China, and The Thing, has delivered the incredibly well-received Lost Themes Ep and is ready to unleash more of his trademark tunes --- not just in digital or physical forms, but Live! Currently, there's just one New York City date in July and some UK dates; check Carpenter's website for these and other upcoming...
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We're now in February, over a month from when "The Hateful Eight" first hit theaters, and with the film well out of the top ten at the box office, the timing of this video might seem a bit late. However, if you have yet to see Quentin Tarantino's movie, this is a pretty good primer to dive into before you check out the western (which is still playing in 505 cinemas). If you've already watched the movie, think of this as the bonus round. Read More: Review: Quentin Tarantino's Gleefully Nasty 'The Hateful Eight' With Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson & More In early January, Tarantino sat down with Premiere magazine in France to talk about the five movies to see before "The Hateful Eight," and it's a pretty good list. Of course, John Carpenter's "The Thing" is on there ("The Hateful Eight" utilizes »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Movie junkie Jessie Robbins picks a fright flick for a Saturday night. It’s Saturday, and for some of us that means getting together with our friends and going out and having sexy drunken social lives. But for a select, elite, few, Saturday really means getting together with our equally depraved friends and watching films of…
- Chris Alexander
One of the top action stars of the 1980s, Russell forged a formidable partnership with cult filmmaker John Carpenter that not only produced some of the decade’s greatest films but also allowed Russell to become a big-time action draw.
Building on the success of films like The Thing and Big Trouble in Little China, Russell anchored big ticket draws in the late ‘80s and ‘90s including everything from screwball antics in 1987’s Overboard to huge action undertakings like 1996’s Executive Decision.
While he continued to work in the late 90s and early 2000s in dramatic roles, he faded out of the spotlight as a big-time Hollywood draw.
However, in 2007 he linked up with Tarantino for Death Proof which may »
- Shane McNeil
Welcome back to This Week In Discs where we check out tomorrow’s new releases today! Black Mountain Side The greatest archaeological find of the century has been discovered. At least that’s what the on-site team believes. They’ve uncovered what looks to be the top of a stone monument belonging to a culture with no previous record of being in this part of the world. They debate the validity of the find, play poker, and make plans for the fame in their future, but their celebration is short-lived. The group’s pet cat is murdered, they lose radio contact with civilization, and the local workers, superstitious and terrified, flee into the wintry darkness towards guaranteed death. Madness and mistrust infect the remaining men, and then? Then things go really bad. This below-the-radar horror film is a beautifully-shot and creepy love letter to John Carpenter’s The Thing that finds its own identity amid the paranoia »
- Rob Hunter
It's one of the great suspense scenes in 50s genre cinema: a woman swims in the clear cool water of an Amazonian lagoon, blissfully unaware of the grotesque creature emerging from the depths beneath her. The score builds to a crescendo as the monster closes in, reaching out with a clawed, webbed hand...
Director Jack Arnold directed some of the best American sci-fi movies of the post-wwii era, and Creature From The Black Lagoon is perhaps his most famous. About a team of scientists investigating the fossilised remains of a strange man-fish hybrid - and discovering the thing still very much alive in the depths of the Amazon - the movie was a sizeable hit for Universal when it came out in early 1954.
The cultural impact »
John Carpenter celebrated his 68th birthday a few days ago, so it felt like a no-brainer that I should cover one of his films this week. We here at Fsr are big Carpenter fans and have already covered several of his films on Commentary Commentary — Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live — but while those titles are beloved I’m turning this week to one of his less-respected titles that I happen to love. 1987’s Prince of Darkness is a fun mix of gory horror and metaphysical mumbo-jumbo, and while some sketchy acting hurts it the film as a whole is terrifically creepy entertainment. The score is fantastic, the film ends strong, and the cast includes a bevy of Carpenter favorites including Donald Pleasence, Victor Wong, and Dennis Dun. Keep reading to see what I heard on the Prince of Darkness commentary. Prince of Darkness »
- Rob Hunter
Morricone’s first Western soundtrack in over 30 years is also the first commissioned orchestral soundtrack for a Tarantino project; in the past, the controversial Pulp Fiction filmmaker has been reluctant to trust a composer with the essence of his movie. But if you’re going to trust it to anyone, the legendary Morricone (reportedly responsible for over 400 scores) has got to be that person. Here are the awesome cues that put the hate in The Hateful Eight.
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The overarching theme of Morricone’s brooding and gripping soundtrack tells you everything you need to know: something violent and dangerous is riding into town. »
- Sean Wilson
Quentin Tarantino can do whatever he wants. At this point in his career, twenty-two years removed from the pop-culture milestone Pulp Fiction (1994), the lowbrow aficionado has dabbled in everything from Kung Fu (Kill Bill, Vol. 1 & 2 [2003/04]) and Blaxploitation (Jackie Brown ) to world war (Inglorious Basterds ) and revisionist westerns (Django Unchained ). Each crucially dependent on their assigned genres, but unmistakably stamped by an artist who loves to screw with the status quo. No other filmmaker can channel the sophistication of Jean-Luc Godard and the violence of John Woo through the veil of a 1970s exploitation flick – much less attempt to in a coherent state of mind. But this is where the Oscar nominated Tarantino resides full time: right on the edge of cinematic sanity.
Proudly marketed as the director’s eighth film, The Hateful Eight is another high-tension affair; punctuated by a script you could bounce a bullet off of. Racial slurs, »
- Danilo Castro
Everyone who works with Ennio Morricone calls him "Maestro." It's a title that's both deferential and affectionate for the prolific, 87-year-old composer. Since the late Fifties, he has written some 500 movie scores, including such celebrated and iconic contributions to soundtracks such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Mission and Cinema Paradiso. His music has inspired a wide swath of artists from Metallica to Celine Dion, as well as filmmakers from Sergio Leone to Bernardo Bertolucci. But despite this, he has received few film awards in the U. »
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