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It’s been said that every musician wants to be a filmmaker and every filmmaker wants to be a musician. John Carpenter has been doing both for over 40 years, taking on writing, directing, and composing duties for most of his films. Carpenter is currently playing rock star, on tour promoting his two Lost Themes records, playing rearranged versions of his classic film themes to sold-out audiences around the world. In 1985, the horror master recorded an album’s worth of material alongside Nick Castle (the original Michael Myers) and Tommy Lee Wallace, who worked as production designer and editor on 1978’s Halloween before going on to write and direct the Carpenter-produced Halloween III: Season Of The Witch. Recorded as The Coupe De Villes, Waiting Out The Eighties was never meant to be officially released and only given out to friends and family. Well, one of those friends and »
- Mike Vanderbilt
As we've already reported, John Carpenter is returning to the Halloween franchise for the first time in over 30 years to executive produce a new installment. So what do we know so far? Here's a quick primer to get you up to speed (all quotes courtesy of Dread Central). 1. This is Carpenter's first involvement in the franchise since he scored and produced 1982's Halloween III: Season of the Witch. "So… I decided, after bitching for years and years about Halloween sequels, I would come aboard and shepherd this thing," said the filmmaker. 2. The film is being produced by Miramax, Jason Blum's Blumhouse Pictures and Malek Akkad, whose father financed and produced the first eight films in the Halloween series. Malek, who will produce through his Trancas International Films banner, was involved in several of the later installments and produced Rob Zombie's remake and its sequel. 3. Carpenter may also score the film, »
- Chris Eggertsen
The news dropped last night. I read (and reread) Heather’s article in these very pages with a mixture of shock, some trepidation, and an ultimate realization: John Carpenter is coming home. To Halloween. In the horror world, in this community, news doesn’t come any bigger or impactful. And while it is very early in the game, I think all parties involved (Blumhouse, Miramax, Malek Akkad) are determined to give us the best damn Halloween we’ve seen in a very long time. Especially Carpenter.
Hyperbole much? Sure. But here’s the thing – horror fans have always been like that. We invest ourselves completely in these worlds; discuss the pros and cons, ups and downs of every single film we come across. Are we sometimes cynical about what we’re offered? Of course. There’s a lot of disappointment, we all know that. We’ve all been burned, many times. »
- Scott Drebit
The year was 1978, and teenagers everywhere were about to stare down the cold, blank face of fear. John Carpenter’s seminal slasher, Halloween, set the high water mark for minimalist horror, inspiring a spate of knockoffs in the following decades. The renowned cult auteur hasn’t touched the horror franchise since the bizarre Halloween III: Season of the Witch in 1983, but things are about to change, as the legendary director has signed on for a new Halloween entry.
In a press conference held last night, Carpenter was announced as one of the executive producers along with rights-holder Miramax, low-budget horror-house Blumhouse and Malek Akkad’s Trancas (Akkad is the son of Halloween producer Moustapha Akkad). The multifaceted director may even score the upcoming reboot, as he did for a number of his prior films.
Few details about the plot or the angle of the film have been revealed, but Blumhouse »
- Andy L. Kubai
Exciting news for horror fans today. John Carpenter, director of the original 1978 horror classic Halloween is returning to the franchise as an executive producer. This latest reboot, which was once called Halloween Returns, is now at Blumhouse, with Miramax co-financing development and production. Malek Akkad will produce the sequel under his Trancas International Films banner. Blumhouse founder Jason Blum is also producing.
The new Halloween movie does not have a set release date yet. Miramax, who continue to hold onto worldwide distribution rights, will determine a theatrical release plan in the near future. Though, there appears to be some confusion as to whether or not this is a true sequel to the original featuring Michael Myers as the iconic slasher, or if this is yet another reboot of the franchise. In a statement, John Carpenter had this to say, hinting that this will be the '10th' sequel.
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John Carpenter’s returning to Halloween. That is a very surprising thing to type. I’ve had long conversations with John about Halloween and Michael Myers, and I would have said there would be no way he would return to the series. It’s not that he doesn’t like Myers; he does, and quite a bit. He’s justifiably proud of the film he made in 1978, and he’s definitely got thoughts about the films that followed his first movie. I’m still a fan of the idea of a series of different horror films all set on or around the holiday, and I’m glad to see that over time, Halloween III: Season Of The Witch has become more and more respected. While I’m not a fan of the ongoing story of Michael Myers, I’m aware that there are people who love all of it, who »
- Drew McWeeny
10 Cloverfield Lane emerges as a bold experiment for Bad Robot; one that works like gangbusters as a post-apocalyptic thriller, but becomes a bit maddening when you try to lock it into the Cloverfield mythology and timeline. Unless you're like me and enjoy the challenge and discussion surrounding such things. Most don't. Such is life.
Abrams has said that 10Cl is less a sequel and more akin to a different ride at the same amusement park. I like this way of describing it and some have likened the concept as being similar to what John Carpenter wanted to do with his Halloween series (which is how we ended up with the totally bonkers Halloween III: Season of the Witch).
But the question of 'how is this a sequel?' is less important than 'is this a g [Continued ...] »
Avoid getting pinched this St. Patrick’s Day by treating yourself to this new green Silver Shamrock shirt from Fright Rags. Based on Halloween III: Season of the Witch, the third installment in the Halloween franchise, this shirt is now available to order.
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- Tamika Jones
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 »
Hello again, dear readers. We’re in the middle of January, and it’s still slim pickings in terms of new movies, although I plan on checking out the new horror movie The Boy this weekend. But there are still cool new trailers for me to watch and analyze. This week’s column takes a look at the first trailer for the upcoming science-fiction mystery thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Premise: Waking up from a car accident, a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) finds herself in the basement of a man (John Goodman) who says he’s saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable.
My take: In this day and age of 24/7 media coverage, it’s nearly impossible for a film to truly sneak up and surprise us. One film that did manage that was Cloverfield (2008), the found-footage giant monster film from producer J. J. Abrams, »
- Timothy Monforton
10 items from 2016
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