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John Carpenter is considered one of the most iconic horror directors, having created such classic chillers as Halloween, The Thing and The Fog. Carpenter has also given us some damn good action movies too, introducing us to Snake Plissken in Escape From New York and even blessing video game icon Duke Nukem with one of his most famous lines (“I’m here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…. And i’m all outta gum”) which was nabbed from alien invasion movie They Live.
Sadly, Carpenter’s work has become somewhat overshadowed by a later career of disappointing films – many of which have failed to excite both critics and audiences.
As we enter the final stretch of this years 31 Days Of Horror celebration, we take a look at the 5 best and the 5 worst films made by the infamous master of horror.
The 5 Best The Thing (1983)
I once managed to see an »
- Stephen Leigh
We had thought David Goyer’s proposed remake of The Invisible Man had been erased in the wake of how much trouble Universal had with The Wolfman before it eventually flopped – but news today is encouraging that the project is very much still alive and might still see the light of day.
“It’s something slowly working its way through the Universal development channels… We did some pre-vis tests and things like that that they were very happy with. Now we’re going through the casting process. If they get the right lead, they’ll make it.
It’s a period film but it’s period like Downey’s ’Sherlock Holmes… It’s period but it’s a reinvention of the character in the »
- Matt Holmes
Next month, director John Carpenter releases The Ward, his first film in ten years. While his four decade career has had its share of ups (The Thing), downs (Memoirs of an Invisible Man), and more downs (Ghosts of Mars), Carpenter remains one of the most influential genre filmmakers of all time. He has fans across all demographics, from weather enthusiasts…
…to eye patch fetishists…
(And Goldie Hawn!)
…to undercover aliens attempting to hypnotize humans with subliminal advertising.
(Which is a weirdly specific demographic, but one that will eventually take over the world.)
However, Carpenter’s gay following isn’t particularly mobilized, outside of a few revealing Kurt Russell Snake Pliskin costumes around Halloween. This is a shame, because Carpenter’s oeuvre has a lot to offer the gay film buff.
Here are the top five reasons why gay men should love John Carpenter...
5. John Carpenter films star tough »
by Jason Lees, MoreHorror.com
Growing up, part of the attraction to genre movies was the “how’d they do that?” factor. You’d be watching Fright Night and wonder how they got Evil Ed to transform from wolf to human, or marvel at what damage Mr. Krueger was doing to the kids of Elm Street. Today we have CGI, so some of the magic is gone, but there was a time when you’d spend more time trying to figure out the trick rather than watching the movie.
Sometimes the effects, more than the actors, were the stars. In some director’s hands, that was fine. It was part of the experience to try and figure out how they got a head to blow up on cue or to spot the strings behind a flying piranha. It was part of the fun.
Some directors, however, didn’t give us »
Now, I make no apologies for posting this one. Over Xmas just gone, I re-watched John Carpenter's awesome action-satire They Live, and my enthusiasm for the veteran director duly ratcheted back to the levels of someone lucky enough to have never seen any of Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Escape from L.A. and Ghosts of Mars. So with Jc back in favour, here comes the trailer for his new movie, The Ward.
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Echo Lake Productions has released the full movie trailer for John Carpenter's return to horror -- The Ward. Many of you know, Carpenter is a celebrated filmmaker who frequently has worked in the sci-fi and horror genres. He is one of the brand name filmmakers from the 1970's-80's. His filmography includes Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, Escape From New York, The Thing, Starman, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, many of which have already been remade or are currently in development for a big screen redo. Carptener's career hit a slump in the 1990's with films like Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Village of the Damned, Escape from La, Vampire$ and. Ghosts of Mars. Carpenter has not made a feature film in almost nine years. But don't get too excited. It's rare that I walk out of a movie theater angry, but this is what »
- Peter Sciretta
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