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He’s one of the film world’s most undisputed masters of horror with a catalog of work that delivers classic after classic. That’s why whenever we get a chance to talk with legendary director John Carpenter, we’re on it like a dog on a bone.
Recently John took a few minutes to chat about his career, his opinion of the genre today, and what he’s been up to in his spare time...
“Of all my movies, I've always had a special fondness for The Thing. Dark and fierce, it was perhaps too much of a downer for audiences at the time. Appreciation for it has grown over the years, which makes me very happy.”
- Aaron Williams
It is tempting to believe that at some point in the late 1980′s, a minion of Dr Evil’s travelled back in time and stole John Carpenter’s mojo. Up until that point he was in a purple patch of epic proportions, churning out horror films and action flicks of superb quality, breath-taking originality and trend-setting verve. Then it all seemed to go horribly, horribly wrong.
A recent informal straw poll via Twitter asked for suggestions as to which film from a John Carpenter box set should be watched as a matter of priority – scanning through the options, which were by no means exhaustive, gave plenty of food for thought – Escape from New York or Assault on Precinct 13? Halloween or The Thing? You see? He set the bar pretty high for himself, perhaps the only way was down.
Eventually, Carpenter’s output descended into Memoirs of an Invisible Man, »
- Dave Roper
June 25, 1982, was a good day for genre fans. Hell, that summer saw a spate of genre classics released, including "The Road Warrior," "Poltergeist," and "E.T." But June 25th in particular saw not only the release, as we discussed earlier today, of "Blade Runner," but also another legendary sci-fi picture, which like Ridley Scott's film, wasn't well-received at the time, and flopped at the box office, but went on to be enshrined in the geek hall of fame. No, it's not Barry Bostwyck vehicle "MegaForce," but John Carpenter's terrifying "The Thing," which despite the efforts of last year's poor retread/prequel, remains one of the greatest sci-fi/horrors ever made.
Technically a remake of Howard Hawks' well-loved 1951 "The Thing From Another World," which Carpenter pays tribute to in the opening moments, the new film took a very different approach, ramping up both the paranoia and the eye-popping physical effects, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
A vampire or invisible character's inability to primp raises the question: How do they look so damn immaculate all the time?! Johnny Depp's Barnabas Collins joins a fellowship of "invisible" superhuman characters who shun reflections in mirrors. In Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Chevy Chase's hat floats six feet above the ground; in Beetlejuice, Geena Davis's toy horse trots in mid-air; and Fright Night's Amanda Bearse spins around the dance floor with a handsome vampire, until they twirl past a mirror. Then boom! No date! »
- Caroline Shin
In the first installment of our exclusive Indie Horror Month interview with the legendary John Carpenter, we left off with the Master of Horror discussing the backlash he experienced after his 1982 horror/sci-fi thriller The Thing and what kind of sequel he would have liked to have seen.
For Part Two we pick up right where we left off in Carpenter's career and hear more about what he went through while working on various independent projects including They Live, Prince of Darkness and Village of the Damned as well as how the studio system left him feeling burned out after working on films like Big Trouble in Little China, Memoirs of an Invisible Man and Ghosts of Mars.
Carpenter went on to discuss his return to feature filmmaking with The Ward and his thoughts about how technology has changed the industry over the last 30 years.
Check out Part Two of »
After giving fans so many horror stories to fall in love with for over 30 years now, there's not much that hasn't already been said a million times regarding John Carpenter's contributions to our beloved genre, which is why for Indie Horror Month we decided to let the man speak for himself.
Last month Dread Central headed over to Carpenter's office for an exclusive video interview with the iconic filmmaker, and during our chat we heard from him on a multitude of topics ranging from his earliest film - Dark Star - to his latest directorial effort - The Ward - and pretty much everything else that has happened in between.
In Part One of our video interview, Carpenter talks about his experiences working on his early independent horror features including Dark Star, Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween and The Fog as well as more on his transition to the »
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