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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.From the start, the disparity between John Carpenter’s tastes and his impulses as an artist were obvious to even those who loved him dearly. His breakout film, Halloween (1978), arguably the most replicated movie of all-time, was derided by one side of the taste divide for its players’ full-throated embrace of still-nascent horror archetypes—those whining babysitters and their slavishly puckish boyfriends!—and celebrated by the other for stylishly transcending its origins as an artless genre project. His remake of The Thing (1982) was attacked for placing special effects on the same level as classic suspense techniques, both of which, in Carpenter’s hands, were executed to perfection and denigrated accordingly. This duality in Carpenter’s work lead many, particularly as his career went on, to push back against his perceived inclination towards silliness. »
“You might ask why we are doing this commentary track.”Cathy’s Curse (1976)
1. This original cut features opening text that Collins (who also creates credits for TV/film) apparently recreated, and they’ve finally given Barrett the opportunity to read all nineteen words. They’re not present in the longer director’s cut. “I’ve never seen the longer cut,” says Barrett “and I won’t because I’m patriotic.”
2. The onscreen text was added by the distributors to explain the footage they cut for its release.
3. Barrett (and Collins?) recorded a “fan” commentary for the films years ago.
4. Barrett wonders about the Venn Diagram including people who are fans of the film and happen to know who both he and Collins are. “It’s like two specks that you can’t tell if they’re the same or not.”
5. “You know and I know that I’ve had »
- Rob Hunter
What if you could access and download the extraordinary abilities of others as if they were part of a database? That's the intriguing question explored in the new sci-fi thriller MindGamers, co-starring Tom Payne (who plays Jesus on The Walking Dead) and Sam Neill (In the Mouth of Madness, Jurassic Park). With the film coming out in theaters on March 28th, we caught up with co-writer / director Andrew Goth to discuss working with Payne and Neill, the real-life relevance of his latest film, and much more.
Andrew Goth: Joanne was already into the field of quantum theory and consciousness. I love science, but I’m not that bright. We had to find an entertaining premise that did not »
- Derek Anderson
“Sometimes it’s fun to do something a little darker.”
It’s John Carpenter’s birthday this week, so of course we gave a listen to one of the few commentary tracks he’s done that we haven’t covered yet. (And now we know why.)
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
2. The opening credits sequence was filmed by the second-unit at a printing press in Toronto, Canada.
3. The asylum exterior/main hall is actually a water reclamation plant off Lake Ontario, while the basement cells were built on a set.
5. Neill is apparently “the world’s biggest fan »
- Rob Hunter
4 items from 2017
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