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Video Essay. John Carpenter: Master of Perspective

4 May 2017 5:16 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

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. »

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21 Things We Learned from Simon Barrett’s Commentary on ‘Cathy’s Curse’

5 April 2017 11:54 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

“You might ask why we are doing this commentary track.”Cathy’s Curse (1976)

Commentators: Simon Barrett (filmmaker), Brian Collins (critic/author)

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 »

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Q&A: Director Andrew Goth on Working with Sam Neill & Tom Payne for Mindgamers

16 March 2017 8:44 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Andrew. What attracted you to MindGamers and how did you collaborate with Joanne Reay to come up with this story? 

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 »

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18 Things We Learned from John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness Commentary

18 January 2017 9:17 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

“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)

Commentator: John Carpenter (director), Gary B. Kibbe (cinematographer)

1. Carpenter himself refers to this as the third film in his unofficial “Apocalypse Trilogy” which also includes The Thing and Prince of Darkness.

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.

4. Sam Neill, who plays John Trent, was cut by broken glass in the scene where his cell door window is shattered. “He wasn’t too happy about it.”

5. Neill is apparently “the world’s biggest fan »

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