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Directors' Trademarks: John Carpenter

27 October 2016 5:05 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

What better way to prepare for Halloween than look back at one of the most iconic horror film directors of all time! Join us as we examining the trademark style and calling signs of John Carpenter, aka. The Master of Horror, as director.

John Carpenter is a filmmaker best characterized by his work in genre films. He became fascinated by film at a young age and attended film school at the University of Southern California before dropping out in 1974 to film his feature debut, Dark Star. That film didn’t get much commercial traction, but caught the attention of many in the industry who admired Carpenter’s ability to make the film on a shoestring budget. His follow-up was 1976’s Assault on Precinct 13, which didn’t receive much attention upon release, but after a showing at several festivals in 1977 became a critical hit and received a strong cult following. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Pumpkinhead Reboot Is Happening with Saw Producer

3 August 2016 1:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There are a staggering amount of reboots, long awaited sequels and the sometimes confusing requel being made right now. Horror movies have always been a big moneymaker for studios, so it isn't at all surprising that some classic horror icons are in the process of being brought back to the big screen. The latest of these icons is none other than the cult classic Pumpkinhead, which is being revived by Saw producer Peter Block.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Block has obtained the rights to the classic horror franchise, which was originally brought to life by visual effects legend Stan Winston, his directorial debut in 1988. The original Pumpkinhead tells the story of a grieving father who loses his son in a tragic accident, who then conjures up a vengeful, terrifying demon to punish the teenagers responsible. According to the report, the reboot is set to start shooting in 2017, but no »

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Pumpkinhead Reboot in the Works

3 August 2016 8:23 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

One of cinema’s most vengeful creatures could be coming back to the big screen, as a Pumpkinhead reboot is currently in the works and could start filming as early as next year.

EW reports that Peter Block, executive producer of the Saw films, Holliston, Frozen, John Carpenter’s The Ward, and numerous other horror movies, has purchased the rights to the Pumpkinhead franchise that kicked off in 1988 with Stan Winston’s directorial debut and continued in three sequels (the latest one being 2007’s TV movie Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud).

Along with writer Nate Atkins, Block has put together a screenplay for a Pumpkinhead reboot (at this time titled Pumpkinhead) that has the same spirit of the first film without being a shot-for-shot remake. Block is currently searching for the right director to helm the reboot, and he’d like to begin filming in early 2017.

With special effects wizard Winston at »

- Derek Anderson

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Luc Besson found guilty of plagiarising John Carpenter's 'Escape from New York'

29 July 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp production company are out $500,000 (or 450,000 euros) following a ruling in a French appeals court Friday that the writer/director had plagiarized John Carpenter's Escape from New York with his 2012 sci-fi actioner Lockout, Deadline reports.  The judgment, which found that Lockout "massively borrowed key elements" from Carpenter's 1981 cult classic, came down after Besson appealed an initial court ruling that ordered he and the film's co-writers and directors Stephen St. Leger and James Mather to pay Carpenter, screenwriter Nick Castle and Escape from New York rights-holder StudioCanal a measly $95,000 (or 85,000 euros). Whoops! Carpenter sought $3.3 million in his original suit, alleging Besson (who wrote Lockout's story and co-wrote the film's script in addition to producing the film) copied his 1981 hit and its 1996 sequel Escape from L.A. with its plot about a wrongly-convicted former CIA agent (Guy Pearce) who is offered his freedom if he can successfully rescue the U. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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John Carpenter talks Halloween sequel, video games and his band

12 July 2016 3:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Horror master talks video game adaptations of his films, his music career and the possibility of composing the music for the Halloween sequel.

Horror maestro John Carpenter could write the score for the latest spin off of his 1978 classic, Halloween.

Carpenter is already on board as executive producer of the new movie, announced earlier this summer.

“Maybe I’ll do the music,” the 68-year-old filmmaker told Screen about the project which is being made by Miramax and Blumhouse.

However, Carpenter (who scored the original film) confirmed that he will definitely not be directing the project.

The director/composer/keyboardist was speaking to Screen at the the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Niff, 1-9 July) where Carpenter and his band performed his film music together with original music from his Lost Themes albums at a sold out concert in the town’s cavernous Théâtre du Passage.

Carpenter hasn’t directed a feature film since The Ward in 2010 and »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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John Carpenter talks Holloween sequel, video games and his band

12 July 2016 3:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Horror master talks video game adaptations of his films, his music career and the possibility of composing the music for the Halloween sequel.

Horror maestro John Carpenter could write the score for the latest spin off of his 1978 classic, Halloween.

Carpenter is already on board as executive producer of the new movie, announced earlier this summer.

“Maybe I’ll do the music,” the 68-year-old filmmaker told Screen about the project which is being made by Miramax and Blumhouse.

However, Carpenter (who scored the original film) confirmed that he will definitely not be directing the project.

The director/composer/keyboardist was speaking to Screen at the the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Niff, 1-9 July) where Carpenter and his band performed his film music together with original music from his Lost Themes albums at a sold out concert in the town’s cavernous Théâtre du Passage.

Carpenter hasn’t directed a feature film since The Ward in 2010 and »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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John Carpenter talks Holloween sequel, video game adaptations and his band

12 July 2016 3:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Horror master talks video game adaptations of his films, his music career and the possibility of composing the music for the Halloween sequel.

Horror maestro John Carpenter could write the score for the latest spin off of his 1978 classic, Halloween.

Carpenter is already on board as executive producer of the new movie, announced earlier this summer.

“Maybe I’ll do the music,” the 68-year-old filmmaker told Screen about the project which is being made by Miramax and Blumhouse.

However, Carpenter (who scored the original film) confirmed that he will definitely not be directing the project.

The director/composer/keyboardist was speaking to Screen at the the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Niff, 1-9 July) where Carpenter and his band performed his film music together with original music from his Lost Themes albums at a sold out concert in the town’s cavernous Théâtre du Passage.

Carpenter hasn’t directed a feature film since The Ward in 2010 and »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Coming Home: Why John Carpenter’s Return to Halloween Matters

24 May 2016 5:45 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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

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Watch John Carpenter Perform Halloween Theme and More at L.A. Concert

22 May 2016 4:45 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

John Carpenter is widely known as one of the most celebrated genre filmmakers of all time, directing classics such as Halloween, Escape From New York, The Fog and so many more. What some might not realize is the filmmaker is also an accomplished musician, who actually composed the scores and theme songs for most of his movies. The filmmaker hasn't directed a feature since 2010's The Ward, but over the weekend, the filmmaker took to the stage for a live retrospective of his music, performing several of his iconic theme songs from his hit horror movies.

The concert took place this past Friday at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, where the director performed the theme songs live for hits such as Halloween, They Live, The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13 and Christine. In case you couldn't make it to this event, videos of these performances recently surfaced on YouTube, »

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Blu-ray Review: John Carpenter’s Village Of The Damned

11 April 2016 7:05 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

By 1995, it was safe to say that John Carpenter’s best days as a filmmaker were behind him. He had made the last of his many masterpieces one year earlier with 1994’s In the Mouth of Madness and would, in fact, direct only four more theatrical features in his career (as of this writing, at least). It would be difficult to argue for any of the four as being his best work.

Though his filmography boasts a handful of detours, most were movies Carpenter made to demonstrate his ability to do something other than horror—the romantic drama of Starman, the would-be commercial FX comedy Memoirs of an Invisible Man. He’s only ever made two movies that feel like dispassionate for-hire gigs. One is The Ward. The other is Village of the Damned, new to Blu-ray from Scream Factory.

A remake of the 1960 film of the same name, Village of the Damned »

- Patrick Bromley

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Round-Up: Exclusive Poster for The Inhabitants, The Hatching, The X-Files & Ghostbusters Figures, All Hallows’ Eve 2, Monstrous Comic

5 January 2016 8:35 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In this round-up, we have an exclusive poster for the Rasmussen brothers' The Inhabitants, DVD release details on The Hatching, a look at Diamond Select Toys' The X-Files and Ghostbusters figures, an All Hallows' Eve 2 trailer, and Kickstarter campaign details for the comic book series Monstrous.

The Inhabitants Exclusive Poster: Hitting Blu-ray and DVD today from FilmRise, The Inhabitants was written and directed by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen (John Carpenter's The Ward). To celebrate the film's home media release, we've been provided with an exclusive poster from The Inhabitants just for Daily Dead readers (shown below).

Press Release: "New York – FilmRise has acquired North American home media rights to The Inhabitants, the new supernatural thriller from the writers of John Carpenter's The Ward. The Brooklyn-based film and TV distributor will release the film January 5th, 2016, on DVD and Blu-ray. The discs will include an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette as well as the film's trailer. »

- Tamika Jones

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