John Carpenter - Underrated Film Genius...Or As Crap As Lucas? Page 10

  • You-can-call-me-kal 24 May 2016 12:34:08 14,189 posts
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    Did one a few years ago called The Ward. Was his big return to horror. It absolutely stank.
  • Jyzzy-Z 24 May 2016 12:35:22 4,153 posts
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    Ok fuck that than :)

    I'll stick to listening to Lost Themes.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 24 May 2016 12:37:17 18,389 posts
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    Considering the last time he made a remotely decent film was 28 years ago I wouldn't get too excited.
  • richarddavies 24 May 2016 12:51:46 6,608 posts
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    Looking forward to it. He'll make it more "down with the kids" . Michael will have a sleeve tat and a man bun. And he's a bit more chatty like deadpool.
  • drhickman1983 24 May 2016 13:17:54 5,722 posts
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    Del Toro is a fan of Carpenter, it seems.

    https://storify.com/tvaziri/guillermo-del-toro-s-tweetstorm-about-john-carpent
  • anephric 24 May 2016 14:20:47 3,085 posts
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    Del Toro is a fucking huge uberfan of Carpenter, more like.

    I do like Del Toro. He's a massive, massive nerd and incredibly passionate. He has a house set up pretty much just for his collection of action figures and memorabilia.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 24 May 2016 14:38:37 14,189 posts
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    Think the regard that Del Toro is held in is somewhat strange. He has two good films to his name and several truly awful ones.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 24 May 2016 14:50:42 18,389 posts
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    Whats the two? Pan's Labyrinth and Hell Boy?
  • You-can-call-me-kal 24 May 2016 15:13:58 14,189 posts
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    Chronos and Pan's Labyrinth.
  • anephric 24 May 2016 15:38:14 3,085 posts
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    The Devil's Backbone is almost as good as Pan's Labyrinth, imo. And I love Blade 2.
  • YenRug 28 Jul 2016 23:31:02 4,553 posts
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    https://www.facebook.com/directorjohncarpenter/events

    OCT20

    John Carpenter LIVE / Brighton Dome / 20.10.16
    Thurs 19:00

    Brighton Dome
    Brighton

    OCT22

    John Carpenter
    Sat 19:30

    Usher Hall
    Edinburgh

    OCT23

    Simple Things 2016 Finale: John Carpenter Live
    Sun 19:00

    Colston Hall
    Bristol

    OCT25

    John Carpenter : Live Retrospective
    Tues 19:00

    Vicar Street
    Dublin, Ireland

    OCT28

    John Carpenter - Liverpool Olympia - Fri 28 October
    Fri 19:00

    Liverpool Olympia
    Liverpool

    OCT31

    Release The Bats feat. John Carpenter
    Mon 18:00

    Troxy
    London
  • anephric 29 Jul 2016 00:19:36 3,085 posts
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    29th October in Manchester as well.
  • Dante_Cubit 30 Jul 2016 10:06:14 1,996 posts
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    I have a ticket for Manchester and I cannot wait.
  • Dante_Cubit 30 Jul 2016 10:06:15 1,996 posts
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    I have a ticket for Manchester and I cannot wait.
  • Deleted user 30 July 2016 10:33:35
    I must have really got into Carpenter when The Thing game came out, I then went through his entire back catalogue. I'm sure I considered him my favourite director at one point, but he certainly lost his edge towards the end of his film career. I think the alarm bells were in Escape From L.A. But yeah he certainly has a great back catalogue within the late 70s, and 80s. I'd only rate In the Mouth of Madness, as a great 90s Carpenter.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 30 Jul 2016 19:32:46 14,189 posts
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    In the Mouth of Madness is superb. Vampires isn't great, but kinda fun.
  • YenRug 31 Jul 2016 18:22:17 4,553 posts
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    Thanks for the reminder, In the Mouth of Madness is one I've been meaning to check on blu-ray.com for a while now. Now ordered. Keep thinking of films and then forgetting to go check if they're available, shame that the US release of Prince of Darkness is region locked.
  • anephric 31 Jul 2016 22:29:46 3,085 posts
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    Just buy the German one :)
  • YenRug 31 Jul 2016 23:46:04 4,553 posts
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    anephric wrote:
    Just buy the German one :)
    Now, if I do that someone like Arrow will announce the UK release about a month afterwards, it's what seems to keep on happening when I buy German blu-rays.

    Just wish someone would get their shit together and do a release of Until the End of the World, though, after buying the German collector's edition which didn't have English subs for those parts when foreign language is used.
  • YenRug 1 Aug 2016 15:24:20 4,553 posts
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    http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/director-carpenter-talks-bowling-green-memories-new-halloween-film/article_27dc5af2-48e9-5497-b522-b6a3732f7c68.html

    Director Carpenter talks Bowling Green memories, new 'Halloween' film

    Wes Swietek Jul 30, 2016

    It's been a long journey for famed film director John Carpenter, from playing in garage bands for fraternity parties at Western Kentucky University to playing in front of thousands of people at venues around the world.

    Carpenter, a former Bowling Green resident perhaps best known for directing the iconic "Halloween" movie, is, at age 68, adding to his entertainment legacy.

    The director of almost two dozen films who also wrote the iconic score for "Halloween," as well as several other movies, has released two albums "Lost Themes" and "Lost Themes II" and has hit the road to perform the music live on an international tour, with stops from Helsinki to Barcelona and London to Los Angeles.

    "I talked to an agent and they said you could make some money," taking his music on tour, Carpenter said in an interview with the Daily News on Wednesday. "So I thought, well, I'm not getting any younger."

    His band includes his son and godson and members of Tenacious D, the band fronted by comedian/singer Jack Black.

    "We're out here playing and having a great time," he said. Some who attend the concerts are fans of Carpenter's films, but "we get a mixed bag of people," he said. "They don't know what to expect." About 70 percent of the music is movie scores while 30 percent is new music.

    Carpenter also made movie headlines recently when it was announced that he would be returning to the "Halloween" franchise as executive producer of an upcoming "Halloween" movie. The 1978 original was one of the most successful small-budget films of all time, made for about $300,000 and leading to numerous sequels and remakes that have collectively grossed nearly $400 million.

    Locally, the film is also known for its many local references Carpenter co-wrote the film and included references to Smiths Grove and Russellville.

    The Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau has even produced a self-guided tour called "John Carpenter's Reel Sites, Real Scary" that highlights Carpenter's life in Bowling Green and the local references.

    Carpenter said the new film is in its very early stages "We're not far at all," he said, but the search for a director is making progress. As for whether the next "Halloween" film will build on the local references found in "Halloween" and some of his other films "I don't know yet you never know," he said, adding that he also might compose the score for the film.

    Carpenter said his ties to Bowling Green are diminishing.

    He was born in 1948 in Carthage, N.Y. When Carpenter was 5, his family moved to Bowling Green where his father started teaching music at WKU. He attended Western before transferring to the USC School of Cinema in Los Angeles. WKU awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2007 and he was also inducted into WKU's Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1999. In the Distinguished Alumni video from 1999, Carpenter talked about his local memories: I suppose that most of who I am and what I believe in was figured out walking around the grounds of the Kentucky Building after dinner when the sun's going down ... I don't think I've been in a more beautiful spot in all my life. And the thoughts of life and death, people, beauty, cruelty, fear ... whatever I was thinking about, I thought about walking by myself there. I was a loner, but I grew up in a paradise. I kind of became who I am now.

    The stint in Bowling Green included playing music in several bands in the late 1960s, including one called Kaleidoscope, Carpenter recalled.

    He had been coming to Bowling Green once a year to see his father and friends, but with the passing in February of his father Dr. Howard R. Carpenter, who spent 34 years at WKU, including as head of the school's music department there's "not a lot of reason to" return to his old stomping grounds anymore, he said.

    His memories of Bowling Green are not all idyllic; "Everything I learned about evil, I learned in Bowling Green," he said, referencing being exposed here to "the Jim Crow South" for the first time.

    But Carpenter also recalled the three Bowling Green movie theaters the Capitol, Princess and State and two drive-ins where he took in double features as the catalysts for his eventual career.

    "Those theaters are where I got my movie education," he said.
  • Deleted user 1 August 2016 15:29:37
    I should have mentioned The Thing game, and not the film. Not that old :D
  • You-can-call-me-kal 1 Aug 2016 15:32:42 14,189 posts
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    I have a theory that people will start getting into all the 90s Carpenter films soon. This is based on pretty much everything he's done being ahead of his time, and people only recently realising that They Live is great.

    I have a similar theory for Brian De Palma.
  • itsoldsquarejaw 1 Aug 2016 15:48:31 280 posts
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    They're not half as bad as made out. Even Escape From LA has some cheesed-up charm. Terrible effects work even for the time, but it's still Kurt Russell being Snake Plissken. In The Mouth Of Madness is under-rated and brilliantly weird. I've still not caught Vampires but I hear it's fun.

    Even Ghosts Of Mars is a laugh, although it's so goofy you can't take it seriously. Still has that Carpenter atmosphere, though. Similarly to Dario Argento, who makes godawful junk now, there's still some indefinable character even at their worst.
  • anephric 1 Aug 2016 16:19:45 3,085 posts
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    Argento's not made anything decent since Opera.
  • Deleted user 2 August 2016 12:50:34
    I might give Escape From L.A a watch tonight, as I haven't seen it in years. If I recall it seemed on paper a bit of a remake of New York, but with some camp acting.
  • AceGrace 2 Aug 2016 13:45:01 3,189 posts
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    I love Escape from L.A.

    Except for the surfing scene. The effects in that are awful.

    Edited by AceGrace at 13:45:41 02-08-2016

    Edited by AceGrace at 06:57:31 03-08-2016
  • AcidSnake 2 Aug 2016 13:57:09 8,068 posts
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    Saw NY and LA recenty again...Love NY and really like LA even though it has horrible effects and some stupid plot holes...

    Also recently finally got to see the cut scene from NY on youtube...
    Always weird seeing new scenes for films that are that old...
  • Deleted user 2 August 2016 15:40:24
    I think L.A summed up the latter career of Carpenter. Some half baked ideas, although not terrible, they were questionable.

    Any love for Prince of Darkness? I think that is far more underrated.
  • AceGrace 3 Aug 2016 06:56:31 3,189 posts
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