Two years ago this week, I posted a review of Dark Star, the first movie from director John Carpenter. Last month, I closed off my chronological amble through his theatrical feature films with a review of The Ward. To celebrate completing this 40,000-word-plus enterprise, I’ve put together a few closing thoughts on my five favorite John Carpenter flicks. Trying to do a complete list of the films from best to worst isn’t an easy task: I’d end up with too many…
Carpenter’s last movie as director to date is The Ward, an unfortunately generic horror film that captures none of what made him great in the first place.
Is 2001’s Ghost of Mars Carpenter’s worst movie, as many people have pegged it?
Jack Crow (James Woods) is the leader of a vampire-slaying squad working for the Vatican to eradicate the plague of bloodsuckers across the southwestern US.
So, have you heard of this little flick called Escape From New York? Well, this is the same thing, except in Los Angeles.
Village of the Damned ‘95 has a dire reputation, often cited as one of the worst — if not the worst — film in director John Carpenter’s canon.
“I think, therefore you are.” —Sutter Cane (Do you read Sutter Cane?) John Carpenter’s career couldn’t have taken a sharper turn than to go from the impersonal director-for-hire Memoirs of an Invisible Man, targeted toward a mainstream date-night audience, to In the Mouth of Madness, a highly personal film aimed at the narrowest and most specific audience of horror lovers possible. Of course, In the Mouth of Madness was a financial failure — the biggest at that point in Carpenter’s…
John Carpenter’s only director-for-hire gig at least has excellent visual effects and Sam Neill stealing the show.
“What’s the threat? We all sell out every day. Might as well be on the winning team.” The career of John Carpenter spans four decades, but the 1980s was his special golden era. Although his ‘80s films may not have always succeeded at the box office, their run of quality is humbling: Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), and Prince of Darkness (1987). While Christine (1983) and Starman (1984) aren’t in the…
John Carpenter returned to indie horror with a weird mixture of science, religion, and a zombie siege movie: Prince of Darkness.