john carpenter movies ranked

For the past month, I’ve been revisiting the filmography of John Carpenter, a filmmaker of extraordinary range and skill who spent a few decades churning out one masterpiece after another. And then, as luck would have it, Carpenter (who has all but retired) started entering the news again. First, Guillermo del Toro paid tribute to him with a brilliant string of tweets. Then, Blumhouse acquired the rights to make a new Halloween movie and brought Carpenter on board as an executive producer. My personal project was suddenly relevant!

Then again, John Carpenter is always relevant as long as you want to talk about one of the most fascinating and entertaining filmmakers of the past forty years. Because I needed an excuse to write about his movies (and because this is the internet), I ranked all 18 of Carpenter’s theatrically released films, which was actually a tricky progress. Even his weaker movies tend to be interesting and his best movies are so good that they defy comparison.

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Halloween Sequel

UPDATE: Bloody Disgusting reports Oculus director Mike Flanagan is in talks to direct the Halloween remake. Nothing official has been revealed yet, but for now it sounds like he’s the man for the job. Not my first choice for the job, but Oculus is certainly an underrated horror flick, so this could be a good move. Our original story from late night on May 23rd follows.

Legends never die. After years of Dimension Films trying to figure out what to do with the Halloween franchise, the company lost the rights to the iconic horror series that started with John Carpenter‘s classic film. Out of nowhere a surprise announcement came from Blumhouse Productions revealing that they are teaming with Miramax to co-finance a new Halloween sequel. Before you get all bent out of shape about the franchise not knowing when to die, director John Carpenter will be on board the film as executive producer.

Find out more about the Halloween sequel after the jump. Read More »

The Thing Documentary

Since there isn’t really an abundance of Thanksgiving films that you can enjoy throughout the month of November leading up to the feasting holiday, it’s probably not a bad idea to keep watching horror films for at least a couple weeks following the end of Halloween. Or if you’ve had your fill of blood, spooks and demons, maybe you’d like to go behind the scenes of one of the best horror films ever made.

John Carpenter’s The Thing from 1982 is a classic in every sense of the word. It has influenced cinema for decades, inspired a generation of filmmakers, and it holds up as a truly intense, suspenseful thriller. And now a new The Thing documentary clocking in around 84 minutes goes behind the scenes of the film, telling you everything you ever wanted to know. Read More »

Escape From New York remake

For over eight years now an Escape from New York remake has been in development. Originally, Gerard Butler (300) was set to star, which, if I recall correctly, made a puzzled Kurt Russell ask, “Isn’t Snake Plissken an American?” Butler, like many writers and directors, departed from the project. Today, some life has been breathed back into the in-development-hell film, as there’s a new Escape from New York remake writer onboard. Read more after the jump.

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Halloween screening audio clip

It’s been 37 years since John Carpenter‘s classic slasher Halloween sent waves through the horror genre and across the nation, scaring the living daylights out of audiences in 1978.

But what was it like to experience this film for the first time? What was it like to witness Michael Myers, or The Shape, chasing Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) through Haddonfield, Illinois before he became a horror icon? Thankfully, a vintage audio clip has surfaced online from a packed screening, and you can see how their screams, general uneasiness and suspense match up with scenes from the climax of the movie. It’s just plain fantastic.

Listen to a horrified crowd in the Halloween screening audio clip below! Read More »

Big Trouble in Little China

News of a beloved film being remade is rarely good news. The closest you can get, however, is something along the lines of Dwayne Johnson starring in a remake of John Carpenter‘s Big Trouble in Little China. I’m 100% behind the “Why remake a perfect movie?” argument but if it’s going to happen anyway, Johnson as the star is a major plus.

Johnson’s attitude toward the movie is an even bigger plus. In a new interview, the San Andreas star said he hopes they can be respectful to the original and even wants John Carpenter himself to come on board. Read the quotes below. Read More »

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Big Trouble Remake

Earlier this week we learned that The Rock Dwayne Johnson will star in a Big Trouble in Little China remake. Someone decided to ask John Carpenter, the director of the original now-classic Big Trouble in Little China, his thoughts on the news. Find out what the filmmaker said and learn if he has any involvement in this new film, after the jump.

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Escape From New York remake

Face it: John Carpenter‘s 1981 film Escape From New York will be remade eventually. That future may have just become bit more immediate as 20th Century Fox took the film’s remake rights in an open bidding process. This kills off any previous rumors about the remake, so at least we can start from scratch on that front. Read More »

Matt Ryan Tobin Halloween

James Cameron, John Carpenter, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan & Steven Spielberg. You’d be hard pressed to come up with five names who, over the past few decades, have build better worlds on the big screen. Avatar, Halloween, The Lord of the Rings, Inception and Jurassic Park are just the tip of the cinematic iceberg for that group and, this weekend at the Hero Complex Gallery, they’re paying tribute.

Imagined Worlds is a group show at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA comprised of art based on the films of those five filmmakers. As you can expect, the possibilities are endless with that group and, below, you can get just a small sampling of the work that’ll first be on display Friday October 17, before going online Saturday October 18. Read More »