Horror maestro John Carpenter hasn’t directed a movie in more than a decade, and that doesn’t seem likely to change any time soon. But the director of movies like The Thing, Halloween, and The Fog is now set to explore the horror genre through a new medium: audio.
Carpenter and his wife, producer Sandy King Carpenter, have signed a deal with Serial Box to develop multiple horror audio shows and podcasts over the next two years which will fall under a new “John Carpenter Presents” banner. Get the details below.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, a professional drummer analyzes drumming scenes from movies like Whiplash, Drumline, Wayne’s World, and more. Plus, listen as Oscar-winning make-up artist Nicki Ledermann talks about her work on Joker, The Devil Wears Prada, The Greatest Showman, and more. And finally, learn the differences between John Carptner‘s They Live and Ray Nelson‘s short story that inspired it. Read More »
The new Waxwork Records collection of Spinatures mini-busts is growing fast. Following the new Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch additions to the collectible line, the vinyl company has another timely Spinature to reveal from John Carpenter‘s classic 1988 sci-fi horror film They Live. It’s the grotesque Politician from the movie, and he’s got that classic pose from the famous “OBEY” shot that you’ve probably seen, even if you’re not familiar with the movie. Check it out below. Read More »
John Carpenter has never been one to mince words. A film legend in the eyes of many and a deity in the eyes of horror fans, the Escape From New York director has a reputation for telling it like it is, no matter how hard his punches land. Claiming most horror movies are bad. Saying his favorite part of filming The Fog was being done with it. Telling up-and-coming filmmakers that the best advice he can give them is to take a good, hard look in the mirror and ask themselves whether or not they really have any talent.
Carpenter may use his movies to play out fantastical scenarios wherein men turn into monsters from another world, pale faced bloodsuckers explode in sunlight, and authors have the power to pull everyday insurance investigators into the pages of their books, but on this plane of existence, the director always keeps it real. If anyone is going to accept a lifetime achievement award and use the ceremony to give an authentic, no-holds-barred Masterclass on the craft of filmmaking, it’s the wholly unabashed and insanely prolific virtuoso John Carpenter. Read More »
Somehow, in the digital age where music is so easily accessible in the palm of our hand, there are great new vinyl albums getting released all the time – especially for movie soundtracks. This week is no exception, as two of John Carpenter‘s classic movies are about to get a fresh set of vinyl soundtracks from Waxwork Records. The Fog is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a new expanded and complete vinyl soundtrack release of the score composed by Carpenter himself, and Escape From New York is getting one too, featuring Carpenter’s work with composer Alan Howarth. Check them both out below. Read More »
Look, whenever someone involved with a movie says that particular movie is good, that’s really not news. Of course someone with a vested interest in a product will proclaim its superiority – that’s just how stuff works. But there are exceptions. For example – John Carpenter is famous (or maybe infamous?) for not mincing words. If he doesn’t like something, he’ll be honest about it. Why? Because he really doesn’t have anything to lose. He has his legacy secured, and he’s more than happy to spend his days now collecting royalty checks and playing video games. So whenever Carpenter chimes in with praise for something – even if it’s something he’s involved with – it’s worth acknowledging. And that’s what we’re doing right now, because Carpenter recently sang the praises of the upcoming Halloween Kills.
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John Carpenter is getting behind another Blumhouse reboot of one of his horror classics. After Blumhouse knocked it out of the park with its Halloween revival, the beloved horror studio is now tackling a reboot of The Thing, Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi horror film based on the 1938 John W. Campbell Jr. novella Who Goes There? Carpenter confirmed he is “involved” with The Thing reboot, which is still in very early stages at Blumhouse Productions.
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There’s no filmmaker quite like John Carpenter, and it’s about time the man got some awards love for his staggering work. Enter the Fantasia Film Festival, who are presenting Carpenter with a lifetime achievement award. And since the festival is virtual this year it means Carpenter doesn’t have to leave his house to collect it, and that will no doubt appeal to him, as the legendary director really just wants nothing more than to hang around his pad playing video games these days.
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Halloween is still a few months away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start celebrating early. This Saturday, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Blumhouse are hosting a Halloween watch party that is set to feature director David Gordon Green, star Jamie Lee Curtis, and other special guests. Those special guests include the O.G. himself, John Carpenter, as well as Judy Greer, Jason Blum, and more. Universal has already staged a Pitch Perfect watch party, and after Halloween, they have plans for Apollo 13 and The Breakfast Club.
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Shout Factory and Sacred Bones Records are teaming up to release the ultimate Big Trouble in Little China Blu-ray box set. The new release not only comes with the latest special edition Blu-ray of the movie starring Kurt Russell, but there are several different versions that comes with extra goodies like a Steelbook version of the Blu-ray, official lithograph artwork, and a limited edition vinyl soundtrack featuring recent recordings of some of the film’s score by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth. Get the details on the new Big Trouble in Little China Blu-ray box set below. Read More »