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The Carpenter Retrospective Link List
The Carpenter Retrospective Link List
The Carpenter Retrospective Link List

The Carpenter Retrospective Link List

Click on the film title below you want to read the retrospective of: Dark Star Assault on Precinct 1 Halloween The Fog Escape from New York The Thing Christine Starman Big Trouble in Little China Prince of Darkness They Live Me...
 
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John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars
John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars
John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars

John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars

Death metal fans and feminists in space! Doesn’t sound bad, does it? But 2001’s Ghosts of Mars is not, in any way, ‘good’. Or, indeed, ‘watchable’. For a start, Ice Cube plays someone named James ‘Desolation’ Williams. Yep, you...
 

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John Carpenter’s Vampires
John Carpenter’s Vampires
John Carpenter’s Vampires

John Carpenter’s Vampires

There have been two direct to video sequels for this film. This film was hardly a hit – and yet someone managed to convince Jon Bon Jovi to head up the second film. How odd – and a shame they couldn’t invent a better story for ...
 
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John Carpenter’s Escape From L.A.
John Carpenter’s Escape From L.A.
John Carpenter’s Escape From L.A.

John Carpenter’s Escape From L.A.

The walking, one-eyed phallic symbol that is ‘Snake’ Plissken is back. For some reason. In 1981, Escape from New York inspired a young Robert Rodriguez and became a near-instant cult classic. It is rumoured that Carpenter conce...
 

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John Carpenter's Village Of the Damned
John Carpenter's Village Of the Damned
John Carpenter's Village Of the Damned

John Carpenter’s Village Of the Damned

John Carpenter’s version of Village of the Dumb Damned is from the director’s awkward ‘90s phase. As the box office returns proved, in 1995 the world was not exactly gagging for a remake of a 1960s UK/US horror film (it grossed...
 
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John Carpenter’s In The Mouth Of Madness
John Carpenter’s In The Mouth Of Madness
John Carpenter’s In The Mouth Of Madness

John Carpenter’s In The Mouth Of Madness

The final part of John Carpenter’s apocalypse trilogy (preceded by The Thing and The Prince of Darkness), In The Mouth Of Madness could well be John Carpenter’s last great film. Now I am partial to a bit of Vampires, and even h...
 

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John Carpenter’s Memoirs Of An Invisible Man
John Carpenter’s Memoirs Of An Invisible Man
John Carpenter’s Memoirs Of An Invisible Man

John Carpenter’s Memoirs Of An Invisible Man

John Carpenter, William Goldman and Chevy Chase.  Three names that are probably the unlikeliest to combine in the making of a film.  Ok, William Goldman has done a few Stephen King adaptations and Carpenter did Christine, but i...
 
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John Carpenter's They Live
John Carpenter's They Live
John Carpenter's They Live

John Carpenter’s They Live

John Carpenter’s They Live There are few cult films – particularly from the 1980s – which you can become instantly enamoured with. They Live from director John Carpenter is one such ditty which really is for the camp, cult film...
 

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John Carpenter's The Prince Of Darkness
John Carpenter's The Prince Of Darkness
John Carpenter's The Prince Of Darkness

John Carpenter’s The Prince Of Darkness

Can science defeat a bucket of green evil and Alice Cooper? Prince of Darkness uses the best of 1987’s technology in an attempt to find out. This second instalment of Carpenter’s ‘Apocalypse trilogy’ (between 1982’s The Thing a...
 
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John Carpenter's Big Trouble In Little China
John Carpenter's Big Trouble In Little China
John Carpenter's Big Trouble In Little China

John Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China

Subjectively (or maybe not), It seems as if getting to this particular review has been a really long time coming. When Filmwerk’s John Carpenter season of retrospectives was announced, this was the film I thought of wanti...
 

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John Carpenter's Starman
John Carpenter's Starman
John Carpenter's Starman

John Carpenter’s Starman

I think most folks would agree that as a director, John Carpenter’s warm, fuzzy, light and breezy side (if he even has one) is not very well represented within his overall filmography to date (even if you include all the non-di...
 
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John Carpenter’s Christine
John Carpenter’s Christine
John Carpenter’s Christine

John Carpenter’s Christine

After the financial disaster of The Thing John Carpenter moved on to adapt Stephen King’s book about a demonic car. This was a return to the teenage horror genre of his previous classic Halloween. Set in 1978, the film focuses ...
 

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John Carpenter's The Thing
John Carpenter's The Thing
John Carpenter's The Thing

John Carpenter’s The Thing

The fact that a poster of a unidentified human being with ominous light shining from a faceless parka can produce such uncontrollable shivers and goosebumps is a testament to John Carpenter’s The Thing. If there’s only one film...
 
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John Carpenter's Escape From New York
John Carpenter's Escape From New York
John Carpenter's Escape From New York

John Carpenter’s Escape From New York

Escape From New York Escape From New York gave birth to one of cinema’s greatest ever anti-heroes: Snake Plissken. Brought to life by the amazing Kurt Russell, Plissken is a former military fugitive and all around badass who ta...
 

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John Carpenter's The Fog
John Carpenter's The Fog
John Carpenter's The Fog

John Carpenter’s The Fog

After the critical and commercial success of John Carpenter and Debra Hill’s Halloween, this much grander and more gothic campfire spook story was released. The story concerns a small coastal town which is haunted by an eerie a...
 
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John Carpenter's Halloween
John Carpenter's Halloween
John Carpenter's Halloween

John Carpenter’s Halloween

  Very few films from my adolescents have stayed with me as my film tastes have matured and changed during the intervening years. The ones that have made it into my top film lists are there for a reason. John Carpenter’s Hallow...
 

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John Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct 13
John Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct 13
John Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct 13

John Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct 13

John Carpenter burst onto the international scene with this 1976 genre classic which has since become a cult favourite the world over. Having received lukewarm reviews in his native USA the film became all the rage at the 21st ...
 
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John Carpenter: Dark Star
John Carpenter: Dark Star
John Carpenter: Dark Star

John Carpenter: Dark Star

So Filmwerk has decided to do the retrospective thing with the great John Carpenter, and in so doing we all get to re-watch some of our favourite Carpenter movies and share with you our musings on them. What we think made them ...