Tag: John Carpenter

Jeff Bridges in Starman

John Carpenter’s Starman: not as good as ALF

Some claim Starman as the misunderstood gem in John Carpenter’s back catalogue. There really should be too much good there for it to be bad: an alien road-trip romance featuring a comic Jeff Bridges performance, a Karen Allen lead, Mike Douglas producing and a Stand By Me screenwriter? It’s also the only Carpenter picture to…




Halloween

John Carpenter’s Halloween: I still don’t get it

Halloween is the Carpenter movie I never got. I always suspected I was missing something. Close friends set their horror watches by it. But it always bored me. Unlike the same year’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, this was not a film that spooked me. I tried it on a number of occasions in my…




5 things about “In The Mouth of Madness”

In the Mouth of Madness is a gateway to Sam Neil, and for that the film instantly wins praise. Many, of course, discovered the Kiwi kook through his leading turn in Jurassic Park, others perhaps even earlier via Dead Calm. But, for some of us, it was the one-two of this shlock horror caper, followed…




Christine

Christine: 5 good and bad things about John Carpenter

Christine is, well…not too good, but there are moments that prevent it from uglying up the Carpenter forecourt too badly. This model had a lot to live up to, following a trio of outright classics (The Fog, Escape from New York and The Thing) and certainly might be cited as the beginning of the end for…




Snake Pliskin and matches

Escape from LA: 5 easy upgrades

Yes, there is a lot of silly fun on display in the 96 Snake-fest, Al Leong is still merrily energising the background, and it features a late Carpenter soundtrack with at least one or two nice moments – but there’s an equally powerful sense of wasted opportunity here. Great actors are sidelined while a charisma-lite…




John Carpenter’s Vampires: 5 easy upgrades

John Carpenter’s Vampires is a mess, but like other films in his later work, there’s a frustrating sense that things could have been better, with just a little rejigging. Not great, but a considerable improvement. A few zero-cost measures might have left a pleasant B-Movie flavour, as opposed to the aftertaste of failure. There are…




They Live (1988)

Google John Carpenter’s They Live and worrying indications of a remake surface. You can understand why someone might think about it. The ’10s’ (or whatever) have passed much like a replayed 1980s – a time of rampant, exploitative capitalism; of oblivious, ostentatious greed; of ‘masters of the universe’ lording it over a docile, hypnotised mass….