Filmmaking

John Carpenter Live – A Dream Come True

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Last night I went to see John Carpenter perform live. He is currently touring performing themes from several of his films plus tracks from his two non-soundtrack albums Lost Themes and Lost Themes II. To say the night was amazing is an understatement. It was one of my favorite evenings ever. John Carpenter is an idol of mine. When I was a kid I saw The Fog and was both scared and fascinated by it. I watched it over and over. As I’ve written before I was a huge film fan from a very young age and took great interest in directors which led to me being one. So when I saw a film that struck me, even when I was in single digit age numbers, I wanted to know what else they had done. This led to me seeing Escape From New York, which is one of my top […]

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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Twenty-Five And Happy Halloween

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Happy Halloween everyone!! I hope everyone has a great and fun one whether you’re going out or staying in watching movies. So many options. Though I do have one I always watch. Hence, the last post for the Halloween Horror Movie Challenge. Day Twenty-Five – What is a horror movie you watch every Halloween? HALLOWEEN (1978) d: John Carpenter This one may be on the nose and even obvious but it is my yearly tradition. Every Halloween for the last 14 years (sporadic before that but almost for even ten years prior to that) I watch John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN. I always end the night with it. So I start watching it between 11pm and midnight so it rings out the holiday for me. For the record there was one year in the last 14 that I didn’t watch it but only because I got to see it on the big […]

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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Twenty-Three

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Day Twenty-Three – Who is your favorite horror movie director? JOHN CARPENTER Everyone knows of my idolization of both George A. Romero and John Carpenter. Picking one is hard. I decided on Carpenter for this post because for the sake of Halloween he has the more diverse horror resume. Much like Romero, I grew up on Carpenter’s films and has had a lot of his style creep into my own. His influence on me is very apparent. I’ve always responded to his slower style and I don’t mean that in a bad way. He was influenced a lot from westerns (a big Howard Hawkes and John Ford fan) where you go fast when needed. I’ve always loved that. It makes each frame all the more important. He was also very involved in so many aspects of his films including writing, producing, editing, and most notably the music. He has done […]

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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Eleven

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Day Eleven – What horror movie has your favorite make up effects? THE THING (1982) d: John Carpenter I absolutely love John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’. It’s also one of my favorite remakes (which I decided to go with a different title for that upcoming post since this one was perfect for this one) and one of my favorite horror films of the 1980’s.¬† The film is incredible on so many levels. Its look, feel, atmosphere, acting, Ennio Morricone’s score. One key factor is Rob Bottin’s mind boggling amazing special make up effects. One that in my opinion are about the best cinema has ever offered. The alien creature that absorbs living beings and turns into them. Then when threatened can split off into its own form with whatever pieces of the remaining body remain. Fused heads, stretched hands, bodies mashed together, a spider head (not to be confused with the […]

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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Six

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And now today’s Halloween Horror Movie Challenge question is: Day Six – What is the first horror film you saw on video? THE FOG (1980) d: John Carpenter We bought our first VHS player the day ‘The Fog’ premiered on ABC (!) so I recorded it off of TV and I ended up watching it a ton. As I mentioned in an earlier post I was already in love with horror (thanks to seeing ‘Halloween II’, ‘An American Werewolf In London’, and ‘Creepshow’) but now I had one I could watch over and over. It was new at the time and exciting. And to have a film as great as John Carpenter’s ‘The Fog’ which is so filled with mood and atmosphere made it all the more special for the budding young filmmaker and horror buff. Revisiting the film over the years it hasn’t lost anything. Granted part of that […]