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 […]

Filmmaking

Update For March

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I haven’t posted in awhile but things have gotten a little hectic. There was work that needed attention plus some family issues not to mention some car problems and even an ear infection. Before you know it several weeks have passed. Where are things now? I am getting myself mentally prepared for the new script which I will start writing any day now. It’s hard for some people to understand but I compare it to an actor getting ready for a role. I need to really feel the story I’m creating so I sit with it for awhile until I can access it at a moments notice. I find music to listen to while I write. This is important for me. I look for music that creates the mood I’m needing. When I put that music on I am immediately transplanted right into the world I have created and can […]

Geek

Goblin Performs The Suspiria Score Live

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Here is something that I never thought would happen. Within 6 months I have seen the Italian group Goblin not once but twice. The first was last October when they toured and did some of their songs and mainly the music they did for a lot of Dario Argento’s films including Deep Red (Profondo Rosso), Tenebre, Phenomena, and Suspiria, plus some of the music to Dawn Of The Dead which Argento had produced. It was an amazing show. This second time I got to see them (or a version of them but still with composer Claudio Simonetti) doing the entire score to Suspiria live. Originally I thought they were performing all of the main music to the film. I was wrong. They showed the entire movie and did the entire score! It was unbelievable! They’re doing a tour where they are doing both Suspiria and Dawn Of The Dead (I […]

Friends

Music Box Massacre 7

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Every October I go to the Music Box Massacre. A 24 hour movie marathon of horror films. There is always a guest or two in attendance but it’s a celebration of movies on the big screen. All original prints and a theatre filled with almost 750 people. I always have a great time and this year was no different. I get to hang out with friends and see all kinds of movies. Some for the first time while others just the first time on the big screen. This year’s guest was none other than the “Godfather Of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis. The filmmaker behind ‘Blood Feast‘, ‘Two Thousand Maniacs‘, and the film they showed this year ‘The Wizard Of Gore‘. Highlights for me at this year’s event was seeing the original ‘Halloween‘ for the first time on the big screen screen. Plus seeing ‘Poltergeist‘, Lucio Fulci’s ‘Gates Of Hell‘ (aka […]

Geek

30 Day Horror Movie Challenge – 16

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Day Sixteen – What is a horror movie with a great soundtrack? HALLOWEEN (1978) d: John Carpenter I debated a little over which way to go with this one. Do I go more with a song based soundtrack or a score. But I decided to go with one of my favorite horror film scores ever and one that is so undeniable in its effectiveness that I couldn’t go anywhere else. My pick is without a doubt John Carpenter’s amazing score to ‘Halloween’. The story of the score is sort of infamous but John Carpenter had shot and edited ‘Halloween’ and while trying to get more directing gigs he showed the film, before it had music or sound effects, to a representative from one of the studios. He noticed she wasn’t scared or anything. Unsure what to do he felt compelled to save the film with the music. With a musical […]

Films

I Am Talkin’ To You

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For the third time in a year I had the awesome pleasure of seeing one of my all time favorite films on the big screen, Martin Scorsese’s ‘Taxi Driver’. I have seen the film many times but for its 20th anniversary I got the chance to see it on the big screen for the first time. That was also the first time I ever went to The Music Box Theatre which is my favorite theatre. That was back in 1996. In 2010 the Gene Siskel Theatre had a special showing of it. This showing happen to be on August 17, my birthday. What better way to spend my birthday? It was an old print full of scratches and tears and it was faded but it was amazing. I hadn’t seen the film in a few years and it was almost like watching it again. Completely exhilarating. Reminding me why this […]