Archive for category: John Carpenter

Why John Carpenter Is the Most Underrated Filmmaker Of Our Time

23 October, 2013 (05:45) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Essays, Film Reviews, Horror, John Carpenter | By: Sean Axmaker

About a decade ago while I was attending the Vancouver International Film Festival, I ended the screening day over beers with a small group of critics. By the end of the evening, we came around to proclaiming John Carpenter the most underrated American filmmaker of our time. Here’s a filmmaker who has made only one […]

Blu-ray: John Carpenter’s ‘Prince of Darkness’ and ‘Halloween’

30 September, 2013 (18:59) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Horror, John Carpenter | By: Sean Axmaker

Two from John Carpenter arrive this week in newly remastered editions. Prince of Darkness: Collector’s Edition (Shout Factory) gives the Blu-ray debut and deluxe treatment to what is perhaps the most underrated film in John Carpenter’s filmography. “While order does exist in the universe, it is not what we had in mind,” explains a professor […]

Blu-ray / DVD: ‘The Fog’

30 July, 2013 (16:12) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, John Carpenter | By: Sean Axmaker

The Fog (Shout Factory), John Carpenter’s follow-up to his breakthrough hit Halloween, isn’t among the director’s best films, but it is one of his most gorgeous. Carpenter and his producer / co-writer Debra Hill wanted to make an old-fashioned ghost story, something spooky and eerie, rather than another slasher movie (not that “Halloween” is just […]

Blu-ray: ‘They Live’

20 November, 2012 (12:28) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, John Carpenter, Science Fiction | By: Sean Axmaker

A year after Oliver Stone elevated the phrase “Greed is good” to a satirical double-edged mantra in “Wall Street,” John Carpenter put it more bluntly in a scruffy little genre movie with a subversive subtext. “Why do we worship greed?” asks They Live in the opening scenes, as images of homeless people fill depressed urban […]

Blu-ray Election Day Special: ‘They Live’ all over again!

6 November, 2012 (17:28) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, John Carpenter, Science Fiction | By: Sean Axmaker

You can argue that They Live: Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory) would have been a perfect Halloween week release. And you’d be right, of course. John Carpenter’s skewed invasion movie is witty and weird and has the most extreme knock-down, drag-out fistfight ever. But I have to say, it’s weirdly even more perfect as an election-day […]

Summer of ’86: Big Trouble in Little China

12 July, 2011 (09:04) | by Robert C. Cumbow, Film Reviews, John Carpenter | By: Robert C. Cumbow

John Carpenter famously commented, “In France, I’m an auteur; in Germany, a filmmaker; in Britain, a genre director; and in the USA, a bum.” Or as another J.C. put it, a prophet is never without honor, save in his own country. Carpenter may have understated his following: He has under his belt one undisputed masterpiece, […]

Review: Eyes of Laura Mars

18 August, 2010 (07:52) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews, John Carpenter | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 58-59, August 1978] Give Jon Peters full credit, he’s honest with his audience. At the beginning of A Star Is Born a voice called out advising “all you assholes out there” that the show wasn’t about to get under way until everyone quieted down, and Jon’n’Barbra proceeded to treat their […]

Review: Halloween

30 October, 2009 (10:46) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews, Horror, John Carpenter | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 60-61, February 1979] A thing that bugs me about the vast majority of contemporary films is, they rarely give the feeling anyone cared much about framing them. The movement away from studio (i.e., factory) filmmaking has had a lot to do with this. Advancements in film speed, equipment mobility, and […]