Tag Archives: John Carpenter

Gramps: The Thing Absorbs More Bad Than Good

Despite the critical reception, it’s not all bad when it comes to 2011’s The Thing; yet, it so happens to be one of the most heartbreaking disappointments of the year. Am I a walkin’, talkin’ contradiction? Perhaps. However, it’s for all the technical and narrative elements that The Thing does right that my heart breaks and not for its shortcomings.

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Gramps: Carpenter is The Prince of Darkness

John Carpenter. Jesus Christ. John Carpenter. Jesus Christ. J.C./J.C.? The initials are not a coincidence in the cinematic world of the macabre and stories of le diaboliques! Carpenter is a Man Amongst Men in independent, brilliantly told cinema. With Prince being his first “indie” after going full studio treatment for Escape from New York, it’s like he’d been saving all his good ideas that he couldn’t use with the studios and unleashed them, figuratively and literally, in this film. Continue reading

Unfortunately, ‘They Live:’ Matt Reeves and Universal Studios

This news doesn’t quite get me as fueled up as recent talks of remaking The Wild Bunch, but, for the love of Moses, it’s close. John Carpenter is sacred (as is Peckinpah); that’s simply the law of the land folks. The thought of updating his once mocked, semi-straight to VHS B-movie, Sci-Fi romp is (like this sentence) a complete right-off. Continue reading