john carpenter

It goes without saying that John Carpenter, the composer, writer, and director of some of the most well-known and well-received films in the horror and science-fiction genres, is a horror icon. There is dispute, however, on which films people would consider to be included in his classic or iconic canon. Though “Halloween” and “The Thing” are readily mentioned, with occasional nods to “They Live” and “The Fog” included by real fans, often the rest of his body of work is overlooked or discounted.

HI! My name is Jake. Since all I really do is sit in the dark and watch movies, I've been trusted to do some home media reviews for the site. There are tons of cult/horror blu-rays coming out every month but we, the fans, can only take home so many.. Shelf Space was created to help be your guiding light when making those tough decisions. It's an honor to be let aboard the Bloody Good Horror pimp ship as it continues its journey to internet greatness.

Roland Emmerich, who directed "The Day After Tomorrow", "2012" and "Independence Day", has bought the rights to "Emergence", a new heart warming coming of age story about a young boy's struggle to reconnect with his father. I'm kidding, it's an alien invasion flick that I'm sure will have all kind of crap blowing up and whatnot. Good old Roland doesn't care about kids! He doesn't care about love. He cares about people getting their faces blow up by giant ships and crap. I don't know where I'm going with this.

Well good for them! "The Purge", which was released this past weekend went ahead and earned back its budget this past Thursday night thanks to late night and midnight showings. The film was made for about $3 million and pulled in close to $3.4 million Thursday night, eventually bringing in over $36 million over the weekend. I can't do the math on what kind of profit that is but I'm pretty sure it's a lot.

No real surprise here folks, "Halloween" will get a special 35th Anniversary release later this year from the good folks at Anchor Bay. What is a surprise though is that director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis will reunite for a new commentary track to be included with the release. A special special edition will also be made available with signed yogurt that helps ladies go BM regularly. I made that last part up.

Christina Ricci has been hand selected by the folks at Lifetime to play Lizzie Borden in an upcoming made for TV movie about the famous ax wielding daughter. I assume this means Ricci is only a couple years away from battling giant snakes with fish heads or something on Syfy so that really should be the news here. I'm pretty excited.

Kim Gottlieb-Walker has worked with many titans of film like John Carpenter, Steven Spielberg, and Clint Eastwood. Shooting not only for film and television, she is responsible for many of the iconic photos of Bob Marley that we have today. She also honorably represents the Cinematographer’s Guild on their National Executive Board. Kim was gracious enough to let me interview her about her decades of experience.

You've worked on several of John Carpenter's films. Can you tell us what that experience was like from film to film working with the same director?

Event number two for John Carpenter this month! If you haven't yet, check out my last post about the anniversary screening for John Carpenter's "The Thing". He did a round of Q&A then too and surprisingly the questions asked this time were all different than from before.

Where do I start in explaining how amazing this night was? The chance to watch “The Thing” on 35 millimeter film, in a packed theater, with John Carpenter in attendance to do some Q&A? I’m in.

Years ago I saw John Carpenter's "Halloween" on the big screen, sort of... I showed up to the screening incredibly excited, but was quickly disillusioned when I realized what I was watching was a DVD of the film projected on the big screen. The end product of this was a muddy, dark picture with terrible sound. Needless to say, I'm eager to wipe that experience from my memory.

Kick me in the balls I'm excited about this one. John Carpenter's classic film "Halloween" will once again be thrust into theaters on October 25th. Just to make things even better the super fun documentary "You Can't Kill The Bogeyman: 35 Years Of Halloween" will be shown right after the movie. Just so we're clear I don't really want anyone to kick me in the balls. It's just a saying. Not one people use really, but it's still a saying.

Remember "Manimal"? If you don't all you need to know is that it was a 80's TV series about a guy who can change into different animals. Sounds intense right? Well it looks like the show's creator, Glen A. Larson, has officially signed on to produce the upcoming big screen relaunch of the show in film form. That sentence was confusing wasn't it. No word on release date or casting for this yet but Sony plans to make this a live action/CG romp. There better be a live panther that's all I'm saying.

If there's one I think I love it's a good old fashioned creepy van. Who doesn't, honestly? Well this coming Holiday season a new film titled "Creep Van" will make all my dreams come true. Being called a cross between "Christine" and "Saw" the film revolves around a killer who uses a van equipped with it's very own torture chamber to pick people off. I assume the relationship to "Christine" is based solely on the fact that it's an automobile but I'll go with it. I'm no one to judge.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, my favorite of all the Seymour Hoffman's, is lining up a new ghost story for his next directing project. Titled "Ezekiel Moss", the film focuses on widow and her son who come in contact with a man who may be able to contact the dead. No word on casting yet but I have always thought I would make a terrific Ezekiel. I have the thighs for it.

Want the ultimate Halloween costume? The fine people over at HalloweenCostumes.com are offering up one of these babies to a lucky Bloody Good Horror reader. What you see here is a hand-made, screen accurate replica of the mask worn by Dick Warlock in 1981's "Halloween 2".

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Opening this weekend is the bizarrely titled but conceptually interesting "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter". His notoriety instantaneously makes the 16th President of the United States the most famous vampire slayer amongst his peers. Though it remains to be seen whether or not the film itself can live up to some of the other impressive slayers, killers and purifiers in the realm of cinema vampire lore. So in case Mr. Lincoln doesn't satisfy your bloodlust, here are 9 Essential Vampire Hunter Films.


9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer