Director: John Carpenter

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Film:Vampires (1998)

Vampires

John Carpenter

Talk about an opening. The first few minutes of John Carpenter’s Vampires—in which James Woods’s vampire killer leads a dawn raid on a New Mexico “goon nest” of bloodsuckers—not only suggests a horror movie that will not pull any punches, it even evokes some of the more disturbing dream-memories of American Westerns. Muscular and uncompromised, the sequence suggests a new Carpenter classic unraveling before one’s eyes. Well, dream on. Things don’t quite work out that way, but this is still a film to reckon with. There are a few serious (and surprising)…

Film:Escape From L.A.

Escape From L.A.

John Carpenter

Kurt Russell reprises his role as Snake Plissken, of the near-future thriller Escape from New York, in this reworking of that film’s basic premise. Instead of New York being a maximum-security prison, this time it’s L.A., which through the agency of earthquakes has become an island of the damned. This penal colony is where the film’s future rulers, something very like the Moral Majority, send those deemed guilty of “moral crimes.” But something has gone wrong in this new moral order, because the President’s daughter has absconded to L.A. with a detonation…

Film:In the Mouth of Madness

In the Mouth of Madness

John Carpenter

The mind-bending worlds of author H.P. Lovecraft have long interested horror directors, but the films have rarely successfully captured his nightmarish mix of madness and mythology. John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness is not directly based on Lovecraft’s work, but screenwriter Michael De Luca draws his inspiration from Lovecraft’s Cthulu mythology and then adds his own ingenious twists. John Trent (Sam Neill), an insurance investigator recently fitted for a straightjacket, tells his story to a psychiatrist. Hired to track down the missing pop-horror…

Film:Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)

Memoirs of an Invisible Man

John Carpenter

Chevy Chase and Darryl Hannah star in and John (Halloween) Carpenter directs a lighthearted adventure: a Wall Street analyst becomes invisible after a lab accident, leading to complications both comic and romantic. Year: 1992 Director: John Carpenter Starring: Chevy Chase, Daryl Hannah, Sam Neill

Film:They Live

They Live

John Carpenter

An economic crisis brings unemployed Nada (Roddy Piper) to L.A. in search of work. What he finds instead is that the ruling elite of the world are aliens in disguise, their aim being to keep humans in a state of mindless consumerism. His discovery comes when he dons a pair of special sunglasses made by a resistance group and sees for the first time reality unadorned. Billboards, store signs, magazine covers—all bear subliminal messages to OBEY, to CONSUME, to have NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT. Money itself says THIS IS YOUR GOD. But worst of all, with these glasses you…

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