John Carpenter hasn't made a movie since 2011, and it's obvious he's done. He had quite the run from 1978 to 1988, though. Despite my somewhat less enthusiastic reactions to some of the work here, there's no denying the cultural impact he had with films like Halloween, The Thing, and They Live. His reputation is… Continue reading John Carpenter: The Definitive Ranking
#21 in my ranking of John Carpenter's films. Vampires felt like a misstep. Ghosts of Mars feels like John Carpenter had lost all sense of what made him appealing as a filmmaker. A combination of Assault on Precinct 13 and The Fog (In SPACE!!!), Ghosts of Mars is pretty much a complete disaster. Carpenter gave… Continue reading Ghosts of Mars
#20 in my ranking of John Carpenter's films. Well, this is disappointing. I was ready to declare the 90s Carpenter's field of hidden gems, but his 1998 feature kind of ruins that. Vampires is the result of a last second script rewrite originating from a sudden and massive cut in budget right before filming and… Continue reading Vampires
#2 in my ranking of John Carpenter's films. I'm going to get so much shit for this. I mean all the shit. 100% of the shit. Oh, well. Here goes. I love this movie. I unabashedly, unironically, and unashamedly love this movie. I think this is one of John Carpenter's best films, and I think… Continue reading Escape from L.A.
#22 in my ranking of John Carpenter's films. Ugh...just...it's hard to believe that John Carpenter, who took the duties of remaking Howard Hawks' The Thing from Another World and executed so well could remake another 50s science fiction film and fall on his face so thoroughly. Carpenter has gone on to say that he took… Continue reading Village of the Damned