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    The Essentials: 7 Great John Carpenter Movies

    This week, "The Fog," filmmaker John Carpenter's 1980 chiller about a fog that rolls into a sleepy seaside community carrying with it ghostly visitors, will be re-released on Blu-ray and DVD by Shout Factory, complete with a host of all new special features (including a wonderful, retrospective conv...

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    Watch: Test Footage From John Carpenter's 'Halloween' Using Steadicam Competitor Panaglide

    Though many know of the great impact that the Steadicam had on the filmmaking world at large, few are aware of its competitor, the Panaglide. Though many use the two names interchangeably now, both were two different systems that were part of a nasty battle but what’s important now are the images th...

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    Watch: 1-Hour 2004 Documentary 'John Carpenter: Fear Is Just The Beginning...The Man And His Movies'

    There is no doubt that John Carpenter is already one of the titans of genre filmmaking, and one whose influence is still being felt today, even if his most recent efforts haven't quite matched his career highs. But really, getting into the same ballpark of movies like "Dark Star," "Halloween," "Assa...

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    Exclusive: Jeff Nichols Talks John Carpenter-Esque 'Midnight Special,' Wants To Make 'Tremors'-Style Film & More

    Yesterday we sat down with Jeff Nichols, the talented indie filmmaker behind "Shotgun Stories," "Take Shelter," and this week's "Mud" which stars Matthew McConaughey in another great post-career resurgence performance (more from our interview later this week). While we had him, we couldn't help but ...

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    'Mud' & 'Take Shelter' Director Jeff Nichols Writing John Carpenter-Esque Project ‘Midnight Special'

    After making three distinct, small-scale films focusing on unique individuals caught in stories that could also be fables or fairy tales -- "Shotgun Stories," "Take Shelter," the upcoming "Mud" -- Jeff Nichols seems to want to shift gears a bit. He was on Fox's shor...

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    5 Things You Might Not Know About John Carpenter's 'The Thing'

    June 25, 1982, was a good day for genre fans. Hell, that summer saw a spate of genre classics released, including "The Road Warrior," "Poltergeist," and "E.T." But June 25th in particular saw not only the release, as we discussed earlier today, of "Blade Runner," but also another legendary sci-fi pi...

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    John Carpenter Wants Amy Adams To Star In His "Gothic Western" (In His Dreams)

    It's been well documented how much John Carpenter loves and is influenced by classic westerns – his breakthrough feature "Assault on Precinct 13" was an updated, urbanized version of Howard Hawks' "Rio Bravo;" his iconic Snake Plissken character is modeled after the western heroes John Wayne embodied; and his films often share a kind of compositional identity with early westerns with an emphasis on the kind of luxurious widescreen framing that Sergio Leone and John Ford employed. But he's never actually made an honest-to-god western himself, although 1998's mostly forgettable "Vampires," with James Woods playing a grizzled vampire hunter, pro...

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    Review: John Carpenter Retires, Forgets That He Had To Direct 'The Ward'

    An open field. A girl. A fire. A mystery. Ignoring a brief and ultimately irrelevant prologue, the beginning of “The Ward” immediately pulls us into the story of a classic horror convention, the Survivor Girl. Except, tantalizingly, we don’t know what she’s survived and, given a few orchestral cues,...

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    Book Review: 'Shock Value' Is The Must-Read Film Book Of The Summer

    Much has been written about the film revolution that took place during the 1970’s – when the studio system crumbled in inconceivable ways and a brood of bold young filmmakers, most of them wily, many of them bearded, forever changed the landscape of the film industry. But far less has been written about the seismic shift in genre films during the same period. Thankfully, Jason Zinoman, a crack film writer for the New York Times (he did last weekend’s great John Carpenter profile), has come forward to present a compelling and well researched look at those films in “Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollyw...

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    VERTIGOED: THEY LIVE

    THEY LIVE MEETS VERTIGO from Chris Mastellone on Vimeo.

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