I’m a hipster. Not even going to bother denying it. Despite never owning a record player before in my life, I was almost immediately swept up in the current vinyl craze and began my own collection of movie soundtracks to very carefully mount on my apartment walls. And then when a friend of mine introduced me to the complexity of the German-influenced tabletop games, I drank that Kool-aid too, attending a weekly board game night in New York City and exposing myself to the breadth of the industry. Until now, the only reason I haven’t gotten broke is because I treated it as an either-or scenario. Money spent on movie paraphernalia was money I couldn’t spend on a fun new board game, and vice-versa.
No, this is not a drill. Paramount shelving the new Friday the 13th so soon before production was supposed to begin came as a somewhat sudden disappointment, but, to paraphrase Julie Andrews, when Hollywood closes a door, somewhere they open a window. As it turns out, that window is a Halloween reboot, which already has a director, a screenwriter, a studio, a release date, and, quite possibly, a score from the horror master himself, John Carpenter.
A remake of Escape From New York has been in development for years, but when Fox hired Luther creator Neil Cross to write the screenplay last fall, it seemed like the project was finally picking up some legitimate steam. It’s been over a year since we last heard anything about the remake of John Carpenter’s cult classic, but a new report has revealed several key plot details from the film — which doesn’t sound like much of a remake at all.
Whatever holiday you celebrate in December, it comes with a lot of pressure. If you get that special someone the wrong gift, watch out. Things can get pretty ugly. That’s particularly true for pop-culture fans. They know what they want, and they probably have most of it already. Perhaps you know someone like this. Perhaps you are someone like this. (Perhaps I am someone like this.)
ScreenCrush’s latest series, Greatest of All Time, aka The GOATs, celebrates the best of the best when it comes to the movies. This week we’re ranking the best horror movie theme songs in honor of Halloween.
John Carpenter’s The Thing is a grotesque, timeless horror film that’s been beloved by fans ever since its premiere in 1982. We’ve watched it and re-watched it over and over again, cozied up in our homes with the lights off (well, maybe one left on, just in case), but according to cinematographer Dean Cundey, it appears there’s one hugely important detail that a lot of people have missed.
Back in 2012, Luc Besson co-wrote and produced the sci-fi action flick Lockout — better known to some as Space Jail, a title affectionately bestowed upon the film by the people of the internet. If you saw the film — or even just the trailer — then you probably noticed some very obvious similarities between Lockout and Escape From New York, John Carpenter’s classic film that basically has the same plot. You weren’t the only one.
Two of Kurt Russell’s most iconic movie characters are about to crossover, but it won’t be on the big screen. A new comic book will introduce Jack Burton from Big Trouble in Little China to Snake Plissken from Escape From New York for a six-issue crossover event that finds both of Russell’s classic action heroes teaming up for a wild adventure. And the best part? John Carpenter — who directed Russell in both films — has given his official approval.
Robert Kirkman began The Walking Dead under curiosity of life in the zombie apocalypse after most movies roll credits, but horror icon John Carpenter isn’t impressed with the creator cribbing from George Romero. The Thing and Halloween director believes The Walking Dead has been “milking” its zombie forefathers, and isn’t worth our time
It was just last night that Blumhouse announced plans to make a new Halloween movie with original director John Carpenter serving as executive producer — which is great news, considering Carpenter’s lack of involvement in the franchise’s later years. The studio didn’t say whether the new film will be a sequel or a reboot, but they did say they were going for a more established director, and a new report suggests Blumhouse may have already found one.