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10 Favorite John Carpenter Movies

Tis’ the season, the Halloween season, and Grizzly Bomb is counting down its favorite films from a modern master of horror.

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In Search Of Darkness Trailer: Epic Horror Doc Explores The Great 80s

In Search of Darkness is set to be released this summer and this new documentary stretches the gamut of iconic stars from some of our favorite ’80s horror films. Previous trailers had teased what the doc was going to focus on by showing dozens of clips from some of the most beloved and terrifying horror movies from the 1980s.

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Scream Factory Celebrates Anniversary With Deluxe Release Of The Thing

Man Is The Warmest Place To Hide

It is with this tag-line, and a truly inspired piece of poster art that John Carpenter introduced the alien horror epic that is The Thing  back in 1982. Much like Labyrinth, this film failed to find its core audience during that initial theatrical run. Probably didn’t help it opened against Blade Runner, splitting the Sci-Fi crowd, and the fact that E.T. owned the box office for most of the year, winning the box office 16 of the first 26 weekends following its release. Still, The Thing has a strong cult following, and holds up well today with some amazing performances and stunning practical effects.

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John Carpenter Creating Four New TV Shows

News has come via Killer POV Podcast that genre supreme grandmaster John Carpenter is currently developing four new series for television. Working with his long-term production partner (and wife) Sandy King Carpenter, the two have put together four new projects consisting of at least one horror, one sci-fi, and a “sci-fi/horror futuristic kind of thing.”

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Video Details The Visual Symmetry In Escape From New York And Escape From L.A.

There was an accident. About an hour ago, a small jet went down inside New York City. The President was on board.

Pablo Fernández Eyre has created a side-by-side comparison of visual similarities in John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and its later sequel, Escape From L.A.

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Countdown to Halloween: Michael Myers and the Messy Timeline Split

In 1978 John Carpenter and Debra Hill gave us one of the greatest indie movies of all time in Halloween. It has become a true classic, the theme music iconically representing the season, and the blank stare of the mask now synonymous with evil.

The story goes that on Halloween night, when he was only six, little Michael Myers killed his sister Judith with a butcher knife. He then spent the next 15 years institutionalized, and his parents died in a car crash, leaving behind his baby sister named Cynthia. At the age of 21, Michael escapes the hospital and returns home to murder the last remaining member of his family. The guy is thorough.

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Countdown to Halloween #1: Michael Myers

And finally we’re down to the very last in our countdown, the biggest, the best, the #1. Of course, I’m talking about Michael Myers. His name is literally tied to Halloween, and will be for all future generations to come. When it’s Halloween and you’re at a party with a bunch of friends, what movie are you gonna put on first? Hallo-frikkin-ween. What is it that exactly makes him #1? Well first and foremost, he’s one of the most innovative characters of his time, in THE iconic Halloween movie.

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#22 – Countdown to Halloween: HALLOWEEN (2007)

The Countdown blazes on! We’ve seen some great movies and some bad movies in preparation for the upcoming celebration of All Hallow’s Eve. Some Horror films can be tied to other holidays of course. Christmas, Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day all have their share of movies. But when it comes to Halloween, one movie stands out above the rest.

A movie that helped guide all horror to come. It spawned a number of sequels, a reboot and a remake, which itself spawned a sequel.  You’d think that would narrow it down a little, right? Not in this day and age of reboot madness. That’s a topic for another day. Today we are going to take a look at Rob Zombie’s Halloween.

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#28 – Countdown to Halloween: THE THING (1982)

“We’re a thousand miles from nowhere, man. And it’s gonna get a hell of a lot worse before it gets any better.” – Windows

John Carpenter’s The Thing wasn’t well-received when it was released in 1982, which apparently hit Carpenter pretty hard. It’s a shame because had he had the foresight to understand the turnaround the film would experience, he’d never have worried; The Thing is now one of the most celebrated horror movies of all time and rightfully so. Combining some of the best elements of horror and suspense, it’s one of the few movies I’ve seen that can deliver real chills, and scare consistently through repeated viewings.

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