John Carpenter Joins Robert Rodriguez At ‘THE DIRECTORS CHAIR’

If you haven’t yet searched out Robert Rodriguez’s EL REY channel, now might be the time to do it. The channel announced today that on May 10th it’s going to kick off the channels latest series ‘THE DIRECTORS CHAIR’ and the first to take a seat will be none other than one John Carpenter. In the hour long broadcast Rodriguez and Carpenter will chat up all things film and horror. On that same day El … Continue reading

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Film Review: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown. REVIEW: “This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I’m talkin’ to whoever’s listenin’ out there.” Sandwiched between the sweet science fiction of Starman and the dark, quantum horror of Prince of Darkness, Carpenter’s 1986 film presents a happy medium blending more genres than most filmmakers cover in their entire careers. Poorly received by critics at the time of its … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Thing (1982) Review 2

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SYNOPSIS: Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. REVIEW: “Now I’ll show you what I already know.” John Carpenter’s most indispensable film, The Thing, is based on John W. Campbell Jr.’s Who Goes There?, a novella dealing with paranoia and the fear of assimilation by an alien life form. Carpenter, a fan of the first cinematic incarnation of the story, The Thing … Continue reading

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Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast – Eps 65

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Join us this week as we follow Donald Pleasence and Victor Wong on a metaphysical journey that will question our beliefs, our perception of reality and what is…evil. We are covering John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness on episode 65 of the Monster Movie Podcast. Throughout 2014, Raleigh, North Carolina horror host Ormon Grimsby is bringing a classic film from the Eighties straight the Doc Rotten’s door. This month, Ormon and Doc are revisiting the second … Continue reading

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Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast – Eps 63

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Halloween III: Season of the Witch recapped and reviewed on the Monster Movie Podcast by host Doc Rotten and special guest host Ormon Grimsby. The Monster Movie Podcast begins its year long look at horror films and monster movies from the 1980’s with one of the most controversial films of that decade, Halloween III Season of the Witch. This is the third film in a franchise about Michael Myers without actually including the unstoppable killer … Continue reading

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Celebrate Halloween By Watching John Carpenter’s First Take Of The Opening For HALLOWEEN

Remember back in the summer when some of that awesome “never before seen” footage from John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN popped up online? Well, that dude that gave us that, Billy Kirkus, has given us all a nice little Halloween night surprise. How would you like to see John Carpenter’s first pass at the now infamous opening scene for his 1978 classic? We’ve got you covered. Kirkus posted this with the video:

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MONDO Celebrates Halloween With Some HALLOWEEN

When you see the word MONDO you know we’re in for something cool and tonight’s news doesn’t disappoint, especially if you’re a fan of John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN. They’ve got a couple new posters, giving them the trademark MONDO twist that are going to be offer up sometime tomorrow. Pop a peek at these:

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Film Review: Halloween (1978)

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SYNOPSIS: The first flick in the trilogy from director John Carpenter, Halloween almost single-handedly invented the 1980s slasher genre. Escaped lunatic Michael Myers (no, not the Austin Powers actor) goes on a murderous baby-sitter-slaying rampage on Halloween. Only baby sitter Jamie Lee Curtis (the quintessential scream queen) and psychiatrist Donald Pleasence can stop him. REVIEW:

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A Double Shot Of CARPENTER Coolness Hitting From SCREAM FACTORY

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SCREAM FACTORY just sent over the press release for the upcoming release of two John Carpenter flicks. BODY BAGS and ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 are both primed and ready to hit home so here are all the details straight from the press release: A Horror Trilogy from the Master of Terror JOHN CARPENTER PRESENTS BODY BAGS COLLECTOR’S EDITION BLU-RAY™+ DVD COMBO PACK UNZIPS ON HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHELVES NOVEMBER 12, 2013 & John Carpenter’s Acclaimed Thriller … Continue reading

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Film Review: Starman (1984)

SYNOPSIS: “Having accepted an invitation to visit Earth (sent in the one of the Voyager space probes in the 1970s) an alien receives a rude reception when his ship is fired upon and disabled. He has only three days to get to the giant crater near Winslow, Arizona where he will be rescued or else he will die. Taking human form, he seeks the assistance of the recently widowed Jenny Hayden. Initially terrified, she comes … Continue reading

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New Artwork For The SCREAM FACTORY Release of BODY BAGS

An often overlooked little anthology flick JOHN CARPENTER Presents BODY BAGS is one of the projects that always brings a smile to my face and I’m pleased to see that SCREAM FACTORY will be giving it some Blu-ray love later this year. All that is known at this point is that it will be heading our way in November but we do have your first look at the new artwork that will grace the front … Continue reading

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Final Bonus Features For PRINCE OF DARKNESS

SCREAM FACTORY just sent out word on what we can look forward to on their Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of John Carpenter’s PRINCE OF DARKNESS and as we’ve come to expect, they are awesome. Here’s the press release that unveils all: Get ready for the ultimate presentation of the heart-pounding supernatural thriller by heralded master of horror director John Carpenter (Halloween, The Fog, They Live) as the long-awaited PRINCE OF DARKNESS Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ and DVD … Continue reading

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Film Review: Escape From New York (1981)

SYNOPSIS: “The year is 1997. New York City has been turned into a maximum security prison colony, when the American crime rate grows high. New York City is surrounded by a wall and the bridge is mined making sure no convict escapes from New York. Snake Plissken, a one-eyed former soldier turned bank robber arrives at New York after being sentenced to life imprisonment in New York City. Bob Hauk, police commissioner who runs the … Continue reading

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John Carpenter’s IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS Finally Making It’s Blu-ray Debut

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An often overlooked John Carpenter gem is the Sam Neill starring shocker IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS. It’s hard to believe that this fan favorite has not yet made the transition to Blu-ray but that will all end on October 15th when Warner Brothers Home Entertainment brings this one home. Under the bizarre chance you’ve never seen this one it tells the following tale: “Best-selling author and Stephen King contemporary Sutter Cane’s newest novel is … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dark Star (1974)

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SYNOPSIS: “The crew of the Dark Star are on a twenty year mission to clear a path in space by destroying planets that are in the way of navigation routes. As their mission nears completion, they must cope with a runaway alien which resembles a beach-ball, faulty computer systems, and a ‘smart bomb’ who thinks it is God. The late commander Powell is stored in deep freeze, where he is still able to offer advice. … Continue reading

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Final Blu-ray Specs For The Scream Factory Release Of THE FOG Roll In

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Last week I showed you that kick ass artwork for the upcoming SCREAM FACTORY release of John Carpenter’s THE FOG and today I’ve got even better news, the final Blu-ray specs. This is going to be an awesome release, check it out! THE FOG Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ and DVD A weather beaten old fisherman tells an ancient tale of betrayal and death to fascinated children as they huddle together by their campfire. As a piece … Continue reading

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New Artwork For The SCREAM FACTORY Release Of THE FOG

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You all know already how big a fan I am of the SCREAM FACTORY line of Blu-ray discs and things like this are the very reason why. Check out this absolutely kick ass artwork that will be gracing the cover of their upcoming release of John Carpenter’s THE FOG. Nice, huh?

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Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast – Eps 46

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Welcome to the Monster Movie Podcast. This week Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani cover the films an career of John Carpenter, one of the most influential horror directors of the modern era. From Halloween to Escape from New York to The Thing, John Carpenter shaped the future of horror, setting trends and creating sub-genres. He’s responsible for such horror icons as Michael Myers, Snake Plissken and Jack Burton. He’s even directed a film about Elvis. … Continue reading

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SCREAM FACTORY announces special features for the THEY LIVE Blu-ray!

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Right after the Halloween holiday SCREAM FACTORY will give us the biggest Halloween treat of the season. That of course is going to be the Blu-ray release of John Carpenter’s cult classic THEY LIVE. Having already had the honor of checking out the first two SCREAM FACTORY releases (Halloween II and Halloween III) I can without a doubt that this release of THEY LIVE is probably the release I am most looking forward to this … Continue reading

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Film Review: In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

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SYNOPSIS: John Trent (Sam Neil), an insurance investigator, embarks on a case to track down popular missing horror writer Sutter Kane (Jurgen Prochnow). Trent is true sceptic but slowly he has no choice but to believe what is really happening – that himself and all he sees in the world around him are being written by Kane. REVIEW: Director / creator John Carpenter is known for many great contributions to the horror genre. While I … Continue reading

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Darkchylde (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Southern teenager, Ariel Chylde, is transformed into creatures from her nightmares.

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