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John Carpenter Interview “It’s All Horror.”

I never realized how much of an influence John Carpenter was on my worldview growing up. He was responsible for so many of my favorite childhood movies – Big Trouble In Little China, Escape From New York, Starman and so many more. It wasn’t until I became a dedicated horrorphile that I realized John Carpenter was responsible for those movies and oh so many more of my favorites in the horror genre. Halloween, The Fog, Christine, The Prince of Darkness, In The Mouth of Madness and so many other undeniable horror classics came from his directorial hand. As a fan and certified horror geek – I knew that Carpenter’s movies shone with greatness but it wasn’t until we started Mutantville Productions in the winter of 2003 – that I began to look at horror films with a more critical eye.  I suddenly realized that Carpenter’s works were not only the work of a true auteur – but the work of inspired genius. (Continue reading the article and watch the interview after the leap!) Halloween.  The Thing.  Escape From New York.  In the Mouth of Madness.  Each movie served as a blueprint for it’s respective genre.  During our time working on our first horror effort – the supernatural slasher film – C for Chaos – John Carpenter’s Halloween served as a bible for everything we did.  From entertaining me during my childhood with movies like Big Trouble In Little China and Escape From New York  to terrifying me in my adulthood with uncanny horrors in movies such as Halloween, The Thing, Prince of Darkness, In The Mouth of Madness and Cigarette Burns – John Carpenter has wielded more influence on my taste than almost any other filmmaker in history. In the early part of the year – MVP was offered a chance to interview John Carpenter at the Fright Night Film Fest in Louisville, Kentucky.  Needless to say, after we picked ourselves up off the floor, we jumped at the chance to talk to the Master of Horror in person.  In the buildup to the festival, we put together a seven part interview with Ken Daniels the promoter of the Fright Night Film Fest and...

John Carpenter Master of Horror

It’s one week until MVP meets John Carpenter at this year’s Fright Night Film Fest in Kentucky.  We thought we would honor the occasion by focusing on the man, the myth, the auteur John Carpenter this week on Classics Corner.  We’re going to take a look at his movies, his musical scores and even his recent ventures into video game territory with the F.E.A.R. series. John Carpenter has long been a favorite director of the Mutantville Players.  As a child some of my favorite movies were Big Trouble In Little China and Escape From New York.  When I grew older and became a director of fearfilms – John Carpenter’s Halloween served as a blueprint of slasher horror for us study.  As I became a more seasoned horror fan, I enjoyed following Carpenter’s career as he moved beyond slasher films into ghost stories with The Fog, killer car movies with Christine, and tales of apocalyptic cosmic horror with The Thing, The Prince of Darkness, In The Mouth of Madness and Cigarette Burns. John Carpenter has never been one to rest on his laurels, constantly evolving his own storytelling style and experimenting with new mediums.  From day one he has created his own scores for his movies making him one of the most complete filmmakers of any era.  Over the years, he has expanded into the medium of television with Body Bags & Masters of Horror and has recently joined the video game revolution by endorsing the F.E.A.R. horror survival games. Let’s look at his work in the various mediums and appreciate what it truly means to be not only a storyteller but a true auteur. First let’s look at some clips from his movies. Here’s a rare German television interview with Carpenter during his promotion for Memoirs of an Invisible Man. Here’s an introduction to his movie The Thing for the Fantastic Films Weekend at the National Media Museum. Now let’s listen to some of Carpenter’s fantastic music that haunts his movies. Here is a clip from John Carpenter’s The Fog followed by a few bars from John Carpenter’s Starman. Last but not least let’s look at some of Carpenter’s work in the new medium...

Retrofantasma Celebrates Twelfth Anniversary with Slasher Double Feature!

In today’s tough economy, it’s hard to get the value out of one’s dollar.  It’s equally difficult to find a local theater that offers programming of films from outside the Hollywood mainstream.  The Carolina Theatre in Durham and it’s monthly Retrofantasma shows are the solution to both of those problems. This is part of what  makes Retrofantasma at the Carolina Theatre so special.  The crew at the Carolina Theatre work hard day in and day out to bring Retro audiences a wide array of classic horror films all year long.  Audiences from the Durham area are treated to monthly double features of some of the rarest 35mm horror prints around. Jim Carl, the program director, states that “Retro was born in November 1998 with a single showing of Friday the 13th Part 2.  More than a decade later, we’re now one of the longest-running monthly genre film series in the United States!”  The spectacular programing is no accident as anyone that talks to Jim can tell you.  He is as big a fan of the genre as one will find. This week marked Retrofantasma’s twelfth anniversary of bringing classic horror and cult movies to the Durham area.  The reason for its continued success is simple, Retrofantasma is programmed for the fans by a fan.  A quick glance at the list of titles that have played in 35mm at Retro over the past few years reveal just how much Jim and company love genre films:  Alien, An American Werewolf in London, Black Christmas, Creepshow, The Exorcist, Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th part 4, Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell, The Thing, Monster Squad, Hellraiser, Spider Baby, The Shining, The Howling, Army of Darkness, Night of the Creeps, A Nightmare On Elm Street III: Dream Warriors, My Bloody Valentine, Lifeforce, The Story of Ricky, Jaws, The Road Warrior, Race with the Devil, Prince of Darkness, Pieces, and Killer Klowns From Outer Space. To celebrate their twelfth anniversary, the Retro team hosted a double feature of slasher classics from the hey day of the genre.  Fans may have plunked down their hard earned $8 for tickets to see Happy Birthday To Me and Alice Sweet Alice but...

John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness and Dark Star this week at Retrofantasma!

It’s John Carpenter night this month as the Carolina Theatre in Durham kicks off the new season of Retrofantasma with a bang!  That’s right, this Friday, Retrofantasma will play a killer double feature of John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness and Dark Star!  Long time Carpenter fans know that Dark Star was Carpenter’s feature film directorial debut and Prince of Darkness is the second in his “Apocalypse Trilogy” which started with John Carpenter’s The Thing and concluded with In The Mouth of Madness. It’s also worth noting that there are always great door prizes given away at Retrofantasma and this week Mutantville.com is donating a vintage copy of Fangoria #69 featuring John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness right on the cover!  So come join the fun this Friday as these classic Carpenter films play in 35mm.  Grab your beer and popcorn and kick back for a night of organized chaos at Retrofantasma. Check out the official link for Retrofantasma, the Carolina Theatre, and the Nevermore Film Festival. Trailer for John Carpenter’s Dark Star. Trailer for John Carpenter’s Prince of...

Streebo’s Q&A Fangoria Contest Ends This Sunday!

You still have time to submit your questions for Streebo’s upcoming Q&A session. Every question earns the entrant a chance to win some vintage Fangoria issues! That’s right – three lucky winners will win some classic Fangoria issues. Up for grabs are Fangoria #10 with Scanners, Fangoria #100 with A Nightmare on Elm Street, and issues featuring Evil Dead II, John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness and A Nightmare On Elm Street part 3: Dream Warriors! Don’t miss out – submit your questions now and win a piece of horror fan history. Post your questions here at the following video. You can see which Fangoria issues are up for grabs in this video. The final countdown is on! The contest at ends Sunday at...