Tag Archive: john carpenter

Dec 14

Ghosts of Mars

ghostsofmarsGenre: Action / Sci-Fi
Year: 2001
Country: USA

Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Jason Statham, Clea DuVall, Pam Grier

 

 

 

 

You don’t stand a ghost of a chance

 

Ghosts of Mars (2001) - Movie Review

 

Aug 10

Elvis

elvisGenre: Drama
Year: 1979
Country: USA

aka: Elvis – The Movie

Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters, Bing Russell, Robert Gray, Season Hubley

 

The King lives on!

 

This is the story of Elvis Presley, who went from being a poor kid from Memphis to growing up and becoming the biggest musical act and a cultural icon that will never be forgotten. His start came when he was signed to Sun Records, where he was allowed to do so-called “African American” music and bring it out to a wider audience.

Right after he started to make his mark in music history, he became a brand and was able to act in movies and sell out shows worldwide. His dabbled in all kind of music, from rock and roll to gospel and everything he did became a hit seller. Even though he was highly successful, he had his own demons and family issues to deal with and his story was not all roses.

May 23

Body Bags

bodybagsGenre: Horror
Year: 1993
Country: USA

Directors: John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper
Starring: John Carpenter, Alex Datcher, Robert Carradine, Stacy Keach, Mark Hamill

 

Zip yourself in tight!

 

Body Bags is a horror anthology film with three segments that all revolve around dead bodies that The Coroner is examining. The style is very much in the same sense as Tales from the Crypt and the coroner is played by John Carpenter himself, who also directed the first two stories and gave the last one over to Tobe Hooper.

The first segment is called The Gas Station and surprisingly enough, that’s the premise for the story. Anne is having her first shift, which happens to be a night shift, at the gas station near Haddonfield, Illinois where a serial killer has recently escaped from a mental hospital.

The Gas Station is the most suspenseful of the bunch and that is only thanks to the masterful skills of John Carpenter. He can pretty much take any setting and add creepiness to it. There is a very lonely and vulnerable feeling in this segment, but there is also some very cheap choices like the decisions or lack of that Anne does nearing the end of it. It is still the best segment out of the three and definitely worth watching. Also look out for cameo’s by Sam Raimi and Wes Craven.

Dec 16

Vampires

vampiresGenre: Action / Horror
Year: 1998
Country: USA

Director: John Carpenter
Starring: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith, Maximilian Schell

 

The final confrontation between good and evil has begun.

 

Jack Crow is the leader of a badass vampire slaying crew founded by the vatican church. Their lives consist of traveling from place to place, finding the nest of the vampires and brutally slaying them before partying with hookers and then going on to the next place. After doing a routine slaying in New Mexico, their party gets interrupted by a master vampire who kills everyone except Jack Crow and his buddy Montoya. They fled the scene together with a bitten hooker named Katrina, who they saved since she will start to get a telepathic link with this master vampire while she turns into a one herself in the following days.

Nov 12

Halloween

halloweenGenre: Horror
Year: 1978
Country: USA

Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers

 

The night HE came home!

 

 

On the night of Halloween in 1963, the six-year-old Michael Myers stabs his older sister to death. He ends up in a psychiatric hospital where he is under care of Dr. Sam Loomis. Loomis is convinced that Myers is possessed by true evil and has done everything he can to keep him locked up and away from society.

Fifteen years after the brutal murder, Myers is able to escape and heads home to Haddonfield, Illinois where he is now stalking the young girl Laurie Strode and her friends. Dr. Loomis arrives and works with the local sheriff to try to hunt him down before he starts to kill again.

Reviewing Halloween these days is honestly a very redundant task. Cause what can possibly be said about a movie that every horrorfan knows and 99% of them love, even nearly 35 years after its initial release? It is one of the most famous horror movies and it’s been “blamed” for the slasherboom that followed after its huge success at the box office.