Poll

Your Favorite John Carpenter Film Is...

Dark Star
0 (0%)
Assault On Precinct 13
3 (4.7%)
Halloween
14 (21.9%)
The Fog
0 (0%)
Escape from New York
4 (6.3%)
The Thing
26 (40.6%)
Christine
1 (1.6%)
Starman
3 (4.7%)
Big Trouble in Little China
6 (9.4%)
Prince of Darkness
0 (0%)
They Live
1 (1.6%)
Memoirs of an Invisible Man
0 (0%)
In the Mouth of Madness
1 (1.6%)
Village of the Damned
0 (0%)
Escape From L.A.
0 (0%)
Vampires
1 (1.6%)
other
0 (0%)
haven't seen any
3 (4.7%)
don't like any
1 (1.6%)

Total Members Voted: 64

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Re: Directors Best Poll - John Carpenter
« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2011, 01:02:21 PM »
The Thing is the clear winner for me, but Big Trouble in Little China makes it harder than it should be. What a brilliant piece of subversive 80's action film satire and martial arts send-up - at once a perfect product of its time and brilliantly ahead of its time. Kinda like Ghostbusters.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - John Carpenter
« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2011, 02:55:01 PM »
Starman
Halloween


Big Trouble in Little China
Escape from New York


They Live
Christine
The Fog

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Re: Directors Best Poll - John Carpenter
« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2011, 07:57:41 PM »
1. Assault on Precinct 13
2. Halloween
3. Escape from new York
4. The Thing
5. Big Trouble in Little China
6. Starman
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Re: Directors Best Poll - John Carpenter
« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2011, 01:28:36 PM »
Halloween, pretty clearly for me.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - John Carpenter
« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2011, 07:32:58 PM »

The Ward John Carpenter, 2010

It's nice to see Carpenter directing again. But maybe this is a warmup for bigger and better things, because there's no much to be excited about here. The story's rudimentary and straightforward. Amber Heard plays some chick in the 50's that burned down some house and she gets taken to some hospital to be checked up on. While she's there she meets four other chicks who are also apparently insane. But there used to be a girl there before. And she's gone missing. Whatever happened to her? That's the mystery that will be zzzz. That shit is boring. So what do we have left? Forward-moving tracking shots of the hospital hallways, lazy jump scares, and a plot that's as boring as whatever. There's none of the precision that I associate with Carpenter. Impersonal? I wouldn't know. I'll leave it to the portuguese to figure that out.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - John Carpenter
« Reply #25 on: June 29, 2012, 02:12:19 PM »
The Fog John Carpenter, 1980

a malevolent force that haunts all the characters, which makes them act all dumb dumb and open the doors (there's no irony or self-awareness) when they clearly shouldn't. jamie lee curtis shows up for a bit, other people do too, all of them trying to outrun the fog, like in Shyamalan's magnificent The Happening, where people try to outrun the wind? none of them are fully-fleshed characters, just shapes that things happen to. the objects with the most personality are the [redacted] that reside in the fog. those [redacted] look badass. carpenter's skills remain in framing and pacing; characterization (at least in this one), not so much.  but that's alright. that's how i like my genre thrills brother.
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« Reply #26 on: January 05, 2013, 12:55:20 PM »
1. Halloween
2. Big Trouble in Little China
3. They Live

4. Starman
5. Assault on Precinct 13
6. Cigarette Burns
7. Dark Star
8. Escape From New York
9. Someone’s Watching Me!
10. The Fog

11. The Thing
12. Christine
13. The Ward
14. Body Bags

15. Prince of Darkness
16. Vampires
17. Escape From L.A.
18. In the Mouth of Madness
19. Village of the Damned
20. Memoirs of an Invisible Man
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Re: Directors Best Poll - John Carpenter
« Reply #27 on: August 13, 2014, 01:51:24 PM »
1. The Thing (1982)
2. Starman (1984)
3. They Live (1987)
4. Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

Halloween (1978)
The Fog (1980)
Escape From New York (1981)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
The Ward (2010)

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Re: Directors Best Poll - John Carpenter
« Reply #28 on: August 13, 2014, 02:43:16 PM »
Escape from New York
The Thing
Big Trouble in Little China
Halloween - Will need to re-watch this I think I was stonned.
They Live - I thought this movie was so poorly made. Great idea though.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - John Carpenter
« Reply #29 on: May 12, 2015, 06:36:49 AM »
For once, I don't feel too bad about clicking on that « Never seen » option.
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