When someone thinks of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China, they think of the image above. It’s from the theatrical one sheet that was originally drawn by iconic artist Drew Struzan and now, it’s being re-released in a whole new way.
A French court has ruled that Luc Besson’s 2012 film Lockout, starring Guy Pierce, was plagiarized from John Carpenter’s 1981 film, Escape From New York. As a result, Besson will have to pay Carpenter almost a half-million dollars.
The world may be full of bad news, but here’s a glimmer of joy, especially if you’re a fan of Kurt Russell and John Carpenter’s cinematic collaborations. Cult antiheroes Jack Burton and Snake Plissken will meet on the pages of a comic from Boom! Studios, and with the full approval of Carpenter.
As the Fourth of July approaches, you’d be hard pressed to think of a more patriotic symbol than the Statue of Liberty. And that’s why this new poster for John Carpenter’s Escape from New York is so good. It takes everything we love about America and subverts it. Just like the movie itself.
John Carpenter’s The Thing is a perfect example of a movie ahead of its time. When it opened in 1982, it was the same weekend at Blade Runner’s release, Star Trek 2 and Poltergeist were in theaters and ET was number one at the box office. The competition lead to the film bombing; only later did it become such a…
He’s back to fix what he started. The director, co-writer, and composer of the original 1978 horror movie, John Carpenter, is returning to the franchise he created, and will executive produce the tenth Halloween film.
What’s this? Oh, just John Carpenter performing the theme from Escape From New York live in a Los Angeles recording studio. (Carpenter directed the video, too, natch.) Crank it up, imagine yourself infiltrating the prison that’s replaced Manhattan, and succumb to the incredible urge to suddenly don an eye patch.
John Carpenter’s 1988 They Live is set in a dystopian version of Los Angeles where aliens are covertly controlling every aspect of human life. It stars a professional wrestler (Roddy Piper, who passed away last year) and contains one of the most epic fight scenes ever. Naturally, it’s a cult classic. But did you know…
Master of horror John Carpenter is, of course, also a master musician, having created the iconic, influential scores for classics like Halloween, They Live, and Assault on Precinct 13. His new album, Lost Themes II, is out April 15 (NPR is currently streaming the whole thing). He just dropped a woozy video to promote…
If you grew up in the ‘80s, Starman is one of those movies you watched a lot. It was basically on all the time, and told a great story about an alien and woman falling in love while on the run. That simplicity and familiarity mean only one thing: it’s time for a remake.
In 1994, John Carpenter was several years removed from his last bona fide triumph—1988's They Live—but he still hadn’t given up. (He’d sorta do that the next year, with Village of the Damned). His mindfuck extravaganza In the Mouth of Madness borrows heavily from H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King, but it’s also its own…
Prince of Darkness is one of John Carpenter’s weirdest films. Released in 1987 (between two cult favorites: 1986's Big Trouble in Little China and 1988's They Live), it’s overly high-concept and riddled with gaping plot holes. But damn, if it doesn’t depict evil in one of the most repulsive and scary ways ever.
The French migrant camp near Calais, also known as The Jungle, is currently being torn down with the help of “several hundred” riot police, according to the Wall Street Journal. And sadly it looks like a scene from John Carpenter’s 1988 horror-dystopia film They Live.
John Carpenter has films that are considered classics: Halloween, The Thing, They Live, Big Trouble in Little China. But the films he made after his heyday don’t get nearly enough love. One big example: Ghosts of Mars, which takes The Thing and mushes it into Assault on Precinct 13, except with way more graphic…
With good news, comes the bad, John Carpenter fans. The acclaimed genre director and composer will be releasing Lost Themes II on April 15, a follow-up to last year’s soundtrack-esque Lost Themes. And he’ll be touring—but to Spain, Iceland, and England only. [See update below!]
Adjust your eye patches and put on your sunglasses, John Carpenter fans, for this great bit of news that shook loose from horror podcast Killer POV: the famed genre director (Halloween, The Thing, They Live, Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China) is making a serious foray into television.
Luc Besson’s Europacorp has to pay out €80,000 after a French court ruled that Lockout was pretty much of a copy of Escape From New York.
John Carpenter is famed for directing genre classics like Halloween, They Live, and Escape From New York, but the synth-y scores he's crafted have earned their own cult following. He recently released Lost Themes — instrumentals for imaginary features — and we've got the music video premiere for "Night"!
Remember Read-Along books? (No, not you, young people.) The books where you also had a record of someone narrating it, and you'd turn the page every time you heard he chime? Well, someone made one for John Carpenter's The Thing, and it's awesome.