Monday, September 30, 2013

This October, a Tribute to John Carpenter on The Epic Review

    
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     Plenty of websites offer great Halloween coverage and will review tons of horror movies during October. We'll certainly be doing that at ThEpic Review as we watch scary movies here and there (I've been personally watching nothing but horror films since the end of August!), but I wanted to do something a bit different and focus on the films of a particular director. I decided to dedicate this October to my favorite director, John Carpenter. If someone told me I could only watch the films of one director for the rest of my life, it'd be a tough choice but I think I'd ultimately choose the films of Mr. Carpenter. With an unmatched style, a great eye for setting up scenes, and the incredible ability to score many of his own films, a John Carpenter film is instantly recognizable. While Carpenter has directed multiple films in the action, sci-fi, and horror genres, he also manages to blend those genres together in ways that are often unexpected and work to create unusual tension in what would otherwise be regular action scenes.  While none of Carpenter's films are on the list of my top five favorite films, he absolutely dominates my top 25 with favorites such as The Thing, Halloween, and of course Big Trouble in Little China. If you've never given Carpenter's films much of a chance or have never delved too deeply into his filmography, maybe this October is the time to do so.  If you've never seen any of his films besides the more well known ones, give gems like Prince of Darkness and Cigarette Burns a try. If you're a huge Carpenter fan and respect the man's entire catalog, feel free to comment on any of the reviews and offer your own insight.  Discussion is always welcome!
More after the break.....


     While not every movie that I'll be reviewing is a horror movie, I think Carpenter interjects the style of horror films into many of his sci-fi and action films, and thus their inclusion here is appropriate. I'm also not going to be getting around to every film Carpenter directed and thus have had to selectively choose the movies I'm including. There are also tons of films and video games which Carpenter has worked on in other capacities that I just don't have the time or space to cover. On the other hand, I've got some fantastic reviews of other cool John Carpenter stuff such as toys, action figures, and prop replicas from his films. I'm also going to be trying to review the entire Halloween series, even though Carpenter only directed the first film and had limited involvement (or none) with most other installments in the series. Interested?  I hope so! Let's make October 2013 a Halloween season to remember!

Oh, and by the way....

“When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."


For more information, visit The Official John Carpenter.com

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