Film Review: ESCAPE FROM L.A. (1996)

ESCAPE FROM L.A. **** USA 1996 Dir: John Carpenter. 99 mins Paramount gave Carpenter his biggest budget to date to make his only sequel as director : the result, co-written with Debra Hill and Kurt Russell, was one of the most bleakest “fun” movies of the 1990’s. It follows other big 90’s sequels by reworking … Continue reading “Film Review: ESCAPE FROM L.A. (1996)”

Film Review: BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986)

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA **** USA 1986 Dir: John Carpenter. 99 mins Awkwardly marketed by 20th Century Fox and unloved upon its release, this bold, brash genre mash-up proved a commercial failure that sent the filmmaker back to indie genre pictures, starting with PRINCE OF DARKNESS – which carries over two of its stars, … Continue reading “Film Review: BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986)”

Film Review: THE THING (1982)

THE THING ***** USA 1982 Dir: John Carpenter. 108 mins The horribly disturbing tagline: “Man is the warmest place to hide”. In the same year as VIDEODROME (also released by Universal) and at the height of the special make-up effects revolution, this was contemptuously received by mainstream critics disgusted by its unflinching visual assaults of … Continue reading “Film Review: THE THING (1982)”

Film Review: ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK ***** USA 1981 Dir: John Carpenter. 99 mins Carpenter’s hugely influential dystopian sci-fi movie indulged his adoration of antiheroes and life-long disdain for authority, while taking the crime-ridden, pre-Giuliani state of New York City (already the subject of various vigilante movies) to its natural extreme. The Big Apple’s crime rate has … Continue reading “Film Review: ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)”

STUDIOCANAL WILL ‘ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK’ WITH NEW RELEASE

StudioCanal have another 4 disc limited Collector’s Edition of a John Carpenter classic coming out and its one that features a certain Snake Plissken. ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK has been stunningly restored in 4K. This release is beautifully packaged with a stylish, newly commissioned illustration on the cover. It contains a UHD of the feature as … Continue reading “STUDIOCANAL WILL ‘ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK’ WITH NEW RELEASE”