Franchise Corner Entry: HALLOWEEN

  HALLOWEEN ***** USA 1978 Dir: John Carpenter. 91 mins Those who got their knickers knotted by Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN remake duo have a short memory: John Carpenter’s original film is a scare machine precision-tooled from elements of earlier genre works. Its legendary opening alone (contrary to popular belief, the only time in the film … Continue reading “Franchise Corner Entry: HALLOWEEN”

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)”

Film Review: THE FOG (1980)

THE FOG ***** USA 1980 Dir: John Carpenter. 91 mins Rescued in post-production by reshoots, reediting and rescoring, this brave attempt at a modern take on the old-fashioned ghost story opens with an Edgar Allen Poe quote though its influences are closer to Lovecraft, EC Comics, THE GHOSTLY GALLEON and – by Carpenter’s own admission, … Continue reading “Film Review: THE FOG (1980)”

PATRICK LUSSIER’S HALLOWEEN-THEMED THRILLER STARTS PRODUCTION

Principal production has begun on the horror thriller, TRICK.  The Patrick Lussier-helmed feature is now shooting with Omar Epps stepping into the main role of Detective Mike Denver, a man obsessed with a killer that has eluded him. Epps has starred in over 20 films in a career spanning two decades. Most recently, he starred … Continue reading “PATRICK LUSSIER’S HALLOWEEN-THEMED THRILLER STARTS PRODUCTION”

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”