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Carpenter is King – ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976)

I have this obsession with early John Carpenter films, because they are in my mind, some of the best cinema ever made. The acting, the camera work, the home spun music, the originality, the make up and effects, the overwhelming sense of dread they all hold. I do admit that his later work is…well, different […]

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The Thing Storyboard To Film Comparison

Here’s a very interesting side by side comparison of storyboards and their finished scenes from John Carpenter’s The Thing, compiled by Vashi Nedomansky . Vashi says in his post : “The visuals of both the desolate Antarctic and the ever-morphing alien creatures in THE THING were envisioned long before the movie was shot. Extensive storyboards were […]

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The Great Unmade: Return of the Thing, Part 3

(CONTINUED FROM PART 2) Act 5 Wise finally gets info on what’s beneath the town: an old Cold War nuclear missile silo base which was decommissioned in the 60s. Sure enough, prowling around the tunnels, Little Bear and Gates find themselves in a giant, empty missile silo. They’re not alone as the coyote appears. And […]

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The Great Unmade: Return of the Thing, Part 2

(CONTINUED FROM PART 1) Act 5 Several times throughout, we’ve briefly run across a utility man named Rafferty. As he’s out checking connections, he finds himself face-to-face with the coyote. Soon after, Little Bear follows the animal tracks to Rafferty’s truck where the man is lacing up his boots. Their conversation is terse, their looks […]

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The Great Unmade: Return of the Thing, Part 1

For those who don’t know, for a little over two years, I’ve been producing and co-hosting a podcast series called Masters of Carpentry, examining the works of John Carpenter film-by-film. It’s taken up quite a bit of my creative time and energies, hence me dropping off on contributing articles to Cinetropolis (especially the ponderous and […]

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The Top Ten 80’s Alien Movies

The decade of the 1980’s was a time of paranoia and displacement. With most worrying about nuclear meltdown and radioactive death, it was no wonder we looked to the stars for escape. Here is a list of some of the best alien films from that era:   10. Alien Nation (1998) Los Angeles, 1991. Aliens […]

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Call Me Snake: The Future Noir of Escape From New York

“Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.. he must be the best man in his world.” Raymond Chandler’s words on noir detectives apply as much to Snake Plissken, who, according to writer/ director John Carpenter, is the one man with honour in a […]

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John Carpenter’s The Thing – Explained

There have been many rumours of hidden meanings and theories about exactly what happens at the end of John Carpenter’s The Thing. For our money this is the best. Here Rob Ager examines the whole shebang in exquisite detail. Enjoy.

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