Top Five John Carpenter Films

 Top five John Carpenter films?

  1.  Possibly the best sci-fi horror movie ever made, The Thing is truly a masterpiece of suspense. The special effects are some of the best ever seen on film; combined with excellent performances from Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, and Keith David this movie is timeless. 
  2. A close runner up, Prince of Darkness is a creepy science/religious thriller that doesn’t disappoint. What if the fate of humanity were left in the hands grad students? What if Alice Cooper was leading an army of transients, intent on keeping you looked inside a building with the son of Satan? What if Satan and God weren’t living in the clouds, but in another dimension? What if? What if? What if? Love this movie. 
  3. Ah, The Fog. A slow burn creep-fest and wonderful example of how practical effects can be used to create amazing visuals. Anyone see the remake? Notice how they used CGI to create the fog? May have been cheaper and easier, but it looked like shit. Carpenter didn’t have the luxury of CGI back in the day and his film turned out far better than many contemporary movies in the same genre. Adrienne Barbeau , Jamie Lee Curtis, what’s not to like? Did I mention the soundtrack is awesome!
  4.  Whats not to like about the ‘Godfather’ of all slasher films. The atmosphere of this film is so thick with tension and well paced it can be watched over and over again. The Shape is a formidable threat to everyone in the film – men, women, dogs, kids. The decision to make him a composite of evil as apposed to a well understood and clearly motivated villain is genius, absolute genius. He’s evil, that’s all we know, that’s all we need to know. 
  5.  Tough decision on this one. I wanted to include Big Trouble in Little China but in the end Escape From New York won out the fifth spot. The deciding factors came down to the scope of the film and the soundtrack. Escape is a much larger movie in concept and execution, details a dystopian world that is intriguing and compelling, and has a sound track that perfectly compliments the setting. 
What do think of the list? Any changes you’d make? Let us know!

Top Five John Carpenter Films

 Top five John Carpenter films?

  1.  Possibly the best sci-fi horror movie ever made, The Thing is truly a masterpiece of suspense. The special effects are some of the best ever seen on film; combined with excellent performances from Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, and Keith David this movie is timeless. 
  2. A close runner up, Prince of Darkness is a creepy science/religious thriller that doesn’t disappoint. What if the fate of humanity were left in the hands grad students? What if Alice Cooper was leading an army of transients, intent on keeping you looked inside a building with the son of Satan? What if Satan and God weren’t living in the clouds, but in another dimension? What if? What if? What if? Love this movie. 
  3. Ah, The Fog. A slow burn creep-fest and wonderful example of how practical effects can be used to create amazing visuals. Anyone see the remake? Notice how they used CGI to create the fog? May have been cheaper and easier, but it looked like shit. Carpenter didn’t have the luxury of CGI back in the day and his film turned out far better than many contemporary movies in the same genre. Adrienne Barbeau , Jamie Lee Curtis, what’s not to like? Did I mention the soundtrack is awesome!
  4.  Whats not to like about the ‘Godfather’ of all slasher films. The atmosphere of this film is so thick with tension and well paced it can be watched over and over again. The Shape is a formidable threat to everyone in the film – men, women, dogs, kids. The decision to make him a composite of evil as apposed to a well understood and clearly motivated villain is genius, absolute genius. He’s evil, that’s all we know, that’s all we need to know. 
  5.  Tough decision on this one. I wanted to include Big Trouble in Little China but in the end Escape From New York won out the fifth spot. The deciding factors came down to the scope of the film and the soundtrack. Escape is a much larger movie in concept and execution, details a dystopian world that is intriguing and compelling, and has a sound track that perfectly compliments the setting. 
What do think of the list? Any changes you’d make? Let us know!

Rob Zombie. Clowns. Halloween. Of Course

Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Rob Zombie’s new film 31 will center around a group of people kidnapped in the days leading up to Halloween. Of course they will, because Halloween is the only time people dress up as clowns and kidnap people I suppose. 
Zombie has also decided to crowd-source the movie, so if you want some input or an executive producer credit then break out the checkbook. 
Concept art is cool, but are looking at yet another ultra violent film with little to no story line? Eh, who cares. It will probably be entertaining either way. 

Rob Zombie. Clowns. Halloween. Of Course

Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Rob Zombie’s new film 31 will center around a group of people kidnapped in the days leading up to Halloween. Of course they will, because Halloween is the only time people dress up as clowns and kidnap people I suppose. 
Zombie has also decided to crowd-source the movie, so if you want some input or an executive producer credit then break out the checkbook. 
Concept art is cool, but are looking at yet another ultra violent film with little to no story line? Eh, who cares. It will probably be entertaining either way. 

Universal Shared that Universal Monsters to Have Shared Universe?

Fangoria is reporting that THR reported that Alex Kurtzman will direct The Mummy as the first movie in the Universal Monsters shared universe? 

So everyone is making their own shared movie universe eh? 

The Brood – A Delicious Byproduct of Canadian Tax Loopholes

body horror masterpiece that will make you cringe


Canuxploitation – Canuxploitation is a film genre that encompasses B-movies made in Canada, especially those produced throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s to take advantage of government tax incentives.

Seriously, this is an actual thing. And yes, Canada does exist. I mention this because this film falls into this category and it makes this post sound informative and well researched.

Well whatever, The Brood is one messed up psychological thriller. David Cronenberg is well known for writing and directing some strange films, and The Brood is no exception.


Try to imagine a film containing elements of child abuse, body horror, child abduction, and medical malfeasance. Now imagine that film is released in 1979. Loco, muy loco.


Not born in 1979? In ye old days parents didn’t abuse their children. They used corporal punishment. Children weren’t abducted. They were just late for dinner. Doctors didn’t break the law. There weren’t too many laws to begin with anyway.


So it’s obvious this film turned some heads back in the day, but I’d argue the film is still quite shocking, horrific, and very good. It has a certain raw appeal that so many films from the late 70s-80s era still have to this day.


Starring Oliver Reed (you youngins know him as Proximo from Gladiator) Samantha Eggar (who does a voice on Metalocalypse if you can believe that), and Art Hindle (of Porky’s fame, and costar to Chuck Norris in The Octagon); this is a disturbing horror movie that will appeal to most fans of the genre.


Q: Is there really child abuse?
A: Implied. Other than the standard “child in danger” trope there isn’t any actual scenes of a child being beaten.


Q: Child abduction?
A: Oh yeah, but it’s critical to the plot.


Q: Why is it so disturbing?
A: No spoilers. It’s one of those that’s better to see blind. Although there is a scene in a classroom that is extremely disturbing. Not terribly graphic, just really well done.


Q: Good date movie?
A: Um…sure. But I do need to ask, why are you only taking dates to see horror movies?


Q: Is this ok for kids?
A: Probably, but not recommended. There is nudity, not sexualized mind you, but it’s there nonetheless.


Q: Do you recommend it?
A: Absolutely.

The Brood – A Delicious Byproduct of Canadian Tax Loopholes

body horror masterpiece that will make you cringe


Canuxploitation – Canuxploitation is a film genre that encompasses B-movies made in Canada, especially those produced throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s to take advantage of government tax incentives. Seriously, this is an actual thing. And yes, Canada does exist. I mention this because this film falls into this category and it makes this post sound informative and well researched.

Well whatever, The Brood is one messed up psychological thriller. David Cronenberg is well known for writing and directing some strange films, and The Brood is no exception. Try to imagine a film containing elements of child abuse, body horror, child abduction, and medical malfeasance. Now imagine that film is released in 1979. Loco, muy loco.

Not born in 1979? In ye old days parents didn’t abuse their children. They used corporal punishment. Children weren’t abducted. They were just late for dinner. Doctors didn’t break the law. There weren’t too many laws to begin with anyway. So it’s obvious this film turned some heads back in the day, but I’d argue the film is still quite shocking, horrific, and very good. It has a certain raw appeal that so many films from the late 70s-80s era still have to this day.
Starring Oliver Reed (you youngins know him as Proximo from Gladiator) Samantha Eggar (who does a voice on Metalocalypse if you can believe that), and Art Hindle (of Porky’s fame, and costar to Chuck Norris in The Octagon); this is a disturbing horror movie that will appeal to most fans of the genre.
Q: Is there really child abuse?
A: Implied. Other than the standard “child in danger” trope there isn’t any actual scenes of a child being beaten.
Q: Child abduction?
A: Oh yeah, but it’s critical to the plot.
Q: Why is it so disturbing?
A: No spoilers. It’s one of those that’s better to see blind. Although there is a scene in a classroom that is extremely disturbing. Not terribly graphic, just really well done.
Q: Good date movie?
A: Um…sure. But I do need to ask, why are you only taking dates to see horror movies?
Q: Is this ok for kids?
A: Probably, but not recommended. There is nudity, not sexualized mind you, but it’s there nonetheless.
Q: Do you recommend it?
A: Absolutely.

Sharknado 2 – Well It Wasn’t As Bad As A Kick In The Dick

Sharknado 2 new york gets devoured
Wow! What a crazy ass movie. I mean seriously, the development executives really threw caution to the wind and decided their careers didn’t matter. Why would they?

Based on the extreme popularity of the first film the sequel is guaranteed to make a cruise liner full of cash.  Just look at how many tweets were sent using the hashtag #Sharknado2. About a gazillion. 

Look the movie is just plan fun. Special Effects aren’t great but they’re better than anything else SciFy Channel’s put out. 

Then there are the cameos. How many exactly is probably being determined by some nerd with nothing better to do on a Wednesday, but there are a lot. It’s almost like a Where’s Waldo movie if every semi-well known second and third tier actor was Waldo. Their not Waldo. I mean they could be if they had on red hats. No what I mean is…. a forget it. 

Point is – Lots of cameos. 

In the end the film earns most of it’s appeal from the passion and energy of Ian Ziering. He clearly believes in the franchise (probably because it reignited his acting career) and funnels all his talent into the movie, even when most of the other actors are clearly hamming it up. 

Summary – Yea it’s fun. Yea it’s stupid. Yea it’s got less Tara Reid than the first, which is a plus. 

Q: Seriously?
A: What??! You some kind of elitist film prick? Live a little. 

Q: Seriously????
A: I know, I know. Wife made me watch it. Okay?

Sharknado 2 – Well It Wasn’t As Bad As A Kick In The Dick

Sharknado 2 new york gets devoured
Wow! What a crazy ass movie. I mean seriously, the development executives really threw caution to the wind and decided their careers didn’t matter. Why would they?

Based on the extreme popularity of the first film the sequel is guaranteed to make a cruise liner full of cash.  Just look at how many tweets were sent using the hashtag #Sharknado2. About a gazillion. 

Look the movie is just plan fun. Special Effects aren’t great but they’re better than anything else SciFy Channel’s put out. 

Then there are the cameos. How many exactly is probably being determined by some nerd with nothing better to do on a Wednesday, but there are a lot. It’s almost like a Where’s Waldo movie if every semi-well known second and third tier actor was Waldo. Their not Waldo. I mean they could be if they had on red hats. No what I mean is…. a forget it. 

Point is – Lots of cameos. 

In the end the film earns most of it’s appeal from the passion and energy of Ian Ziering. He clearly believes in the franchise (probably because it reignited his acting career) and funnels all his talent into the movie, even when most of the other actors are clearly hamming it up. 

Summary – Yea it’s fun. Yea it’s stupid. Yea it’s got less Tara Reid than the first, which is a plus. 

Q: Seriously?
A: What??! You some kind of elitist film prick? Live a little. 

Q: Seriously????
A: I know, I know. Wife made me watch it. Okay?

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