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Old 18-02-2012, 20:44
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The Fog is my all time favourite John Carpenter film.

I also like most of the films from his 1976-1988 run:

Assault on Precinct 13
Halloween
Escape from New York
The Thing
Christine
Big Trouble in Little China
Starman
They Live

Escape from L.A., Vampires and The Ward are also good.
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Old 18-02-2012, 20:46
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"The Thing" is excellent. But Carpenter seems to have lost his touch over
the last two decades.
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Old 18-02-2012, 20:52
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Halloween - without a doubt.

BUT!!!!!!

I love The Fog and The Thing. Have a soft spot for his Village of the Damned remake.
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Old 18-02-2012, 20:59
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Love VIrtually all his stuff but my favourites are...

The Thing
The Fog
They Live
Halloween
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Old 18-02-2012, 21:28
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The Thing
Escape from New York
The Fog
They Live
Halloween

Loved his movies with kurt russell,watching Vampires right now,its on sky.
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Old 18-02-2012, 21:39
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Has to be The Fog for me, I love that film, have watched it many times.
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Old 18-02-2012, 22:55
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Dark Star
They Live
The Thing
Escape from New York

Rest equal, except...

..way down last (at Plan Nine From Outer Space level) Big Trouble in Little China
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Old 18-02-2012, 23:15
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Halloween,but also remembr liking Starman when I saw it on TV.Seen Big Trouble... too,bit cheesy.There was also a computer game based on that film
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Old 18-02-2012, 23:29
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The Thing
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Old 18-02-2012, 23:34
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They live
The Thing
Langoliers..was that john carpenter too ?
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Old 19-02-2012, 01:02
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The Thing

Escape from New York

Assault on Precinct 13

Big Trouble In Little China


I think it has been a *very* long time since he last made anything good
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Old 19-02-2012, 01:51
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A tie between Halloween and Christine for me, I think.
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Old 19-02-2012, 01:53
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The Thing - it's a master class in how to build tension and to create atmosphere.
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Old 19-02-2012, 01:56
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Briliant
Assault on precinct 13
Halloween
The Fog
Escape from New York
The Thing

Good
Prince of Darkness
Christine
Star Man
Big Trouble in little China
They Live
In the mouth of madness
Vampires
The ward

Awful
Escape from L.A
Village of the damned
Memoirs of an invisible man
Ghosts of Mars
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Old 19-02-2012, 02:05
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In order of preference....

1/ The Thing
2/ They Live
3/ Big Trouble in Little China
4/ Assault on Precinct 13
5/ Prince of Darkness
6/ Starman
7/ Escape From New York

I haven't seen Dark Star yet so I can't rate it.

Never liked Halloween. Never liked The Fog.
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Old 19-02-2012, 10:29
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Christine
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Old 19-02-2012, 10:33
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I recently read Christine for the first time and as usual with novel to film transitions there's some big differences - but also many things exactly the same.

Need to re-watch the film but holding out for a Blu-ray release.
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Old 19-02-2012, 10:43
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Underrated i think.

Wasn't really expecting much with The Ward but was surprised. Forgettable but very good all the same.
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Old 19-02-2012, 12:27
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Tricky,

Assault is pretty damned gripping, Halloween trendsetting, the Thing eye-popingly intense but I'll go with Escape From New York which is as close to a live action 2000AD comic strip adventure as you'll ever see. I retain a very soft spot for this one. Pity about the sequel...
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Old 19-02-2012, 12:40
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Always had a soft spot for Big Trouble. Not sure why a lot of people don't like it, maybe because it was a departure from the horror/thriller genre he would normally work in.

I thought it was an interesting blend of genre's, bit of kung fu, bit of comedy, action, mystery etc. Kurt Russell was excellent and obviously realised the whole thing was not to be taken seriously and had an absolute blast sending himself up.

The only thing that dates it for me are the rubbers monsters. Like the score too.
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Old 19-02-2012, 12:55
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Halloween
Assault on Precinct 13
The Thing
Prince of Darkness
In the Mouth of Madness

btw - few have matched Prince of Darkness in the shaky-cam stakes, used here as a weird demonic/future vision with truly spine-tingling pay-off. A lovely touch - way ahead of its time - and a hugely underrated film too.
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Old 19-02-2012, 13:00
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Dark Star. Wth the argumentative bomb, & beach -ball alien that tickles people ........
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Old 19-02-2012, 15:32
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I recently read Christine for the first time and as usual with novel to film transitions there's some big differences - but also many things exactly the same.

Need to re-watch the film but holding out for a Blu-ray release.
John was asked in an interview recently about whether there are any plans to release some more of his films on Blu-ray and he said he hasn't been approached so would guess there aren't at the current time. I'm surprised "Christine" hasn't received a Blu-ray release like a lot his other classic films have.
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Old 19-02-2012, 17:52
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Escape from New York
The Thing

Escape from L.A

would have like to have seen Escape from Mars ,which would have been the next one
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Old 19-02-2012, 18:15
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It's got to be...
THE THING

A masterpiece
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