It’s hard to put into words just how much of an influence John Carpenter has been to all of us at Beyond Fest but it is down to me to try and do so.
From his humble beginnings (winner an Oscar whilst still at film school!) until the present day where he is pushing the boundaries of comics and furthering his own filmic creations (Big trouble in Little China) John Carpenter has not only inspired and entire generation of filmmakers and fans alike but has created some of the biggest hits the horror world has ever known.
He redefined the monster movie with ‘The Thing’ and with ‘Halloween’ he virtually invented the blueprint for American horror that followed over the last 40 years – but let’s not hold that against him!
Halloween is an exercise in sheer terror that not only holds up over repeated viewings but has barley dated (apart from Jamie Lee Curtis’ flares), the woozy off time 4/5 time signature of the main theme completely throws you during the opening titles and Dean Cundy’s amazing cinematography revels in the autumnal palate of Carpenter’s fictional Haddonfield, combining to create a truly unsettling experience.
I think I speak for all the BF team when I say that without John Carpenter none of us would be so heavily into our genre movies and personally I still pinch myself every day that John supplied us with sleeve-notes for our definitive reissues of his scores on vinyl.
Director: John Carpenter
Egyptian Theatre: Hulu Screen