Listen Share by Tim Greiving Oct, 19 Morning Edition John Carpenter center directed and wrote the score for the horror classic Halloween, and wrote the score for its sequel. The boogeyman from the Halloween movies has returned to terrorize Laurie Strode — played again by Jamie Lee Curtis — exactly 40 years after the original film was released.
Although usually misunderstood and under appreciated by audiences and film critics alike, John Carpenter has created some of the most intense, imaginative, influential and successful horror films in cinema history.
Consider for example Halloweenone of the most profitable independent films ever made. This one film spawned seven sequels, countless imitations, and ignited the slasher-film boom that flourished and dominated the horror film industry during the late s and early s.
Regardless of their subject matter, the films directed by John Carpenter are characterized by his mastery of the cinematographical craft, and by the showcasing of engaging narratives that convey a profound commentary on the many social, racial, gender and sexual anxieties of our modern world.
From an early age, Carpenter showed a strong interest in films and filmmaking.
The westerns directed by Howard Hawks and John Ford, as well as the many low budget science fiction films from the s, had a strong influence on him during his youth. His father, an established musician, also influenced him in the development of his musical skills.
Dark Star is a science fiction film that tells the story of four astronauts on a mission to destroy unstable worlds, with the hope of making future space exploration and colonization a safer venture. Dark Star is remarkable for being one of the first films to portray a postmodernist futuristic environment, years before the arrival of Alien Ridley Scott, and Blade Runner Ridley Scott, Besides showcasing a radically new type of setting for a space opera film, Dark Star has a smart and highly imaginative plot.
As a student film, with a very limited budget and a relatively inexperienced crew, Dark Star was an incredibly challenging film to make from a technical perspective. Nevertheless, the film was successfully completed and received a limited theatrical release.
It became an instant cult classic and was welcomed with overall positive reviews from critics and audiences, but most importantly, it heralded John Carpenter as a clever, creative and resourceful filmmaker.
Assault on Precinct 13 depicts the story of a police station under siege by a ruthless and vicious gang. A rookie policeman, an enigmatic prisoner on his way to death row, a catatonic man, and a reliable woman are among the characters that have to endure, during the course of an entire night, a brutal assault carried out by a group of faceless aggressors.
For this low-budget, independent film, Carpenter enjoyed a great degree of creative control, which allowed him to craft an extremely violent, but highly stylized, fable of urban violence.
As a matter of fact, this is one of the few films that graphically portray a young child being shot. In all of his films, Carpenter takes full advantage of this widescreen format to create stylish setups and elegant frame compositions that present to the audience a clear layout of the space where the cinematic action is taking place.
At the same time, Carpenter has an inclination for highly economical camera setups and movements, which tend to maximize the development of the narrative. Finally, but no less important to note, Assault on Precinct 13 features a rhythmic electronic soundtrack composed and performed by John Carpenter himself, who has created the score for most of his films.
Enjoying full creative control, Carpenter produced a powerful narrative that explores the repressed sexuality of the young sitter, and the violence she ends up exerting on her attacker. Visual highlights of the film include the gradual emergence of the white masked killer from the shadows and the ubiquitous subjective point of view shots of the killer at the beginning of the film.
However the real achievement of Carpenter, as a director and as a storyteller, was to create a memorable and truly frightening viewing experience. The success of Halloween established the reputation of John Carpenter as a director able to produce a high quality film on a modest budget.
After the unquestionable financial success of Halloween, John Carpenter was given the opportunity to handle productions involving much larger budgets. Fortunately he was able to retain a high degree of creative control in these projects. In he directed The Fog, an atmospheric and beautifully photographed ghost story where the supernatural entities are the product of the cultural guilt of a small town community.
The plot is at its roots a western, greatly indebted to the work of Sergio Leone and Howard Hawks. However the originality of Escape From New York lies in its daring central concept of depicting Manhattan as a grim and dangerous high security prison.
Carpenter showcased in this film a fascist, brutal, bleak and nihilistic future where freedom and civil rights are totally absent, even outside the penal complex.Oct 30, · SUBSCRIBE FOR MORE!
10 Dark Theories About the Halloween Movie Franchise That Will Keep You Up At Night - Duration: Screen Rant , views. Composed by John Carpenter for the film that he also directed, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more chilling and more recognizable horror orchestration.
That’s why fans are excited to hear what John Carpenter does as the composer of the soundtrack for the upcoming Halloween sequel where he worked with recent solo album collaborators . More recently, Rob Zombie has produced and directed Halloween, a re-imagining of John Carpenter's film.
It was released in , and spawned a sequel two years later. Carpenter returned to the director's chair in for an episode of Showtime's Masters of Horror series as one of the thirteen filmmakers involved in the first season.
Analysis of Halloween Film Trailer I have decided to look at a trailer that was filmed in called Halloween directed by John Carpenter. The purpose of the trailer is to tease the audience into wanting to see the film but also to identify genre through conventions and create opinions in the audiences mind.
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With a focus on Pre's horror. Posts contain simulated violence created by the film industry. Home Movie Index My Edits About Archive . ‘Halloween’ is a teenage slasher horror film so it contains conventions of a teenage slasher horror film: dark lighting, quite neighbourhood, teenage victims, etc.
‘Scream’ isn’t purely a teenage horror film as it is a hybrid film, and it is a mixture of the genres. It is a mixture of teenage slash horror, thriller and parody.