Welcome Michael Myers back home with John Carpenter's new Halloween theme

David Gordon Green’s Halloween reboot—which ignores the sequels and brings back original star Jamie Lee Curtis—won’t be silently stalking its way into theaters until next month, but it’s never too early to start preparing for the arrival of Michael Myers. Some Halloween fans might just want to make sure they have a…

David Gordon Green’s Halloween is just another inferior Michael Myers rampage

The best thing about the latest, 11th by a comprehensive count, and (let’s be honest here) probably not final Halloween movie is John Carpenter’s new score. The director-composer has returned to the franchise to offer a fresh arrangement of the iconic tinkle of piano he laid down for his 1978 slasher masterpiece, and…

Looks like that Big Trouble In Little China remake won't be a remake after all

When last we heard tell of Dwayne Johnson’s Big Trouble In Little China remake nearly two years ago, original director John Carpenter expressed oodles of ambivalence while lamenting that “nobody’s told me anything” about a revamp of his 1986 cult classic. Meanwhile, Kurt Russell, star of the original film, raised an…

John Carpenter would like to dispute Rotten Tomatoes' claim that he is dead

John Carpenter is done with directing movies. He doesn’t even really like to discuss his old movies, preferring instead to talk about video games and play one-handed keyboard all day. But while he’s largely moved on to a second career as a touring musician who sometimes dabbles in TV and comic books, he is, we are…

John Carpenter loves Sonic The Hedgehog, even the crappy one where he's a werewolf

We’ve known for a while now that John Carpenter, the legendary director of films like Halloween and The Thing, is a big video game fan. And it’s not just horror, although he has praised The Evil Within and Dead Space (the latter of which owes a tremendous debt to The Thing). He loves Borderlands and Assassin’s Creed,…

The Thing shows how non-metaphoric monster movies come down to craft

Not all great horror stories are “about” something, in the sense that their monster (or monster equivalent) functions as a metaphor for a non-supernatural fear. But this is a quality a lot of consensus masterpieces share. The horror genre is uniquely suited to commentary and social criticism, and the stories lacking…

St. Vincent, Beck (finally), Wu-Tang, and more albums to expect this October

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to review sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

Scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis is coming home to the Halloween franchise

John Carpenter recently gave Danny McBride and David Gordon Green his blessing to make a new Halloween movie, one that’s more scary than funny, with a twisted killer who’s still decidedly less immortal than his predecessor. But Carpenter, who established the franchise in 1978, will still executive produce along with…

John Carpenter is apparently directing a TV pilot written by David Hayter

David Hayter is a screenwriter who wrote the first two X-Men movies and Watchmen, but to video game nerds, he’s more famous as the voice of superspy Solid Snake from the Metal Gear series. Given his experience as a gruff loner who prefers to speak only in puzzled reactions to exposition dumps, then, you’d think he’d…