Who do you think is the better composer: John Carpenter or James Horner? Before you cast your vote, listen to some of their scores and also consider the following:
Carpenter was an early adopter of synthesizers, since his film debut Dark Star.
He composed the music to most of his films, including Escape from New York, Halloween II, Prince of Darkness, and The Fog.
He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 Bram Stoker Awards.
He composed, conducted and orchestrated over 100 film scores.
He was best known for his work on Titanic, Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, and Field of Dreams.
He was nominated for ten Oscars and won two (both for Titanic)
You have two days to vote - use the time to discuss in the comments and persuade people to your side!
edit: apparently this is an old story, I was merely shown it by someone & never double checked. Still neat though.
I got into a long conversation with my son about old games that truly freaked me out. One was Half-Life 2, and the other was "The Thing." He didn't know what I was talking about, so we started watching it together. Immediately, he understood how creepy the premise is. You're alone, isolated, and you only have like twelve people you can trust. Or you can't. Carpenter beautifully executes what terror is. It's a masterpiece. Such a great concept and really well done. This movie ages well.
Anyone else getting that?
I'm gonna have to say for me its The Thing. Such a Great remake and a great score and love Kurt Russell.
2nd I'd say belongs to The Fog because it just has that creep factor
NOTE: Consider this as taking place before Guardians of the Galxy Vol. 2
The Thing has absorbed and copied Ego the Living Planet, and acquired an insane amount of biomass in the process. Assuming does retain his powers and knowledge, can it find a way to assimilate the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Rules: It wins once it has taken so much biomass, it is impossible for any being to stop it (TOAA is not to be considered).
My playgroup had recently gone through the arms race phase of a group’s lifecycle, so i proposed that for Halloween that we make themed based decks as a change of pace. Sadly, we didn’t get to test them out, but I’m super proud of my deck list. The commander is [[Lazav, Dimir Mastermind]] and the deck theme is shapeshifters with a sub-theme of milling, for obvious Lazav reasons.
I only included cards that could be tied to the film (though I’ll admire some of them are grasping at straws).
Example: I made sure that the only shapeshifters included in the deck either depicted the original and the copy in the art, or had some kind of body horror duplicating the transformation.
The biggest reach (literally) is [[Drowned in the Loch]]. You might be thinking, “how does that fit into the Space Alien Shapeshifter theme?”
Well let me refer to the blood test scene from the film. There is a prop hand that is supposed to be Kurt Russel’s, when he presses the hot needle to the dish and the blood reacts and jumps out. If you redirect your attention back to the card, I think you’ll see the connection ;)
It was a blast to build, and feel free to ask questions about the card choices. I’d love to watch people guess the tough ones.
Edit: [[Anthroplasm]] and [[Volrath’s Shapeshifter]] have probably the perfect art, but they were literally the last two cards to get cut for less clunky options. Sad face, but I might put them back in if the deck operates well enough to include purely flavor cards.
Lotta cool interviews like these don't seem to get the buzz they deserve. Wish I remembered this around spooky month.
DAVE PORTNER: I’m a longtime fan of yours—as a musician and as a filmmaker. Let me ask you, how could I turn this interview into a great horror story?
JOHN CARPENTER: Well, somebody’s life would have to be in danger for it to be a horror story. Horror is a reaction; it’s not a genre.
When it comes to horror movies, and especially creature features, one of the most frustrating and over used tropes is when only the protagonist sees the monster and no one else believes them. Unless the movie is going for a head fake and legitimately commits to wanting you to question the protagonist’s frame of mind this just wastes time since you know by the start of the third act, everyone will believe them anyways.
This is not the case with The Thing however. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. In the three pivotal scenes regarding the alien, it’s initial reveal as the dog, when they catch it morphing into Bennings, and when they do the blood test, all the characters are present, so there’s no one to doubt what happens. This is great because by the end of the first act, the characters are already at a point that they wouldn’t reach until the third act in a lesser movie. To me, that’s why The Thing is a notch about the majority of horror films, it truly feels like an evolution of the formula that breaks new ground. Exploring the idea of paranoia and suspicion is so much more unique and interesting in this case than doubting your sanity. Such a smart move by screenwriter Bill Lancaster that Carpenter just nailed the execution of.
James Woods and Dani Baldwin are Vampire Hunters in Texas. They dress in black, talk fast, make the best 90's witty jokes, and beat everyone up. James Woods at one point asks the Padre if he got wood when he was beating him up for info in the scene prior. Dani Baldwin has to tie down a girl and strip her naked just to get her name. There are constant explosions, blood everywhere. One point a guy gets cut in half and the practical effects are great. Yet there were so many laughable moments, of unintentional hilarity. A guy in the most 90s party scene ever, is partying too hard and just takes a lamp and throws it out the window. Guns were blazing in every scene, James Woods curses every five seconds. Samuel Jackson would be upset by how many times Woods screamed MOTHER FUCKER! I legit thought Tarantino made it at one point. It's a little similar to Dusk till Dawn. I loved it, it's fantastically terrible in a 90s kind of way. The banter between Woods and the 'Master Vampire' was too good. "You want to bite my ass, would that make you happy?"
As we all know john carpenter is one of the best directors of the late 70's and 80's but out of all his films what would you say has the best score/soundtrack?
My fav would be escape from new york composed by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth
Hey all. Selling a few records. Trying to clear out some space a little at a time. Getting rid of doubles, variants, etc first. Message with any questions. Thanks!
Mindforce - Excalibur LP - Clear w/Brown swirl ---- $23 - played once NM/NM
Interpol - Turn On the Bright Lights LP ---- $100 - Newbury Comics edition - red translucent with black splatter - vinyl is NM (played once) but the cover is VG+/VG (some scuffs and small top seam split, insert also has seam split). But....if you have a different pressing you could swap the cover and insert and greatly increase the value! :) Selling this for $100 (this is $100 less than highest on discogs and $20 less than median). Pics on request.
John Carpenter's - The Fog - white w/ blue green swirl vinyl ---- $33 - Sealed - M/M - I accidentally bought two variants of The Fog so I'm selling one. Selling it a couple of bucks cheaper than the Waxwork site and Discogs. It's still sealed.
Magnitude - To Whatever Fateful End LP - Dark blue ---- $20 - NM/NM - Only opened to check color.
Wear Your Wounds - Rust On the Gates of Heaven LP - Navy blue/Light blue/Dark green mix ---- $22 - Sealed - M/M
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