Halloween

Oct. 28, 2013 | 6:01 p.m.

‘Trick ‘R Treat’ director Michael Dougherty on cult horror, Halloween

A scene from "Trick 'R Treat." (Legendary)
The 2007 Halloween anthology “Trick ‘R Treat” is one of those underground cinematic favorites that has earned a more sizable following with each passing year, and on Monday, the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood plays host to a sold-out screening of the movie, followed by a Q&A with actors Dylan Baker and Brian Cox and the film’s writer-director, Michael Dougherty. Fans without tickets to the event can watch a live stream on Legendary Pictures’ Facebook page. Hero Complex caught up recently with Dougherty, who also wrote the screenplays for Bryan Singer’s “X-Men” sequel “X2″ and superhero outing “Superman Returns,” to chat about “Trick ‘R Treat’s” cult status and why it’s attained the longevity that it has. Hero Complex: “Trick ‘R Treat” has become a Halloween standard. This year, FearNet is even playing the movie around the clock. What was […]
May 25, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

John Carpenter: The Hero Complex interview [video]

John Carpenter, the legendary director of films including “Halloween,” “Escape From New York,” “The Thing,” “Starman,” “Big Trouble in Little China” and many more, isn’t one to hold back in conversation. Ask him about “They Live,” his subversive sci-fi flick that starred professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as the film’s blue-collar hero Nada, who discovers an alien conspiracy to mind-control the people of Earth using invisible messages, and he’ll admit that it’s his most political movie — his response to consumerism and class disparity in the 1980s. “By the end of the ’70s there was a backlash against everything in the ’60s, and that’s what the ’80s were, and Ronald Reagan became president, and Reaganomics came in,” Carpenter said at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, where he appeared for an onstage Q&A between sold-out screenings of “They Live” […]
May 11, 2013 | 1:14 p.m.

John Carpenter: ‘They Live’ was about ‘giving the finger to Reagan’

John Carpenter will be a guest of honor at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival May 10-12 in Hollywood. He'll appear on stage May 10 between screenings of "They Live" and "Halloween." (Los Angeles Times)
The Hero Complex Film Festival kicked off Friday evening with a 25th anniversary screening of “They Live,” a 35th anniversary screening of “Halloween” and an onstage conversation with the filmmaker behind both movies, John Carpenter. Carpenter discussed his motivation in making “They Live,” a campy but subversive sci-fi flick that starred professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as the film’s blue-collar hero Nada, who discovers an alien conspiracy to mind-control the people of Earth using invisible messages. Carpenter called “They Live” his most political film and said it was his response to consumerism and class disparity in the 1980s. “By the end of the ’70s there was a backlash against everything in the ’60s, and that’s what the ’80s were, and Ronald Reagan became president, and Reagonomics came in,” Carpenter told the sold-out theater at the Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. […]
Oct. 28, 2012 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Saw,’ ‘Body Snatchers’ and more: Tour L.A.’s spookiest movie locales

Cary Elwes in the bathroom set in "Saw." (Lionsgate)
Los Angeles isn’t a city known to be particularly spooky. Sun, sand and movie stars, yes. Scary old castles, not as much. Nevertheless the City of Angels has hosted plenty of demons in its time. L.A. has been the location for countless horror movies that have managed to take even the most picturesque parts of Southern California and turn them into something sinister. Lovely downtown Sierra Madre has served as the backdrop for an alien invasion; a historic home in the West Adams district has housed a basement full of cannibals. Even a beautiful Malibu beach has welcomed a coven of witches performing an occult rite. PHOTOS: Horror movie locations around Los Angeles “Los Angeles is a unique mixture of aging buildings and bizarre natural settings,” said Harry Medved, author of “Hollywood Escapes,” a guide to film locations around Southern […]
Oct. 24, 2012 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Halloween': John Carpenter classic returns for theatrical run

'Halloween' (featured image)
Michael Myers, the masked silent Shape that emerged from the shadows of Haddonfield, Ill., to stalk generations of moviegoers, will return to theaters Thursday for a re-release of John Carpenter’s landmark 1978 horror film “Halloween,” just in time for the Oct. 31 holiday. Trancas International Films, in partnership with Compass International Pictures and Screenvision, will open “Halloween” in roughly 560 theaters in the U.S. and more in the United Kingdom this week, marking the widest release the film has had since its original run. With the 35th anniversary of “Halloween” arriving next year, it seemed the right time to resurrect Carpenter’s classic in a proper theatrical setting, according to Justin Beahm, Trancas’ vice president of licensing and new media. PHOTOS: ‘Halloween’ teens: Where are they now? “A majority of the people who are [fans of the franchise], most of them […]
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