John Carpenter

Sept. 20, 2011 | 11:47 a.m.

‘The Thing’ comic debut: Steve Niles talks horror, John Carpenter

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. In time for the latest big-screen incarnation of “The Thing,” which hits theaters Oct. 14, Dark Horse Comics is releasing a digital comic set in the same universe — “The Thing: The Northman Nightmare.” The first installment of the 29-page book, written by Steve Niles with artwork by Patrick Reynolds, goes live Wednesday on Dark Horse’s website, but Hero Complex readers get a sneak peek at the first eight pages, above. Niles, best known for his comics “30 Days of Night” and “Criminal Macabre” (and more recently for his vampire expertise on the vamps vs. zombies “Deadliest Warrior” finale), has his hands full these days. His latest comic, “Criminal Macabre: No Peace for Dead Men,” just hit shelves. He’s writing “30 Days” again after a nine-year hiatus. […]
Nov. 13, 2010 | 3:59 p.m.

‘The Thing’ prequel pulled from Universal release slate

Over at our sister blog, Company Town, there’s some news that makes it sound as if “The Thing” prequel is getting a frosty reception at Universal… The Universal Pictures slate is getting a little cloudy. The studio has decided to remove “The Thing,” its prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter science-fiction picture, from its scheduled April 29, 2011, opening, leaving the film without a release date. In its place, the studio has moved up “Fast Five,” the fourth sequel in the auto-racing “Fast & Furious” franchise from June 10 to the April slot. A studio spokeswoman said that “The Thing” was not yet ready and that the studio was very keen on the new “Fast & Furious” movie, citing the successful release of the franchise’s fourth film in April 2009. “The Thing,” which tracks the discovery of an alien craft in […]
Oct. 12, 2010 | 1:17 p.m.

NY ComicCon: ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘The Thing’ and M. Night Shyamalan’s pain

Michael Giltz was our man on the ground this past weekend at New York ComicCon and here’s his round-up report. New York ComicCon continues to grow by leaps and bounds and that was apparent this past weekend — especially Saturday — when you couldn’t find enough personal space at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to safely swing a lightsaber. On Friday, the venue on the far west side of midtown Manhattan was relatively navigable,  but the next day saw a massive line for badge pick-up and a crush of humanity (and possibly some extraterrestrials) that made it difficult to get your geek on. There remains one crucial difference between New York and the more famous San Diego expo with the similar name — the movie and TV talent level hasn’t reached critical mass yet at the East Coast edition;  the emphasis remains on comics.  That […]
Sept. 14, 2010 | 5:47 p.m.

‘The Ward’ and John Carpenter won’t give up the ghost

Mark Olsen caught up with John Carpenter to talk about his return to the scene with “The Ward.” Here’s an excerpt: John Carpenter needed a break. It was 2001, and his latest film, the outer space thriller “Ghosts of Mars,” had just flopped — at the box office and with critics. Creatively stymied and just plain exhausted by Hollywood and the moviemaking process, the director decided it was time to step away from the camera. “I’d always sworn to myself when it stopped being fun I’d stop, and it stopped,” Carpenter said over a recent lunch of pasta and Winstons in Beverly Hills. “I was really burned out. And it doesn’t help when your movie tanks.” Now, nearly 10 years on, Carpenter is back with a very different kind of ghost story. The 1960s set “The Ward,” which premiered at […]
Oct. 29, 2009 | 9:13 p.m.

Listen in on sound masters at the Academy’s ‘Horrorshow’

Continuing our countdown to Halloween is another Susan King special touting what will be a cool look by many of the creators of audible terror at some of film’s greatest scary tales — from 1925’s “The Phantom of the Opera” to “Poltergeist” and “The Thing.” Just spotlighting another event for fear-seeking fanboys and followers of classic Hollywood alike. — Jevon Phillips The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences explores the things that go boo  tonight at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. But don’t expect any scholarly examination of the use of sound in horror films at “The Sound Behind the Image III: Real Horrorshow!” “I think what it really amounts to is a … horror movie night in the doors with friends, pizza and some horror movies,” says the program host, veteran sound editor David E. Stone, who won an Oscar […]
Aug. 04, 2009 | 3:03 p.m.

John Carpenter’s ‘Starman,’ a visitor reconsidered

Next Tuesday (Aug. 11), “Starman” will be available for the first time on Blu-Ray. Dennis Lim went back to reevaulate the film and its director, John Carpenter, in this piece from the Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times. John Carpenter, who has not directed a feature film since “Ghosts of Mars” in 2001, seems to recede further into the margins of American pop culture with each passing year. Even in the more productive phases of his career, he was damned with faint praise, as a B-movie or horror specialist who never matched the promise of his breakthrough film, the slasher landmark ” Halloween.” This was not lost on Carpenter, who supposedly once observed that while he’s considered an auteur in Europe, “in the U.S., I’m a bum.” This month sees the Blu-ray release of the director’s “Starman” ( Sony […]
Feb. 04, 2009 | 12:02 a.m.

J.K. Rowling, Klingons and ‘Fringe,’ all in Everyday Hero headlines

Welcome to today’s edition of Everyday Hero, your roundup of hand-picked headlines from across the fanboy universe … A WEDDING GOWN WITH "FRINGE": Ah,  weddings always make me cry … especially when the groom is a dead counter-agent involved in a shadowy global conspiracy. I’m a big fan of "Fringe" and its star, Anna Torv, and apparently so is coy costar Mark Valley (whose name, by the way, keeps popping up when people discuss the film adaptation of certain Marvel Comics icon). Here’s the report from gossip writer Kristin Dos Santos: "A rep for Anna Torv has just confirmed to us that the ‘Fringe’ star secretly married Mark Valley, who plays her love interest on the Fox show. OK, ‘love interest’ may be simplifying things just a wee bit. Mark plays her ex-lover John Scott, who turned out to be […]
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