– This is how you make a student film. It’s cheap but a fun sci-fi flcik with help from Dan O’Bannon
Assault on Precinct 13
– A western in modern day (modern in ’76) Los Angeles. The parking lot where the bad guys take cover outside the police station is near my home.
– South Pasadena substitutes for Indiana. And which part of Indiana has the mountains?
– Flawed but still not bad. The opening sequence around the town is pretty good. On a side note, I worked with a girl who was one of the kids sitting around the campfire, listening to ghost stories from Professor Kingsfield
Escape from New York
– Maybe the best thing Kurt Russell ever did (that’s not a dig, he’s been great other times). Useless trivia: The crazy, big haired Romero
is the same guy who shot the girl
from Witch Mountain
in Assault On Precinct 13
, and gave Albert Brooks
a quote in Broadcast News
– Great and unappreciated at its time. E.T.
ruined dark and depressing sci fi for everyone that year (just ask Blade Runner
). Dean Cundey
‘s cinematography still holds up, unlike Daviau
‘s work on E.T.
which seems dated (and was Oscar nominated). And how the fuck does Quest For Fire
beat Rob Bottin
for best makeup? Ron Perlman is
his own makeup.
– Carpenter going outside his element for the first time, and doing a pretty good job. It’s hard to say Jeff Bridges
was robbed come Oscar time, since F. Murray Abraham
handed in the best performance he’s ever (or will ever) given. I fear the inevitable remake with Shia the Beef
and Ellen Page
(where she weeps over the You Tube
video of them performing the Thriller
Big Trouble in Little China
– John’s last hurrah. There was studio interference and Carpenter vowed to never work for one again. Last pairing with Dean Cundey
(he went off to work with Spielberg, so Dean probably got the better end of the split (until Spielberg dumped his ass in favor of Janusz
, and now Dean gets to do prestige films like Garfield