Episode 015- You Can’t Argue With a Confident Man: John Carpenter

Coppola, Scorsese, Friedkin, Altman, Penn, Bogdanavitch, Spielberg…


You’re damn right.

All of these directors earned their place in Cinema History.

Each of them made at least one great movie that made an impact where the film changed the direction of how movies look and feel.

Each of them influenced a new generation of film directors.

And yet, John Carpenter rarely gets included in lists or conversations that also include the other maverick filmmakers of the 1970’s.

And John Carpenter changed the course of the horror film not once, but TWICE.

Once, to great acclaim.

Once to great condemnation.

Listen: art is art and a good movie is a good movie no matter what the source material might be.

In this episode, I talk about John Carpenter’s contributions to great movies and great art, and those two times that not only altered the course of horror films, but also altered his career and his legacy.

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John Carpenter


The Thing


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  1. At 12 min. you attribute the alternating close-up technique to Dziga Vertov, and not the true originator — Lev Kuleshov. In fact, the technique is named The Kuleshov Effect. These experiments were done well before Vertov was making films. Vertov was an amazing editor, no doubt, and heavily influenced by Kuleshov, as were other Russian filmmakers of the time.

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