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Book Review: 'Shock Value' Is The Must-Read Film Book Of The Summer

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 5, 2011 1:57 AM
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Much has been written about the film revolution that took place during the 1970’s – when the studio system crumbled in inconceivable ways and a brood of bold young filmmakers, most of them wily, many of them bearded, forever changed the landscape of the film industry. But far less has been written about the seismic shift in genre films during the same period. Thankfully, Jason Zinoman, a crack film writer for the New York Times (he did last weekend’s great John Carpenter profile), has come forward to present a compelling and well researched look at those films in “Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror.”

Trailer: John Carpenter's 'The Ward' Is Filled With Hot Babes (And That Dude From 'Mad Men')

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 6, 2011 9:27 AM
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Today we have our first full look at John Carpenter's "The Ward," the first film from the horror god since "Ghosts of Mars" back in 2001. This is the U.K. trailer, so when they say "Experience Terror From The Master" and then credit him as the man behind only "Halloween," we can only assume our good folks in England haven't yet experienced "The Thing," "Assault on Precinct 13," "Big Trouble in Little China" or "They Live." You poor limey bastards.

John Carpenter To Direct Comic Adaptation 'Darkchylde'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2010 9:26 AM
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First Look At 'Trespass'; New Films From Jennifer Lynch, Dennis Iliadis & Niels Arden OplevEven though "Fangland" with Hilary Swank seems to have fallen apart, John Carpenter seems well on his way with a new project, an adaptation of the comic "Darkchylde." Created by Randy Queen, the comics follow "a young girl named Ariel Chylde who regularly sheds her skin and turns into her deepest, darkest nightmares." Richard Taylor of WETA recently dropped some test footage from the film (which you can watch below) and indicated they hope to get things going on the film within the year. We've never really paid much attention to the comic, and considering Carpenter hasn't made a film worth caring about in over a decade (this year's "The Ward" was dead-on-arrival at TIFF) we're finding it difficult to muster up too much excitement about this one. But in case dorks start complaining about the CGI in the WETA clip, it's test footage guys, nothing close to final, so relax.

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