@moondrake , all I know is this “Lo Pan” character comes out of thin air in the middle of a goddamn alley while his buddies are flying around on wires cutting everybody to shreds, and he just stands there waiting for me to drive my truck straight through him, with light coming out of his mouth!”
/giphy big trouble little china
@simplersimon - Halloween is the best constructed of his movies and really pretty decent for a slasher, it’s not the cartoon the rest of that franchise became. Big Trouble is my personal favorite but like all Carpenter’s films it’s a cult favorite for those of us who get a kick out of chop-socky buddy movies with over-the-top ambitions. If you have soft spot for violent politics, They Live would bookend nicely with your Billy Jack collection. Escape From New York is imho the best punk-apocalyptic film ever. The Thing is kind of a hot mess but if you like gross-out effects it give David Cronenberg a serious run for his latex.
@simplersimon The are quite different in interesting ways, although some grotesquerie is a recurring theme. The Thing is a remake (kinda) that deals with a shape-shifting alien in a manner that makes it especially eerie and memorable.
Despite it’s low votes (so far), They Live is a really interesting take on commercialism and modern society, embedded in an “Aliens Among Us” motif that The Thing also shares.
@aetris I feel I need to mention I know the premise, and have even referenced, all of them. I just have never bothered to watch any of them. I don’t really watch much new stuff unless I am watching with someone, or it was given to me as a gift. But still, never really occurred to me that I was missing such a large list of famed films.
@simplersimon - If you can catch them, they’re all worth watching, and better than most other B movies. I agree with @dude about They Live, though imho it has some AMAZINGLY stupid sequences, quite apart from the whole idea of a “Them” who it’s OK to shoot on sight…
@ruouttaurmind don’t think I have seen the invisible man film (had to look it up & btw Chevy Chase/Daryl Hannah (looks like a great cast)) was overseas at the time and don’t think this one made it to Japan. but looking over his history Carpenter has been all over the place.
@RiotDemon@therealjrn I agree completely. I’m a big fan of the Langoliers. Both the written story and, yes, even the movie. But it was very difficult to put on the screen, particularly at it’s time of release.
This was a tough poll. So many great movies by this marvelous man.
I mostly chose They Live because some friends in The Tomb of Nick Cage, made a song, and video, about the movie. Check them about if you want to know about conspiracies, aliens, cryptids, legends and maybe some bluegrass.