Monday, 4 August 2008
Growing up, John Carpenter was a complete hero of mine. Halloween, Assault From Precinct 13, The Fog, Escape From New York, The Thing, Dark Star, Christine, Starman, Prince of Darkness, They Live, Big Trouble In Little China. The man could do no wrong. (I remember writing a fan letter to him — the only one I have ever written, I believe — and got a signed photo in the post.) He was the master of the B movie. And then something happened. Suddenly, around the time of Memoirs Of An Invisible Man, Carpenter stopped making good movies. In The Mouth Of Madness had some creepy moments but Escape From LA, Vampires, Ghosts Of Mars, the Village Of The Damned remake were all faintly embarrassing, especially coming from the director of The Thing. He's been in movie jail of late, dabbling in TV with a couple of episodes of Masters of Horror but his return to big screen movie making has been mooted for some time, and now comes news that he's teaming with Nic Cage on a prison thriller called Scared Straight. Now, I haven't warmed to anything starring Cage for a long time, and so this could be a disaster on so many levels, but the fan in me is praying and hoping that Carpenter comes good again.