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John Carpenter

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Dark StarDark Star (1974)
Dir. John Carpenter
Feat. Brian Narelle, Dre Pahich, Carl Kuniholm
Directing debut of Carpenter contains that renegade spirit that is so often lost further down career paths. With ALIEN scribe Dan O'Bannon, he forges…
Assault On Precinct 13Assault On Precinct 13 (1976) Recommended
Dir. John Carpenter
Feat. Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston
A deserted urban jail comes under siege by a ruthless gang in this contemporary reworking of RIO BRAVO.┬áThe pin–drop atmosphere is intensified…
HalloweenHalloween (1978) Aro Favourite
Dir. John Carpenter
Feat. Jamie Lee Curtis
Landmark horror film is distinguished by direction that gives a constant sense of impending doom, yet provides constant surprises – unlike the…
Elvis Elvis (1979) Recommended
Dir. John Carpenter
Feat. Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters, Bing Russell
Made just two years after Elvis's death, the king of rock 'n' roll's life is traced from dirt poor beginnings to becoming the most loved entertainer…
Fog, TheFog, The (1980)
Dir. John Carpenter
Feat. Adrienne Barbeau, Hal Holbrook, Janet Leigh
A curse, put on a Californian coastal town by shipwrecked sailors, is fulfilled when bank of fog, concealing vengeful ghouls, rolls in from the sea.…
Escape from New YorkEscape from New York (1981) Recommended
Dir. John Carpenter
Feat. Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine
1997 New York is a huge maximum–security prison where the President's plane just happens to crash! Futuristic actioner notable for its sardonic…
Thing, TheThing, The (1982) Aro Favourite
Dir. John Carpenter
Feat. Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Richard Dysart
Kurt Russell headlines this remake of the 1951 film about an Antarctic outpost terrorized by an alien organism. Dir. John Carpenter cranks up the…
ChristineChristine (1983) Recommended
Dir. John Carpenter
Feat. Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul
A persecuted teen finds unlikely kinship in a girl with a diff – a demonically–charged 1958 Plymouth that indulges in dispatching…
StarmanStarman (1984)
Dir. John Carpenter
Feat. Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith
Jeff Bridges plays an alien trying to recover his spaceship on Earth with the help of young widow Karen Allen. Entertaining fantasy–drama.
Big Trouble in Little ChinaBig Trouble in Little China (1986)
Dir. John Carpenter
Feat. Kurt Russell
High–tech, tongue–in–cheek adventure in which Kurt Russell kicks butt in Chinatown.

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