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Halloween
82
25.95%
The Thing
118
37.34%
The Fog
3
0.95%
Escape From New York
19
6.01%
Big Trouble in Little China
56
17.72%
Assault on Precinct 13
7
2.22%
They Live
14
4.43%
Starman
4
1.27%
In the Mouth of Madness
6
1.90%
Other ( Please List)
7
2.22%
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Favorite John Carpenter Film?

Old 11-17-05, 01:02 AM
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Favorite John Carpenter Film?

I've only seen the thing, so what is his best film?
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The Thing is my favorite too, but In the Mouth of Madness is a close 2nd.
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Assault: Because of the chain tripping and the breach/hammerlock on a broomhandle through an ice cream cone into the little girl. Plus, ass whoopin' anti-physics.

I might consider In the Mouth of Madness, but at no point in the credits do they appreciate Lovecraft. Even though they pay numerous homage(s) in the flick. Nuts to that!

They Live, Big Trouble in Little China and The Thing will always be there. I cannot leave these. (Ironically, The Thing is his most Lovecraft type movie, resembling the Color Out of Space.) I know it was based on Who Goes There?, but I haven't read that one yet.

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The Thing
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Also voted for THING
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Another vote for The Thing.
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The Thing by far.
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Every film listed in the poll has some truly amazing things going for it, but I voted other for Prince of Darkness. I think it does a great job of showing what Carpenter can do when he's back to having a small budget. Those video/dream sequences still give me the chills.

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You people are nuts. Halloween is by far Carpenter's greatest film. A close second would be Escape from Ny and They Live.
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While I'm a fan of The Thing, They Live, The Fog, and Escape From New York, I just can't deny my love for Big Trouble In Little China.
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Halloween and The Thing are tied for me.
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In Order
1) Prince of Darkness
2) Assault on Precinct 13
3) The Thing
4) Halloween
5) Starman
6) Ghosts of Mars
7) The Fog
8) Christine
9) They Live
10) Vampires

Garbage
Village of the Damned
Memoirs of an Invisible Man
Big Trouble in Little China
Old 11-17-05, 06:43 AM
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I am sad to say I have only watched Assault on Precinct 13.

I'm glad to say, I have so many good movies to watch
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Big Trouble In Little China
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Thing, then Escape, the Halloween
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Big Trouble in Little China is just pure fun and it's #1 for me, but Halloween, The Thing, Escape From NY, Prince of Darkness, They Live, and In The Mouth of Madness are all close behind.
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It'll never win, since DVDTalk is drowning in its own testosterone pool, but the closest thing to an A-list film Carpenter's ever done, the only one that beats with a real human heart and has a tangible sense of profundity to the script is STARMAN. I love much of Carpenter's work in the '70s and '80s, but this is the only one that really makes it clear that the man was often slumming it and, if so inspired, could have made a career of really great, meaningful films.
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I voted The Thing, but I will watch and rewatch anything with Carpenter's name on it (except that atrocious The Fog remake). I get what you're saying, Filmmaker, but I dig Carpenter for his signature style. Starman is obviously his most mainstream work, along with Memoirs, and while an excellent film deserving of much praise it just didn't feel like a Carpenter film. It's as though he said, "This time I'm gonna step out of myself and channel Bob Zemeckis with a dash of John Landis."

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What, no love for Christine around here?
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Originally Posted by AGuyNamedMike
I get what you're saying, Filmmaker, but I dig Carpenter for his signature style. Starman is obviously his most mainstream work, along with Memoirs, and while an excellent film deserving of much praise it just didn't feel like a Carpenter film. It's as though he said, "This time I'm gonna step out of myself and channel Bob Zemeckis with a dash of John Landis."
I'm not sure I follow; other than the dark edginess of most of his other work, the only things I would consider "Carpenter's signature" are a pulsing synth score and a masterful use of Panavision image framing. Both are present in STARMAN, so I can only conclude it didn't feel like Carpenter to you because it was uplifting, rather than misanthropic...
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What, no love for Christine around here?
Apparantly not.

Anyway, for me it's a toss-up between Assault on Precinct 13 and Halloween (voted Assault).
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Halloween is the best film Carpenter has ever made. And it's also my favorite.

The Thing would be #2.
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STARMAN would be tops for me.

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and THEY LIVE follow closely.
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When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, looks you crooked in the eye and asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."
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I enjoy most of these movies, but "Halloween" has to be my favorite.

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