The American Cinematheque offers three nights of thrills and chills with "Escape Artist: A Tribute to John Carpenter," a series of double features. The acclaimed filmmaker will appear in person to discuss his work during Friday's bill of "Escape From New York" and "Escape From L.A." Saturday continues with "They Live" and "Big Trouble in Little China," and Sunday wraps with "The Thing" and "Halloween." Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. $11 per night. (323) 466-3456. http://www.egyptiantheatre.com.