October 17, 2005 |
Studios routinely skip advance screenings of movies deemed risky or pointless to show critics, but "The Fog" needn't have been one of them. Yes, the fog itself looks pretty cheesy, as do the zombie-like mariners who inhabit it in their century-old quest for revenge. And the script from Cooper Layne contains your typical horror-flick lines that overstate the obvious, like: "That guy gives me the creeps," and, "Nick, ever since I came home, horrible things have been happening."
October 14, 2005
The horror film "The Fog," starring Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, Rade Sherbedgia and DeRay Davis, also opens today in general release. Because Sony Pictures did not make the movie available for advance screenings, the review will appear in Monday's Calendar.
October 13, 2000 |
Tonight, director John Carpenter and the cast of the original 1978 hit slasher film "Halloween" will get together at the Egyptian Theater to view a new print and reminisce about the making of the film. The event is sold out. Carpenter made his reputation with that movie and went on to direct such horror flicks as "In the Mouth of Madness," "Village of the Damned" and various "Halloween" sequels. Carpenter says he is "doing exactly what I wanted to do when I got into this business."
August 25, 2000 |
Investigators on Thursday identified Jonathon David Bruce as the assailant who broke into a farmhouse, terrorized five children who were home alone and stabbed two of them to death with a pitchfork before he was shot to death by deputies. Three girls, including one who was bleeding from puncture wounds, escaped through windows during the Wednesday attack and called 911. "It's such a shock," the children's teary-eyed father, John Carpenter, said Thursday. "You keep pinching yourself.
October 30, 1998 |
Twenty years ago John Carpenter came up with "Halloween," which became a classic, but for this Allhallows Eve his savage horror comedy "Vampires" is more trick than treat, and more trash than anything else. It's so ludicrous--every scene is a sendup, intentionally or otherwise--that it would seem that Carpenter is making an all-out attempt at what he surely knows to be impossible: to drive a stake through the entire vampire genre.
October 30, 1998 |
In the rank epistemology of vampire lore, bar-hopping doesn't loom as a dominant trait. But times change, and so do vampires. At the movies these days, chances are you'll find the sun-starved scamps skulking at the local nightclub, if they're not moping, that is, or plotting to take over the world--the other dominant modern-day vampire modes.
October 16, 1998 |
"Here, I want you to have these," says movie director John Carpenter, after I tell him about my vampire fixation. (I have explained to him that, as a kid, I used to tie a bath towel around my neck and take naps in a cardboard box.) In my hand, Carpenter has placed two very long and pointy vampire teeth--roots intact--props used in the upcoming film "John Carpenter's Vampires." How cool is that? To many, Carpenter--writer, director, composer and horrormeister--is the modern-day titan of terror.
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September 11, 1998
John Henry Carpenter, 70, who was acquitted of charges that he killed "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane. Carpenter was arrested in Carson in June 1992 for the 1978 slaying of Crane, his longtime friend. The actor had been bludgeoned to death in bed in Scottsdale, Ariz., at age 49. He was best known for playing Col. Robert Hogan in the comedy television series about World War II Allied prisoners in a German POW camp.
October 26, 1997 |
With this sleek and scary 1995 remake of the 1960 classic thriller of the same name, John Carpenter takes us to a beautiful Northern California coastal community. Just as we're beginning to envy the laid-back quality of life in this beautiful and picturesque village, we're stupefied to witness in an instant its every living creature losing consciousness and dropping in their tracks (ABC Thursday at 8 p.m.).