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The Films of John Carpenter

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The films of John Carpenter cover a tremendous range and yet all bear his clear personal stamp. From the horrifying (Halloween) to the touching (Starman) to the controversial (The Thing) to the comic (Big Trouble in Little China), his films reflect a unique approach to filmmaking and singular views of humanity and American culture. This analysis of Carpenter's films ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published March 2nd 2005 by McFarland & Company (first published 2000)
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Ryan Splenda
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's wonderful to see a film criticism book devoted to one of the greatest "masters of horror," John Carpenter. Although I just pigeonholed him into that specific genre, we must also thank him for numerous sci-fi (Escape From New York, Starman) and action/adventure (Assault on Precinct 13, They Live) works as well. John Muir passionately defends Carpenter's standing as an auteur, and ultimately finds some positive aspect in all of his films (including the duds). Two key things stand out in this ...more
David Keep
When it was good it was very good

A patchy look at a personal favourite of mine but flawed. The book only goes as far as 1998 and, while Carpenter has done little since, the lack of an update is a shame as is the omission of Elvis. The rest of the book is beautifully written and insightful
Daniel Gaddy
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This was very much like reading a high school textbook. Good information, but a little formulaic.
Carlos Marin
Decente no es suficiente.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
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What a let down. I'm a huge John Carpenter fan, but obviously not as much of a fan as the author. This book read like a combination of IMDB, Wikipedia and a rabid Carpenter fan. If I hadn't seen any other movies but Carpenters, or none at all, I'd walk away from this book thinking that all that came before Carpenter was weaker than his take and that everything good that followed in motion pictures was derivative of, or worse, than Carpenter's films. The only films he disliked, but still found ...more
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A decent overview of Carpenter's films up until, and including, Vampires, giving each one a thorough examination and fitting it within the wider context of Carpenter's work.
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Walking down memory lane when John Carpenter was a name to be reckoned with and his new movie like Escape from New York and The thing was something to look forward too.
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John Kenneth Muir (born 1969) is an American literary critic. He has written as of 2010 twenty-one reference books in the fields of film and television, with a particular accent on the horror and science fiction genres. He has been described as one of the horror genre's "most widely read critics", and as an "accomplished film journalist".

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