The Cinema Of John Carpenter

Author: Ian Conrich
Editor: Wallflower Press
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The aim of this book is to give John Carpenter's output the sustained critical treament it deserves. It comprises essays that address the whole of Carpenter's work as well as others which focus on a small number of key films.

The Cinema Of John Carpenter

Author: Ian Conrich
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Assault On The System

Author: Troy Howarth
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[STANDARD EDITION - SAME CONTENT AS THE COLOR EDITION, BUT WITH BLACK & WHITE INTERIOR] THERE'S MORE TO THE MASTER OF HORROR THAN MEETS THE EYE! His name is synonymous with horror thanks to the landmark hit HALLOWEEN (1978), but there's a lot more to John Carpenter than just that.Like so many, Carpenter found a much-needed escape from reality at the movies-and his love of the medium inspired him to start up his own fanzines when he was just a kid. He initially aspired to make westerns, but fate had other ideas in mind. Sooner than resist being typecast as a horror filmmaker, Carpenter embraced the moniker of "master of horror," all the while dipping in and out of the genre as he tried his hand at everything from sci-fi romps like THEY LIVE (1988) to gritty action thrillers like ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981) and romantic fantasies like STARMAN (1984). Carpenter's love of old school Hollywood, embodied in his passion for the films of Howard Hawks, inspired him to create a persona which eschews arthouse pretentions in favor of classical storytelling and craftsmanship. Working with budgets low and high, he always saw to it that his films looked and sounded as slick and professional as possible-and his use of anamorphic Panavision in virtually all of his theatrical features gives even the smallest of his films a larger-than-life pictorial allure. Carpenter doesn't specialize in real life: he specializes in movies-and all the artifice that entails. Then there's the music-that distinctive minimalist approach to synthesizer scoring which gives his films an even more unmistakable personality. As the son of an accomplished musician and music historian, Carpenter brought his flair for music, as well as his sense of timing, to bear on a variety of subjects. One of the constant themes running through Carpenter's work is a deep distrust of authority in its various forms. Early hopes of finding acceptance within the Hollywood system soon gave way to an understanding that he preferred being his own boss, working outside of the system in order to preserve the integrity of his vision. ASSAULT ON THE SYSTEM: THE NONCONFORMIST CINEMA OF JOHN CARPENTER charts Carpenter's trajectory from screenwriter-for-hire to director of low-budget oddities like DARK STAR (1974) to his meteoric rise and fall within the very system he came to distrust. All of Carpenter's films are analyzed in detail, including his forays into made-for-TV fare, and his various sideline projects as a writer, a composer, and a producer are also examined. Brand new interviews with Carpenter, his wife Sandy King-Carpenter, and actor Keith Gordon also help to provide a glimpse into the man, his methods, and what makes him tick.In addition, there are hundreds of eye-catching images, including theatrical posters, stills, behind the scenes shots, and more.The end result is a comprehensive celebration of one of America's great, yet oft-unsung auteurs, and a true independent spirit in his chosen medium. Guest essays by: Matty Budrewicz & Dave Wain, Lee Gambin, John Harrison, Randall D. Larson, Robert Russell LaVigne, Francesco Massaccesi, Paul Poet, and Nick Smith. Published by WK Books, publishers of Weng's Chop Cinema Megazine and Monster! Digest.

The Films Of John Carpenter

Author: John Kenneth Muir
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 0786493488
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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 includes a historical overview of his career, and in-depth entries on each of his films, from 1975’s Dark Star to 1998’s Vampires. Complete cast and production information is provided for each. The book also covers those films written and produced by Carpenter, such as Halloween II and Black Moon Rising, as well as Carpenter’s work for television. Appendices are included on films Carpenter was offered but turned down, the slasher films that followed in the wake of the highly-successful Halloween, the actors and characters who make repeated appearances in Carpenter’s films, and ratings for Carpenter’s work. Notes, bibliography, and index are included.

Order In The Universe

Author: Robert Cumbow
Editor: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0585383022
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An obscure independent filmmaker until Halloween (1978), John Carpenter has been applauded for his classic sense of compositions, yet reviled for his "B-film" sensibility. This second edition of the first book-length analysis finds in Carpenter's films a vision of a profound but unexpected order in the universe. The author analyzes Carpenter's early independent work, his made-for-television movies, his big Hollywood films (The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, Stephen King's Christine, Starman), his more recent independent work (Big Trouble in Little China, Prince of Darkness, They Live), and his contributions to films he did not direct. This edition fully updates the 1990 edition with attention to the films made since that date. With a chronology of Carpenter's career, a detailed filmography, photos, brief plot synopses, and a thorough index, this volume will be treasured by film scholars and fans alike.

Order In The Universe

Author: Robert C. Cumbow
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An obscure independent filmmaker until Halloween (1978), John Carpenter has been applauded for his classic sense of compositions, yet reviled for his _B-film_ sensibility. With a chronology of Carpenter's career, a detailed filmography, photos, brief plot synopses, and a thorough index, this volume will be treasured by film scholars and fans alike.

John Carpenter

Author: Colin Odell
Editor: Oldcastle Books
ISBN: 1842434985
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Tension. Fear. Exhilaration. Atmospheric synthesizers. You're in John Carpenter territory. One of the most iconic directors of American cinema John Carpenter has astonished audiences the world over with his tightly crafted horror, thriller and science-fiction films. Not just a director, Carpenter's talents also extend to writing the screenplays and soundtracks to many of his films. From the existential comedy classic Dark Star through to the terrifying smash hit Halloween, the taut siege of Assault on Precinct 13 to the visceral Vampires there's action and tension all around. But it's not all ghosts from The Fog or horrific mutations in The Thing, there's time for romance in the science-fiction road movie Starman and even for The King himself in the superior bio-pic Elvis - The Movie. John Carpenter's films are always memorable, distinctive and unashamed of their genre roots. The John Carpenter Kamera Book explores his films and his work as a director, composer, writer and producer. It examines Carpenter's influences and style and the films that have, in turn, been influenced by him. An indispensable guide to the ultimate cult auteur.

The American Horror Film

Author: Reynold Humphries
Editor: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748614165
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The various characters that recur in horror films - Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll, the Mummy, the Werewolf - are discussed, as are repeated themes such as the mad scientist, nuclear anxiety, psychological 'monsters', the living dead, and 'slasher' movies. Key directors including Jacques Tourneur, David Cronenberg, Roger Corman and Joe Dante are covered. The emphasis is on accessibility: while theory is included through reference to gender and politics, women's studies and psychoanalysis, it is introduced carefully and in direct relation to the films being discussed. No prior knowledge of the subject area is assumed. An extensive Filmography is included and reference is made at the appropriate point to the most pertinent writing on horror. Overall, this is an ideal introduction to the area for all students and general readers interested in the American horror film. Key Features Includes 10 film stills Covers major films such as King Kong, Little Shop of Horrors, Psycho, The Exorcist, The Omen and I Know What You Did Last Summer Only up-to-date textbook on the subject

The Cinema Of Sri Lanka

Author: Ian Conrich
Editor: Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN: 9781784534219
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Film production in Sri Lanka is exceptionally prolific and diverse. It has produced many more films than most other Commonwealth nations, despite this being a developing country that has seen many years of internal conflict. This is the first English language book to explore the extent of the vibrant but overlooked cinema of Sri Lanka. Written by two of the leading experts in the field, it takes a close look at individual films, while also explaining their wider contexts. Authors Ian Conrich and Vilasnee Tampoe-Hautin discuss Sinhalese and Tamil film; the influences of both Bollywood and Hollywood; popular cinema vs. art cinema; state regulation and control; cinema exhibition and distribution; cinema culture and consumption; fiction and documentary films. A range of relevant social, cultural, historical, and political issues are introduced, as key films are analysed in relation to regionalism and globalisation, postcolonialism, sexuality and gender. The Cinema of Sri Lanka is a pioneering book which fills a major gap in Asian film studies.

John Carpenter

Author: Michelle Le Blanc
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Pocket Essentials is a dynamic series of books that are concise, lively, and easy to read. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more. John Carpenter has been setting trends and exciting audiences for a quarter of a century. His first two features were a double-whammy virtually unparalleled in modern cinema—the urban re-working of Rio Bravo, Assault on Precinct 13, followed by the first and defining slasher movie, Halloween. Since then Carpenter has worked with low and big budgets, directed stars and unknowns, and enjoyed commercial success and suffered critical failure. But he has consistently produced a stream of entertaining, unpretentious movies some of which—particularly Escape from New York and The Thing—are now regarded as modern classics. In their Pocket Essential to John Carpenter, Michelle le Blanc and Colin Odell examine and analyze every film by this prolific director.

Breaking In

Author: Nicholas Jarecki
Editor: Broadway
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Presents a collection of interviews with such film directors as John Carpenter, Barry Sonnenfield, Edward Zwick, and John Schlesinger, offering candid advice on how to get started in the modern film industry.

The Cinema Of John Sayles

Author: Mark Bould
Editor: Wallflower Press
ISBN: 9781905674282
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Through discussion of films such as 'Return of the Secaucus 7', 'The Brother from Another Planet' 'Matewan' and 'Sunshine State', this study uncovers themes of racial and sexual otherness, capitalist excess and the erosion of community in the work of John Sayles.

Horror Zone

Author: Ian Conrich
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In his landmark Introduction to the American Horror Film, Robin Wood noted that horror "has consistently been one of the most popular and, at the same time, the most disreputable of Hollywood genres." Horror is still immensely popular but its assimilation into our culture continues apace. In Horror Zone, leading international writers on horror take horror out into the world beyond cinema screens to explore the interconnections between the films and modern media and entertainment industries, economies and production practices, cultural and political forums, spectators and fans. They critically examine the ways in which the horror genre functions in all its multifarious forms, for example the Friday the 13th films as modern grand guignol, the relationship between the contemporary horror film and the theme park ride, horror as art house cinema, connections between pornography and the horror film and the place of special effects in this most respectable of Hollywood genres.

The Charm Of Evil

Author: Wheeler W. Dixon
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Terence Fisher brought the modern Gothic horror film to life in the second half of the twentieth century. As director John Carpenter (Halloween) notes in his introduction, "Terence Fisher and The Curse of Frankenstein was the beginning of it all for the modern horror film..."

Dark Directions

Author: Kendall R. Phillips
Editor: SIU Press
ISBN: 0809330970
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A Nightmare on Elm Street. Halloween. Night of the Living Dead. These films have been indelibly stamped on moviegoers’ psyches and are now considered seminal works of horror. Guiding readers along the twisted paths between audience, auteur, and cultural history, author Kendall R. Phillips reveals the macabre visions of these films’ directors in Dark Directions: Romero, Craven, Carpenter, and the Modern Horror Film. Phillips begins by analyzing the works of George Romero, focusing on how the body is used cinematically to reflect the duality between society and chaos, concluding that the unconstrained bodies of the Living Dead films act as a critical intervention into social norms. Phillips then explores the shadowy worlds of director Wes Craven. In his study of the films The Serpent and the Rainbow, Deadly Friend, Swamp Thing, Red Eye, and Shocker, Phillips reveals Craven’s vision of technology as inherently dangerous in its ability to cross the gossamer thresholds of the gothic. Finally, the volume traverses the desolate frontiers of iconic director John Carpenter. Through an exploration of such works as Halloween, The Fog, and In the Mouth of Madness, Phillips delves into the director’s representations of boundaries—and the haunting consequences for those who cross them. The first volume ever to address these three artists together, Dark Directions is a spine-tingling and thought-provoking study of the horror genre. In analyzing the individual works of Romero, Craven, and Carpenter, Phillips illuminates some of the darkest minds in horror cinema.

The Cinema Of Roman Polanski

Author: John Orr
Editor: Wallflower Press
ISBN: 9781904764755
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Roman Polanski is one of the great maverick figures of world cinema, with a long career starting in Poland with his short films of the 1950s and running through to the present with Oliver Twist. This collection highlights the bold and dazzling diversity of his work as well as recurrent themes and obsessions.

The Phantom Of The Movies Videoscope

Author: Phantom of the Movies
Editor: Three Rivers Press (CA)
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The "Phantom of the Movies", aka Joe Kane, has been avidly watching "B" movies since the 1960s and chronicling their mainstreaming over the past decade. His new book contains 3,000 reviews of thrillers and action flicks, horror, camp and comedy classics, sexploitation, sci-fi, and westerns, and incorporates exclusive celebrity interviews with genre heavyweights Gary Oldham, Jackie Chan, and Pamela Grier, and directors John Waters and Wes Craven. 100 illustrations.

Necronomicon

Author: Andy Black
Editor: Noir Publishing
ISBN: 0953656454
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Continuing from the success of the first four Necronomicon books, volume five again seeks out controversial and transgressive cinema from around the globe. The dark underbelly of this tome reveals yet more perverse delights within cult, horror and erotic cinema. the cult film genre is still very popular with big budget releases such as Grindhouse 28, 28 Weeks Later and Hostel 2 showing with Residents Evil: Extinction, Rogue & Doomsday, all due at cinemas by December 07.

The Films Of Stephen King

Author: Michael R. Collings
Editor: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 0930261100
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A study of various King adaptations from "Carrie" to "Silver Bullet."

Schirmer Encyclopedia Of Film Criticism Idelogy

Author: Barry Keith Grant
Editor: Schirmer Books
ISBN: 9780028657936
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This reference source covers all aspects of the cinema, including film history, production, national cinemas, genre theory and criticism, and cultural contexts.