Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Over the weekend I received the exciting news from my film professor that John Carpenter is going to be visiting my school Friday to receive an honorary degree and will be meeting with students for a Q and A session. I must say the prospect of meeting Carpenter has me very excited and is ending an otherwise stressful semester on a very high note.
Carpenter and his his films are major favorites of mine and I can't imagine having grown up without HALLOWEEN, THE FOG, THE THING and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (The first rated R movie I ever saw in a theater!!)
One plus in being from Kentucky is noticing all of the local references Carpenter has thrown into his films, especially HALLOWEEN. It has always made me feel a little more a part of his films; my mom sharing a class with him in the sixties didn't hurt either.
I'll be posting a report on his talk and my reactions to it this weekend. I will try to compose myself and not blurt out about wanting to hear stories concerning Jamie Lee Curtis and P.J. Soles. I am trying to think of questions for him that wouldn't be too obvious. With the recent tragic death of Bob Clark I though I might ask about the influence BLACK CHRISTMAS had on HALLOWEEN and what the hold up is on his 1978 tv film ELVIS on dvd.
Anyway, I am very excited about getting to see the man in person and hope to have some good stories to share about it.