Sunday, October 5, 2008

Halloween Film Poll #2: John Carpenter 76-86 (Ten Awe-Inspiring Years)

Carpenter's Halloween 7

One of the most remarkable periods for any American filmmaker comes for director John Carpenter between 1976 and 1986. With no disrespect meant for Carpenter's work before the period or since, this particular ten year run is truly awe inspiring and it is the focus of my 2nd poll here at Moon in the Gutter to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of Carpenter's most startling creations, Halloween. So vote for as many favorites as you like and ignore the ones you don't and I will post the results a week from now.


Steve Langton said...

Great idea for a poll. Carpneter has done a few decent films since, but this 10 year period contains his best work. Looking through the list serves to remind just how good he was during this golden period.

Ibetolis said...

Couldn't agree more!

This was indeed a golden period, nothing quite beats Assault on Precient 13 for me, however he hardly put a foot wrong for the entire 10 year stretch.

Also kudos goes to Starman. Genius.

Keith said...

This is a really cool poll. This is the era that he did his best work in my opinion. It would definitely be hard to pick just one from these.

J.D. said...

There are so many gems from this portion of his career. I think, if push comes to shove, my sentimental fave is BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA but THE THING is probably his masterpiece. What an incredible film that is and I usually watch it every Halloween. Of course, you can't go wrong with ESCAPE FROM NY which has one of the best anti-heroes every put on film.

EVIL CLOWN said...

Absolutely agree.

Adam at DVD Panache wrote a great piece on the Carpenter decade.

Guillaume said...

CHRISTINE,i love so much this film!!!
Great direction and cinematography,great performances (especially from the underrated director Keith Gordon),great soundtrack and special effects!

I miss so much Carpenter's Cinema!!