On January 16, but in 1948, I was born john carpenterone of the directors who would change horror movies and would leave titles that to this day remain undisputed jewels of cinema.
John Howard Carpenter He lived his childhood under the influence of great filmmakers such as John Ford and Howard Hawksknown for being part of the hollywood golden age. Low-budget science fiction movies also left their mark on the young Carpenter. Another determining factor in the director’s life was music, since in addition to the original music for the films he loved, there was also the influence of his father, who was a music teacher.
In the 70s, precisely in 1974, came his debut with the feature film Dark Star. This black humor film mixed with science fiction arose after Carpenter met with an acquaintance, the writer Dan O Bannonwho years later would rise to fame with the script for alien (1979) from Ridley Scott.
With a budget of just $60,000, Carpenter and O’Bannon had to take on various roles. For example, John, in addition to directing, handled music production, production, and other tasks. Dan took responsibility for acting as one of the characters in the story and even handled the special effects. The film was well received, even the specialized critics highlighted that they were dealing with a good story, a kind of parody of 2001: a space odyssey of Kubrick and that despite its low budget, it worked.
For his second film, John took the works Bravo River of Hawks and The night of the Living Dead of the great George A. Romero to combine them in what he baptized as Assault on Precinct 13. Starting with this film, something recurs with the filmmaker’s work and that is that his creations, despite being excellent, are not well received by critics, but, over time, they gain the status they deserve. Something that happens to people ahead of his time.
His third feature film would arrive in 1978, with which he would establish himself as a director and with which he would revolutionize the horror genre: Halloween. With the story of ruthless killer Mike Myers, Carpenter launched the horror subgenre known as slasher. This would serve as an influence for other directors who continued to promote the genre, taking this type of story to a Golden Age, where titles such as Friday the 13th (Friday the 13th) by Sean S. Cunningham or Nightmare (A Nightmare on Elm Street) by huge Wes Craven, to name a few.
The success of Halloween also allowed John to enter the radar of the big producers, which ensured him a juicy budget for his next films.
Of all Carpenter’s filmography, we select the best known, now we ask you to choose which is the best of all:
Halloween – 1978
“Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night in 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.“.
The Fog – 1980
“An otherworldly mist enshrouds a small seaside town 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters.“.
Escape from New York (Escape from New York) 1981
“In 1997, when the President of the United States is kidnapped and taken to Manhattan, turned into a gigantic maximum-security prison, a convicted bank robber, known as Snake Plissken, is sent to rescue him.“.
The Thing (The thing from another world) – 1982
“A research team in Antarctica is left at the mercy of a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims. nobody knows who is who“.
“A boy, who suffers constant bullying at school, buys a strange car. What he doesn’t know is that the car has an evil mind of its own.“.
Big Trouble in Little China (Rescue in Chinatown) – 1986
“A rude trucker and pedantic trucker will find himself in the middle of a supernatural battle, where an ancient Chinese sorcerer seeks eternal life by kidnapping blue-eyed women.“.
They Live (They are alive) – 1988
“In the midst of an economic crisis, a man who can’t find a job comes across a pair of sunglasses and instead of helping to block the sun, he discovers that some aliens are infiltrating people and that they are planning, little by little, to conquer the Earth.“.
Village of the Damned – 1995
“After a strange event in heaven, the women of a small town become pregnant. Shortly after they give birth to children, who little by little prove not to be what they seem.“.
Escape from LA (Rescue in LA) – 1996
“The United States government once again turns to Snake Plissken to recover a device that could end the world, in a future where Los Angeles is a prison island.“.
Vampires (Vampires) – 1998
“Recovering from an ambush that killed his entire team, a vengeful vampire hunter must recover an ancient Catholic relic that, if acquired by the vampires, will allow them to walk in the sunlight.“.
Ghost of Mars (Ghosts of Mars) – 2001
“In the year 2176, a Martian police unit is sent to pick up a highly dangerous criminal at a remote mining outpost.“.
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