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John Carpenter - Christine music video for a track off the soon to be released Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 album. Interview. Another interview. posted by fearfulsymmetry (26 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
 
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posted by Artw at 11:23 AM on October 12 [2 favorites]


💬 jesus my uber driver is weird. see you soon!
posted by ArmandoAkimbo at 11:31 AM on October 12 [2 favorites]


This seems like as good a time as any to say that if you like John Carpenter's soundtrack work and you've heard it all before but you want more then you should definitely pick up Lost Themes - it quickly became one of my favorite albums of whatever year I bought it.
posted by komara at 11:54 AM on October 12 [5 favorites]


If you dig synthwavey stuff you might like Gost's cover of the Nightmare on Elm Street theme.
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:00 PM on October 12 [2 favorites]


you should definitely pick up Lost Themes - it quickly became one of my favorite albums of whatever year I bought it.

Lost Themes II is also worth a listen but the first was definitely better. I agree completely with komara. Worth finding. It's available on Spotify.
posted by Fizz at 12:19 PM on October 12 [1 favorite]


I didn't pick up II because it didn't have remixes and TBH that's the best part of I.
posted by Artw at 12:24 PM on October 12


I'm sad because the last time John Carpenter went on tour, I couldn't afford tickets. This time around, I could have but he's not coming to DC.

I've never been a big horror fan but I do love John Carpenter. There's still a few of his I have yet to see (working on it!) but even in some of his darker stuff, there's kind of a sense of ... playfulness, maybe? That's not exactly the right word, but I do feel like a lot of horror comes across as misanthropic. Carpenter's stuff never felt that way to me.

His interviews from the past few years have been delightful.
posted by darksong at 12:38 PM on October 12 [1 favorite]


Goddamnit, I saw the hyperlinked name and some dates under it and thought that John Carpenter had died. Bastard formatting.
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 12:47 PM on October 12


Always thought Prince of Darkness was underrated. Gives me creeps every time I watch it and the music has a lot to do with it.
posted by lagomorphius at 1:13 PM on October 12 [4 favorites]


Along the lines of this (Instrumental synth music with a lot of tension and a kind of creepy vibe) I came across this amazing thing a few months ago.
posted by smcameron at 1:14 PM on October 12


Always thought Prince of Darkness was underrated. Gives me creeps every time I watch it and the music has a lot to do with it.

Oh yeah, Prince of Darkness is as creepy and weird as they come. It comes directly after Big Trouble in Little China, which lost a ton of money for the studios, so it has a bit of a weird feel to the production values, but it's actually quite scary.
posted by The River Ivel at 1:23 PM on October 12 [1 favorite]


I love the Secret Chiefs version of Halloween
posted by mannequito at 1:33 PM on October 12


That's not exactly the right word, but I do feel like a lot of horror comes across as misanthropic. Carpenter's stuff never felt that way to me.

Yeah, Carpenter has great monsters (Prince of Darkness, The Thing, Christine, etc.) but the motor that drives his movies is the people facing the monsters. That's what the music really gets at, why it's so suggestive — the Halloween theme is the racing heartbeat, the thump-thump-thump of the Escape from New York theme is Snake Plissken's swagger, the thrum of the Prince of Darkness score is the nervous tension inside that church (and the choral surges are quasi-religious nods to the evil living in the basement), etc.
posted by Mothlight at 1:59 PM on October 12 [2 favorites]


Prince Of Darkness is great. I think the underrated one is Vampires which never got a US bluray release whereas the crap-fest that is Ghosts Of Mars did.

Probably because Vampires is one of those movies where the good guys are barely distinguishable from the monsters.
posted by lumpenprole at 3:07 PM on October 12


I like hubcaps.
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 4:17 PM on October 12




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posted by doctornemo at 5:03 PM on October 12 [4 favorites]


Prince of Darkness has plenty going for it.
My favorite bits: Alice Cooper's weird menacing cameos. But especially the dream sequences.
posted by doctornemo at 5:08 PM on October 12


I've never actually seen Christine, I should catch up with it.

I wish that Carpenter would make more movies. He's not that old, I mean he's younger than Steven Spielberg
or Ridley Scott and they're not slowing down.
posted by octothorpe at 5:36 PM on October 12


I really, really like the Escape from New York theme. It's a fairly simple riff, but there's something about how it's executed that's spot-on near-future dystopia.
posted by Halloween Jack at 9:14 PM on October 12 [2 favorites]


I really, really like the Escape from New York theme. It's a fairly simple riff, but there's something about how it's executed that's spot-on near-future dystopia.

The Duke Arrives is the best.
posted by Ray Walston, Luck Dragon at 12:59 AM on October 13


Looks like the Reznor/Ross Halloween theme cover is out, track starts proper at 2:12ish.
posted by invisible_al at 2:57 AM on October 13


I thought this post was going to be about how John Carpenter is devoting his retirement to PC gaming: https://kotaku.com/john-carpenter-is-dedicating-his-life-to-destiny-2-1819375700
posted by reiichiroh at 9:52 AM on October 13


I like the Reznor/Ross Halloween a lot. Unsure how much it is just the regular Halloween with a bunch of spooky/NIN noise on top, but it kind of works.
posted by Artw at 8:23 PM on October 15


You know what the world needs? Goblin covers in the style of NIN.
posted by Artw at 8:23 PM on October 15 [1 favorite]


I like the Reznor/Ross Halloween a lot. Unsure how much it is just the regular Halloween with a bunch of spooky/NIN noise on top, but it kind of works.

It's a slightly different synthy sound and gets a little hooked on classics towards the end but they are wise enough to not mess with a classic too much.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:34 AM on October 16 [1 favorite]


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