John Carpenter

The bleak futurism of John Carpenter’s Escape from New York

By Anton Bitel

The genre maestro’s dystopian thriller feels eerily prescient in its depiction of a broken police state.

John Carpenter’s The Fog is even more chilling if you live by the sea

By Thomas Hobbs

A personal essay on the director’s 1980 horror, which returns to cinemas this Halloween.

How staircases became one of horror’s most frightening fixtures

By Emma Fraser

From Psycho to Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, stairs have long played a key role in the genre.

Halloween and the art of retconning a franchise

By James Luxford

Why pretending the past never happened can be the best thing for a film series and its fans.

Halloween

By Hannah Woodhead

David Gordon Green presents a John Carpenter-approved sequel to the slasher classic from 1978.

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Exploring the monstrous desire between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode

By Kimberley Ballard

Fear and violence aren’t the only things that John Carpenter’s boogeyman brings to Haddonfield.

How Halloween stoked our fears and misunderstanding of mental illness

By Frazer Macdonald

In Michael Myers, director John Carpenter created an enduring yet harmful horror archetype.

Halloween – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Jamie Lee Curtis faces her old adversary once again in David Gordon Green’s thrilling John Carpenter-approved sequel.

David Gordon Green’s Halloween gets a spooky first trailer

By Hannah Woodhead

Michael Myers is back to terrorise Jamie Lee Curtis in the sequel to John Carpenter’s horror classic.

Discover this yuletide slasher that inspired John Carpenter’s Halloween

By Anton Bitel

Black Christmas contains one of the earliest examples of the ‘final girl’ trope in horror cinema.

Halloween III: Why Season of the Witch is the most daring film in the franchise

By Padraig Cotter

With a pinch of Hammer Horror and a dollop of ’80s gore, this meta horror is the boldest in the series.

How John Carpenter’s The Thing became a horror/sci-fi classic

By Anton Bitel

The director’s newly-restored 1982 film continues to stand the test of time.

Why John Carpenter’s They Live feels more relevant than ever

By Bryan Hempel

This cult classic tackles issues which have become of increasing importance since its release in 1988.

John Carpenter’s The Thing is being turned into a board game

By Amy Bowker

It’s the Antarctic alien thriller adaptation we didn’t know we needed.

The Void

By Ian Mantgani

Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski’s cosmic horror-thriller fails to live up to its initial promise.

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Escape from New York is being remade by Robert Rodriguez

By Jack Godwin

John Carpenter’s classic sci-fi is being rebooted – but who will play eye-patched antihero Snake Plissken?

Kleber Mendonça Filho: ‘John Carpenter is always a reference point for me’

By David Jenkins

The brilliant Brazilian director of Aquarius talks about why he keeps coming back to Assault on Precinct 13.

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