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2021-01-16 11:06:16 PM  
25 votes:
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2021-01-16 8:47:45 PM  
24 votes:
His version of the thing is the greatest horror movie ever made.  Prove me wrong.
 
2021-01-16 11:10:08 PM  
11 votes:

realmolo: labman: His version of the thing is the greatest horror movie ever made.  Prove me wrong.

It might be. It's definitely way up there.

"Prince of Darkness" is like, simultaneously the best horror movie ever, and the most frustrating. It *totally* feels like it needed to be at least 2 movies, if not a trilogy, just to flesh it all out more. It just...ends. Which is cool and appropriate, in a way, but I think it would be more well-known if it had been longer and more fleshed-out.


I like that they just dumped all this crazy shiat into the movie, hand waved some quantum mechanics, and called it a day.

In The Mouth of Madness is also one of the best non-Lovecraft Lovecraftian movies.
 
2021-01-16 10:18:03 PM  
11 votes:
Not horror but one of my favorite movies.

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2021-01-16 11:10:48 PM  
10 votes:

bobug: He has such an interesting movie catalogue... And while some of his older stuff looks dated... What he did, for the time, was wonderful.


Also, really solid as a composer.
 
2021-01-16 10:32:44 PM  
9 votes:

labman: His version of the thing is the greatest horror movie ever made.  Prove me wrong.


And it's proof that practical effects are always best.
 
2021-01-16 5:49:57 PM  
9 votes:
I need to watch Prince of Darkness tonight.
 
2021-01-16 10:31:04 PM  
8 votes:
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Like Night of the Living Dead but the zombies have guns.
 
2021-01-16 10:36:50 PM  
7 votes:

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Like Night of the Living Dead but the zombies have guns.


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RIDICULOUSLY underrated (and under seen) movie.
 
2021-01-16 10:25:40 PM  
7 votes:
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2021-01-16 11:06:26 PM  
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2021-01-16 10:51:58 PM  
5 votes:
I haven't seen every one of his movies, but I've never seen one that I wouldn't watch over and over again. Even the ones that are usually regarded as awful like Escape from LA and Ghosts of Mars are tons of fun.

Unrelated but while I'm talking about movies, I saw Dolemite is My Name last night and thought it was a damn near perfect film. Fantastic cast. Hilarious. Heartfelt. Inspiring.
 
2021-01-16 10:59:10 PM  
4 votes:

Wendigogo: For me, the special effects don't hold up, to overly distracting effect, proving that usually the less you see of the monster in any horror film, the better


Except for one bit of stop-motion, my kids thought the effects were very good. (Probably helped our husky was in the room the whole time.) Practical effects have more realistic physics than most CGI, there's a verisimilitude if you use them right.

The "don't show the monster until you have to" rule is usually a good one. Because only rarely will you be able to show something worse than they had feared.
 
2021-01-16 10:58:36 PM  
3 votes:

labman: His version of the thing is the greatest horror movie ever made.  Prove me wrong.


You have it confused with this:

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2021-01-16 10:56:55 PM  
3 votes:
I heard he was dead.

Flincher: I need to watch Prince of Darkness tonight.


I didn't know he did that, watched it once decades ago and it left an impression. Enjoyed it
 
2021-01-17 10:41:58 AM  
2 votes:
See Christine for the proper use of lensflare.
 
2021-01-17 4:41:27 AM  
2 votes:
Dark Star 1974 Trailer HD
Youtube lwISbJfRNz0
 
2021-01-17 4:23:32 AM  
2 votes:
Oh, but most definitely NOT such an example?  Big Trouble.  Leave it alone, hands off.  You could only make it worse.
 
2021-01-17 1:33:32 AM  
2 votes:
John Carpenter is one of my top five favorite directors.

I also dig his music.
 
2021-01-17 10:59:33 AM  
1 vote:
It isn't easy to make a Stephen King book into a good movie, without using voiceover. But he absolutely crushed it with "Christine."

I don't like all of his movies, but he made some of my favorites of all time.
 
2021-01-17 10:20:51 AM  
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2021-01-17 2:12:24 AM  
1 vote:
He's not a bad compose eitherr.  Hopefully he'll be able to do another tour someday.  I missed out on his earlier ones.


John Carpenter "Halloween" (2018/1978) Live Paris 2018
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2021-01-16 11:59:44 PM  
1 vote:

sorceror: Wendigogo: For me, the special effects don't hold up, to overly distracting effect, proving that usually the less you see of the monster in any horror film, the better

Except for one bit of stop-motion, my kids thought the effects were very good. (Probably helped our husky was in the room the whole time.) Practical effects have more realistic physics than most CGI, there's a verisimilitude if you use them right.

The "don't show the monster until you have to" rule is usually a good one. Because only rarely will you be able to show something worse than they had feared.


That's probably the scene that ruined it for me a little. But you're absolutely right- practical effects just have a more natural feel to them, as most CGI can feel too fluid and, well, unnatural. And sometimes it looks downright stupid.


Example (as mentioned in a previous thread): Deep Blue Sea- animatronic sharks- amazingly well done

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Same movie- CGI sharks- amazingly BAD. You'd think it was a whole other film.

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Anyway, The Thing, overall, is great; the isolation, the tension and fear- you can almost smell the sweat on these characters, you feel like you're right there with them. I haven't seen the remake, so I'm not sure how they'd compare.
 
2021-01-16 11:17:18 PM  
1 vote:
NeoCortex42:

I like that they just dumped all this crazy shiat into the movie, hand waved some quantum mechanics, and called it a day.

Exactly. And it *works*! But it leaves you wanting a LOT more. I can never decide about that movie. Would it be ruined if it was longer, and expanded on some of the themes? Or is better off the way it is, where it just leaves you wondering about...all of it.

"In The Mouth of Madness", on the other hand...I think it just doesn't work. It's very interesting, and it might be the most "Carpenter-ish" movie that Carpenter has ever made, but it's too scattered.
 
2021-01-16 11:07:18 PM  
1 vote:
He has such an interesting movie catalogue... And while some of his older stuff looks dated... What he did, for the time, was wonderful.
 
2021-01-16 11:01:15 PM  
1 vote:

labman: His version of the thing is the greatest horror movie ever made.  Prove me wrong.


It might be. It's definitely way up there.

"Prince of Darkness" is like, simultaneously the best horror movie ever, and the most frustrating. It *totally* feels like it needed to be at least 2 movies, if not a trilogy, just to flesh it all out more. It just...ends. Which is cool and appropriate, in a way, but I think it would be more well-known if it had been longer and more fleshed-out.
 
2021-01-16 10:57:36 PM  
1 vote:
I watched They Live a couple of years ago.  It held up reasonably well.
 
2021-01-16 10:46:37 PM  
1 vote:
They Live is on Peacock (free)
 
2021-01-16 10:37:19 PM  
1 vote:

labman: His version of the thing is the greatest horror movie ever made.  Prove me wrong.


Not one I'd say is the best ever made, but definitely up there in the rankings of the best. For me, the special effects don't hold up, to overly distracting effect, proving that usually the less you see of the monster in any horror film, the better. It ratchets up the tension, adrenaline, and fear when you allow the viewer's mind to run with whatever effect you've chosen to suggest the monster is present or approaching.
 
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