Sep 152016
 

John Carpenter’s The Thing is certainly one of the best sci-fi horror/thrillers out there and just might rank behind Alien and Aliens, though I still prefer those two. Where this succeeds, much like those two, is the claustrophobic atmosphere with the added subtext of paranoia.

 

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Apr 102016
 

John Carpenter’s Village of the Damned has its good moments, propelled by a solid ensemble cast from Christopher Reeve to Michael Pare, and a bit of the cheese factor that is kind of amusing. This Collector’s Edition release by Shout Factory offers well done video and audio transfers and a nice selection of bonus material to peruse.

 

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Oct 312015
 

Although Vampires isn’t John Carpenter’s strongest non-Halloween movie, it’s still a fun, and bloody, romp made even better by an energetic performance from James Woods playing a frickin’ vampire slayer; that combo alone makes the movie worthwhile.

 

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Nov 182013
 

Assault on Precinct 13 is an intense suspense-thriller by John Carpenter well worth checking out if you have not already (especially so before viewing the 2005 remake which itself wasn’t bad). This new Blu-ray released by Shout Factory I suspect has the same audio/video transfers from the Image Entertainment release and the features, with two new interviews, is quite good and informative.

 

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Sep 222013
 

Halloween is still one of the best horror movies with genuine scares and the introduction to one of the best villains in movie history. While the movie might be great, Anchor Bay continues to milk the franchise releasing multiple editions with some nice new features but failing to port over anything from the others. With a new transfer and an upgrade in audio, if the other features were included, this could have easily been an Ultimate Edition and instead it’s a nice release with two substantial new features.

 

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Sep 082013
 

Prince of Darkness might not be John Carpenter’s well known film like Halloween and to some extent The Fog, it is probably one of his finer more complete films. The concept is fascinating and scary while the cast headlined by Donald Pleasance are great. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory is once again top notched with a wide range of features and great video/audio transfers.

 

 

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Aug 022013
 

The Fog is another classic thriller from John Carpenter featuring good scares without getting gratuitous with the horror (in fact, there is no blood) and a respectable cast. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory is top notch with excellent audio/video transfers and a wealth of bonus features with the only setback being a comprehensive ‘making-of’ featurette.

 

 

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Sep 112012
 

Halloween II doesn’t stack up well against its classic predecessor but it still holds some entertainment value thanks in part to Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis and Dick Warlock’s interpretation of The Shape. The Blu-ray is well done from the great audio/video transfers and a decent amount of features. Unfortunately the lack of “Terror in the Aisles” documentary doesn’t quite make this complete, so you’ll need the Universal BD release if you want it all.

 

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