Hammer House of Horror On Blu Ray In Time for Halloween.

Hammer House of Horror Standard Sleeve

Hammer House of Horror Standard Sleeve
Hammer House of Horror Standard Sleeve
The 1960s and 1970s saw they hey day for Hammer Horror movies, but come the 1980s the shift to TV happened. 1980 saw the Hammer House Of Horror hit screens. It is a horror anthology series of 13 episodes in just one series. Each episode was around 50 minutes long (Transmission time would have been 1 hour with adverts). Sadly Peter Cushing’s input was just one episode and there is no appearance by Christopher Lee.

This Halloween Network are releasing Hammer House of Horror – available for the first time on Blu-ray from 23rd October 2017.

Hammer House of Horror Blu Ray Details

  • No. of Discs: 3
  • Screen Ratio: 16:9
  • Colour Running Time: 676 mins (approx.)
  • Special Features:
    • Commerical Break stings
    • Rude Awakening opening montage raw takes
    • Guardian of the Abyss widescreen version
    • Image gallery
    • PDFs

 

This star-studded anthology from Hammer Films presents thirteen unforgettable tales of spine-chilling terror!
Reimagining classic Hammer themes in a contemporary British setting and signalling a new direction for the legendary film studio under the aegis of producer Roy Skeggs, the series blends the supernatural with a very modern horror from hauntings and demonic possessions to sinister incarcerations and cannibalism…

Hammer House of Horror Limited Edition O Card Sleeve
Hammer House of Horror Limited Edition O Card Sleeve
A huge hit on its first ITV transmission, Hammer House of Horror boasts a consistently high-calibre cast including Peter Cushing, Diana Dors, Denholm Elliott, Brian Cox and Sian Phillips.
The complete series is featured here for the first time in a stunning new High Definition restoration from the original film elements in its as-transmitted fullscreen aspect ratio.

Buy Hammer House of Horror: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] on Amazon.

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Nosferatu 2013 Cinema Release

Nosferatu Remastered Halloween 2013
Nosferatu Remastered Halloween 2013

Eureka! Entertainment have just announced the theatrical and DVD releases of their new restored version of F. W. Murnau’s legendary silent cinema horror classic Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922), expertly restored in Germany by the world-renowned Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung (FWMS).

Nosferatu is one of the most famous of all silent films, and is a result of a rights issue on the Dracula story.

Nosferatu’s UK theatrical run will be co-ordinated by Eureka! Entertainment and will open in selected cinemas nationwide on Friday October 25, 2013, just in time for Halloween, and will also feature as part of the BFI’s GOTHIC: The Dark Heart of Film which runs from 21st October 2013 – 31st January 2014. This year the BFI will take Britain back to darker times and thrill the nation by uncovering, as never before, the dark heart of film. With over 150 titles and around 1000 screenings GOTHIC features spectacularly terrifying special events to thrill every corner of the UK. GOTHIC will explore film’s most popular theme, spawning some of the medium’s most iconic, powerful and terrifying scenes and characters whose lasting popularity just refuses to die www.bfi.org.uk/gothic .

Blu-ray, Blu-ray SteelBook and DVD releases of Nosferatu will follow with a raft of special features to be announced nearer the release date, as part of Eureka! Entertainment’s award-winning The Masters of Cinema Series www.mastersofcinema.org .

All Zombies Must Die!

AZMD! Zombies Know Where You Live and They Are Coming Home!

All Zombies Must Die! Halloween Home items; ?Big Head Pack 1?

From doublesix, the award winning developer behind the action-packed undead-shooter Burn Zombie Burn!, All Zombies Must Die! Is a mix of weapons-based arena combat and RPG-lite elements. A Gamer, a Girl, a Mad Scientist and an Alien are all that stand between 6 billion zombies and the world?s supply of delicious, supple brains. All Zombies Must Die! drops up to four players into the town of Deadhill, where they must mow their way through ranks of brain hungry monsters with a variety of weaponry while completing quests served up by the game?s gripping storyline. doublesix is combining elements of action and role-playing, including character leveling, weapons crafting and numerous quests. The graphics reflect the silly yet sinister nature of the gameplay with a bright, comic style.

All Zombies Must Die! Halloween Home items; ?Big Head Pack 1? and Companions.

Guildford, England ? 27th October 2011 ? doublesix proudly announces today the launch of the first of several All Zombies Must Die! themed item packs for PlayStation? Home. Celebrate Halloween in style with the ?Big Head Pack 1? that comes complete with three All Zombies Must Die! oversized character masks for ?3.19/?3.99/$3.99. Dress up as Jack the gamer, Luxo the alien or a Classic green zombie, available for both male and female avatars, for a real trick or treat this holiday period.

Sold separately are six individual mini zombie companions to accompany your avatar in your adventures through Home! The four mutant zombies (the hulking Radiation mutant, the electrifying Shock mutant, the hot-headed Fire mutant and the rock?n?roll Sonic mutant) along with the Classic and Crazy zombies can be purchased for just ?1.49/?1.99/$2.99 in the near future.

Audio Horror For Halloween

Doctor Who fans can immerse themselves in the world of the time traveller and his foes with the release of the complete boxed set of Doctor Who: Demon Quest. With the TARDIS not working properly, the Doctor, his housekeeper and Mike Yates embark on a journey through time and across continents where they must face the elusive, demonic being who keeps luring them on in their quest. It soon becomes clear that a trap has been laid for the Doctor – can he triumph yet again?

Click Image To Buy CD Doctor Who: Demon Quest Series – The Complete Boxed Set
Format: 5 CDs
Duration: 6 hours approx.
RRP: ?50.00
ISBN: 9781602839588

For those who have been eagerly awaiting the next instalment of Doctor Who: Serpent Crest, the wait is over with the release of Part 2: The Broken Crown. This brand new multi-voice adventure for the 4th Doctor, played by Tom Baker, features characters from the classic Doctor Who TV series, written and produced for audio with specially composed music and sound design. With both titles written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs, the excitement mounts to keep us on the edge of our seats.

Doctor Who Serpent Quest
Doctor Who: Serpent Crest, Part 2 The Broken Crown
Duration: 1 hour approx.
Format: download or 1 CD
DL RRP: ?6.79
DL ISBN: 9781408498194
CD RRP: ?10.20
CD ISBN: 9781408468869

For an even more chilling experience there are two horror titles for lovers of the ghoulish. Ghostly Terror is a terrifying collection of classic ghost stories from masters of the genre, by various authors and readers. Amongst the stories are The Beast With Five Fingers by WF Harvey, read by Stephen Pacey, and Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook by MR James, read by Andrew Sachs. Vampire Horror, a blood- curdling collection of short stories with a vampire theme, from classic authors including MR James and Arthur Conan Doyle, will appeal to sci-fi and fantasy fans as well as devotees of classic literature.

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Ghostly Terror
Format: download or 2 CDs
Duration: 2 hours 30 mins approx.
DL RRP: ?9.19
DL ISBN:9781408471562
CD RRP: ?13.25 CD ISBN: 9781408470480

Vampire Horror
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Vampire Horror
Format: Download or?2 CDs
Duration: 2 hours 30 mins approx.
DL RRP: ?9.19
DL ISBN: 9781408497814
CD RRP: ?13.25
CD ISBN: 9781408468708

All titles will be available through AudioGo for download or CD purchase through Amazon or good book shops.

Mimic – First Time on Blu-Ray this Halloween

This halloween sees science fiction and horror smash together MIMIC: SPECIAL EDITION, from superstar director Guillermo Del Toro, is released on Blu-ray for the first time on 31 October, 2011, courtesy of Studiocanal.

Originally released cinemas in 1997, this effectively creepy sci-fi horror was Del Toro?s first foray into American cinema and provided English-speaking audiences with an early glimpse of the genius that was to follow in modern classics as diverse as Pan?s Labyrinth, Hellboy and Blade II. This brand new version, re-cut by Guillermo Del Toro himself, is a revelation!

Cockroaches are spreading a deadly disease around Manhattan, claiming the lives of the city?s children. Entomologist Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino – Mighty Aphrodite, Reservation Road) and her husband Peter Mann (Jeremy Northam ? Enigma, Gosford Park) use genetic engineering to create the Judas Breed to kill off the deadly cockroaches. However, this deadly strain of insect evolves over time, growing as big as people and learning to mimic their movements. The perfect killer is born and humanity is its hunting ground…

A success in its own right, MIMIC: SPECIAL EDITION nevertheless transforms Del Toro?s original into a new feature, much closer to his original vision What?s more, packed with brand new extra features, MIMIC: SPECIAL EDITION is a genuine gift to horror and Del Toro fans this Halloween.

Extras: Video prologue with Guillermo Del Toro, Audio commentary with Guillermo Del Toro, ?Reclaiming Mimic featurette, ?A Leap In Evolution ? The Creatures of Mimic? featurette, ?Back Into The Tunnels ? Shooting Mimic? featurette, Deleted scenes, Storyboard animatics, Gag reel, Theatrical Trailer

New Scooby Doo This Halloween

Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare
Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare

No! Do not be frightened, this is not a new live action movie, but another in the fantastic range of live action movies relaunched 10 years ago with The Witch’s Ghost.

So here we have the new animated Scooby-Doo original movie Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare which is available on DVD from 11th October 2010 courtesy of Warner Home Video.

Roast your marshmallows and hide under your sleeping bag covers, because this campfire experience is going to get spooky! In this brand new adventure, Scooby-Doo and the gang head out in the Mystery Machine to visit Fred?s favorite childhood camp. They soon learn that creepy creatures from their favourite campfire stories have come to life and now haunt the nearby woods and lake, threatening to shut down the camp once and for all. Will our heroes; Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma manage to end all the spooky occurrences and stop the creatures before the camp is forced to close its doors forever?

Scooby-Doo, if you don’t know was spawned in the 1970s as an animated kid’s detective show that unmasks ghosts and monsters to usually be some one who is trying to scare away others from something they usually financially gain from, whether it be land, lost gold or secret formulas. In the 2000’s the cartoon sucessfully subvert this form, poking fun at old school plot holes and still remaining true to the flavour of the original show.

GhostHunt in your Home This Halloween

Get ghost hunting this Halloween with MOST HAUNTED LIVE: SERIES 8 out on DVD on 4th October 2010 and MOST HAUNTED: SERIES 13 out on DVD on 18th October 2010.

The Most Haunted franchise is the ultimate paranormal reality TV show and these two releases are guaranteed to provide just the right fix of fright this Halloween. Hosted by Yvette Fielding, the MOST HAUNTED team travels to some of the world?s spookiest places, investigating paranormal activity over 24-hour time periods.

In MOST HAUNTED LIVE, join Yvette Fielding, Karl Beattie and Paul Ross for the ultimate ghost hunting adventure in this spin-off series to MOST HAUNTED. Based around actual live events, Yvette, Paul and the gang go in search spooky activity based on specific paranormal activity. Previous themes, usually filmed at Halloween, around the summer solstice, or at Christmas and New Year, have been based around historical figures such as Dick Turpin, William Shakespeare, Jack the Ripper and Dracula.

A key element to MOST HAUNTED LIVE is ?The Studio?, where Paul Ross is joined by historian Lesley Smith and a live studio audience. This adds a great element to the show linking Yvette, psychic David Wells, sceptic parapsychologist Dr Ciar?n O’Keeffe and the team in the field to the studio audience and, ultimately, the viewers at home. This is fully aided by interactive team leader Julian Clegg who involves the studio and the viewers who originally watched the show when it premiered on LIVING, making it spooky event TV at its best.

Join Yvette and the team in MOST HAUNTED LIVE: SERIES 8 where the investigators will be facing their toughest challenge yet, summoning some of the darkest and most terrifying criminals in history to stand trial once again and account for their crimes, as Yvette and the team attempt to investigate the evil that men do. The team will also travel to the North West of England and spend over seven spine tingling nights conducting paranormal investigation and attempting to bring to light seven different forms of frightening paranormal manifestation covering Poltergeists, Apparitions, Lost Souls, Voices from the Grave, Dark Phantoms, Night Terrors and Demons.

In the original MOST HAUNTED series, the team takes to the field to make an intense study of the location in question. As always, a medium and a scientific expert are taken into the night to experience the various phenomena that occur, along with the all important historian to verify any interactions with said spirits.

In MOST HAUNTED: SERIES 13 the team focus on areas in the UK and investigations include a trip to Inveraray Jail in Argyll, to Gaumont Cinema in Liverpool and Castle Fraser in Aberdeenshire, where the ghosts of the castle are said to include everyone from prisoners to a princess ? but who will visit during the Most Haunted investigation?

Circus of Horrors

It is a staggering 15 years since the Circus of Horrors first trampled the bloody boards and has since toured relentlessly around the World achieving cult status and generally dragging Circus screaming and shouting into the 21st century and beyond.

This autumn, see?s not 1 but 2 Circus of Horrors spectacular’s take to the road.
The first is a return to THE ASYLUM theme for one final run of dates with what has proved to be the most successful Circus of Horrors show ever.

The Circus of Horrors goes to Blackpool, of course It?s not the first visit to the town but it?s the first visit to this particular venue & the first time they have been there for 9 days over the Halloween period.

The show will be performed for the first time in the round, in a fantastic venue that has previously housed the excellent Amanda Thompson produced show?s Eclipse & Forbidden. The Circus of Horrors will present a specially produced version of THE ASYLUM.

?It was intended to close the doors to the Asylum on the last tour but the chance of performing in such a great venue at such a great time of year was simply too much of a temptation? said Dr Haze.

The show will be retiled THE LAST DAY?S IN THE ASYLUM. It will include loads of act?s never seen in The Circus of Horrors & others making a shock return.
The height of the Globe gives the show a greater chance to use the Ariel acts and will be performed in the round & will have a new set especially for the Asylum shows.

The performance date?s coincide with the half term holidays, the last week of the illuminations & of course Halloween.

The Circus of Horrors ? Last Days in the Asylum
THE GLOBE THEATRE. BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH
FRI OCT 23rd to SAT OCT 31st.
Performances each day at 5pm & 8pm. (except Oct 23rd, 8pm only).
Box Office 0871 2229090. Book online pleasurebeachresort.com
Or TICKETMASTER 0844 2770 666
Tickets.
Vampire VIP Ringside cabaret table & chairs ?22 (only 20 seats available per show)
Front View ?18. Side View ?15. Concessions ?3 off.
People are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Last days in the Asylum
Set in the late 1800’s in an archaic institution in France. A side show owner, Dr Haze, buy?s the mad house to present his new show to rival the Operetta and soon to be Dance Hall of Decadence ‘Moulin Rouge’.
He sets about liberating the lunatics and slaughter the evil wardens.
While France sleeps the inmates run riot.
Once cleansed , he turns the inmates into his performers to present his new spectacular
?Bloody thirty & Burlesque?
But beware, all is not well and the show ends in an apocalyptic nightmare.
The lunatics have taken over the Asylum.
The crowd favourites as still there but are now entrapped in a Macabre Mad House until they escape and run amok into the Parisian night life. All intermingled & entwined with oddities, fakirs and death defying Circus acts
The Greatest Circus of Horrors show to Date
‘The King Pole;
Totally Unbelievable
‘Scott Mills, Radio 1’
Barnum Would be proud
‘Time Out’
Last Days in the Asylum ? threatens to stimulate all the senses & is set to surpass everything that has come before it.

Then, as the door of the Asylum slams closed forever another one franticly swings opens

THE DAY OF THE DEAD
Following on on the huge success of The Asylum, The Circus of Horrors will undergo a major
revamp with a rocking & shocking brand new show
?The Day of the Dead?. (D?a de los Muerto – A Mexican X? Travaganza).
This time set in Mexico during the early 1900?s, the cast of chasosmongers transport the body
of their doyen Dr Haze to a remote area of Mexico.
Unbeynow to them they settled in a former burial ground of Aztec Warriors.
There they join in the local inhabitants ?Day of the Dead? rituals to try & revive their
esteemed leader.
All of course with disastrous consequences.

Amid a backdrop of an Aztec Temple, Witch-doctors, Voodoo Acrobats, Pickled People,
Bendy Bodies, Demon Dwarfs, and flying Vampires erupting, chained from a tank of
precious bodily fluids, all to perform their amazing stunts.
Once revived, The Undead Ringmaster Doktor Haze will guide you through a hell of a tale with the help
of the live devil driven rock n? roll of the The Interceptors From Hell and a huge uncontrollable
cast of Toltecion Beauties, Curvaceous Creatures, Aztec Warriors, Posada?s Skeletons, Voluptuous
Vampires and some of the worlds greatest, grotesque, most daring & bizarre Circus acts.

Pierrot Bidon, director of the legendary chainsaw slinging Archaos returns to co. direct both of these strange new musical masterpiece in his own inimitable style with shocks, surprises & black humour.

2009. The Day of the Dead ? Alive

WOOKEY HOLE , Thurs 5th Nov 09, Box Office 01749 672 243 www.wookey.co.uk
WORTHING , PAVILION, Fri 6th Nov 09, Box Office 01903 206 206 www.worthingtheatres.co.uk
BARKING , THE BROADWAY, Sat 7th Nov 09, Box Office 02085 075 607 www.thebroadwaybarking.com
CAMBERLEY THEATRE, Mon 9th Nov 09, Box Office 01276 707 600 www.camberleytheatre.biz
REDHILL , HARLEQUIN, Tue 10th Nov 09, Box Office 01737 276 500 www.harlequintheatre.co.uk
SOUTHEND , THE PALACE, Wed 11th & Thurs 12th Nov 09 Box Office 01702 351 135 www.thecliffspavilion.co.uk
IPSWICH , REGENT, Fri 13th Nov 09 Box Office 01473 433 100 www.ipswichregent.com
MARGATE , WINTER GARDENS, Sat 14th Nov 09 Box Office 01843 292 795 www.margatewintergardens.co.uk
GRAVESEND , WOODVILE HALLS, Sun 15th Nov 09 Box Office 01474 337 774 www.gravesham.gov.uk
STAFFORD , THE GATEHOUSE, Mon 16th Nov 09 Box Office 01785 254 653 www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk
BLACKBURN ,KING GEORGE?S HALL, Tues 17th Nov 09 Box Office 08448 471 664/01254 582 582 www.kinggeorgeshall.com
DERBY , ASSEMBLY ROOMS, Wed 18th Nov 09 Box Office 01332 255 800 www.derbylive.co.uk
NEWCASTLE , JOURNAL TYNE THEATRE, Thurs 19th Nov 09 Box Office 08444 939 999 www.thejournaltynetheatre.co.uk
BRADFORD , ST GEORGE?S HALL, Fri 20th Nov 09 Box Office 0127 432 000 www.bradford-theatres.co.uk
WHITBY , PAVILION, Sat 21st Nov Box Office 01947 820 625
MIDDLESBOROUGH , TOWN HALL, Sun 22nd Nov 09 Box Office 01642 729 729 www.middlesborough.gov.uk
WARRINGTON , PARR HALL, Mon 23rd Nov 09 Box office 01925 442 345 www.pyramidparrhall.com
RETFORD , THE MAJESTIC, Tues 24th Nov 09 Box Office 01777 796 866 www.majestictheatre.co.uk
ABERDARE , COLISEUM, Thurs 26th Nov 09 Box Office 01685 881 188 www.rct-arts.org
REDDITCH , PALACE, Fri 27th Nov 09 Box Office 0152 765 203 www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk
WESTON SUPER MARE , PLAYHOUSE, Sat 28th Nov 09 Box Office 01934 645 544 www.theplayhouse.co.uk

2010. The Day of the Dead ? Alive & 15 year celebrations.

TRURO , THE HALL FOR CORNWALL, Fri 8th & Sat 9th Jan 10 Box Office 01872 262 466 www.thehallforcornwall.co.uk
YEOVIL , THE OCTAGON, Sun 10th Jan 10 Box Office 01935 422 884 www.octagon-theatre.co.uk
WIMBORNE , THE TIVOLI, Mon 11th Jan 10 Box Office 01202 88 55 66 www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk
HULL, NEW THEATRE. Thurs 21st Jan 2010 Box Office 01482 226 655 www.hullcc.gov.uk/hullnewtheatre

Halloween

Halloween in the UK has become a time to turn out the lights and hide from the hoodies playing trick or treat.

Actually that is a load of baloney, I went to a Halloween party last week (with the kids) where the DJ played Thriller, Ghostbusters, Monster Mash almost exclusively for 2 hours. I have been watching Most Haunted Live – well bits of it. I must admit I get infuriated by their lack of planning, lack of fixed position cameras and lack of follow up of reports by the crew that would have been caught on the few fixed cameras that exist.

I have been avoiding watching Dead Set as I will watch it all in one go next weekend. For viewing times see TotalTelly.

I have actually culled my diet of horror films this week, with Most Haunted and a good David Gemmell book taking their place

John Carpenter Interview

The following interview is taken from John Carpenter Collection, released now, and is reproduced with permisssion.

JC= JOHN CARPENTER
I= INTERVIEWER

JC:

Dark Star began as a student film when I was at the university of Southern California in 1970 and I was partnered with Dan O Bannon who is the production designer, editor and one of the actors in the film. He went on to have a very successful career as a writer and has directed on his own, so we put the movie together on 16mm over the course of four years three or four years, and it wasnt a movie shoot like we think of today, it wasnt you shoot the whole movie in one section in one block of time, it was shoot a scene, raise money, shoot a scene months later, raise money, shoot a scene and the effects were basically just a lot of animated effects, of on-set effects, kind of old-fashioned, old-school stuff, and it was a ridiculously ambitious movie for what we were doing and as I look at it now, pieces of it? I dont like to look at the whole thing anymore, its an amateur film. It was kind of a nice little amateur movie made at the time

Dan O Bannon really designed the effects of the movie so I have to give him ultimate credit for that and, uh, the ship itself, the dark star? the ship, was sculpted by Greg Jean and that was, uh? a model maker, and that was fibreglass, but the bomb for instance was a model of a box car I believe, or a train, a truck or a railroad car. Since 2001 its model kits stuck on, thats the standard, state of the art, makes it look sort of believable, as a scientific possibility, so we did the same thing

Well all these movies, Dark Star included, were spawned, influenced by 2001, the Kubrick film, because it broke such new ground with special effects, with shooting outer space, it suddenly looked like it was possibly a real thing. It turned out it wasnt really reality but it looked that way. So, uh, just the ideas in Dark Star, I think were probably more interesting than the way we executed them, the idea of the men isolated, this kind of meaningless mission that theyre on destroying various planets for whatever reason, and their existential dilemma, theyre so cut off from home, and theyre lost, and I dont know if thats really influenced a whole lot of films, but the situation; people in a spaceship, in close confinement having to deal with some problems, thats that goes back to IT The Terror From Beyond Space, I mean that goes way back so

Well my first film was released in theatres which was just fabulous, at least on my birthday, January 16th 1975, and right down here, actually this direction a few blocks away on Hollywood Blvd at The Hollywood Theatre, and it opened there, it great, I mean it was terrific. I was hoping, praying that someone would come and say we want you to direct a movie because thats what Ive always wanted to be as a director, and nobody came? it didnt happen, but I did get an agent out of the situation, and I began writing screenplays to get myself into the business. But it was a first step, it was something to show, I dont think it would impress too many people

Assault on Precinct 13 was one of two ideas that I came up with, uh, for this investor, he wouldnt invest in a certain sum of money, wed make the movie independently, and I just sat down and wrote it uh, what were the influences of it? The basic influence of Assault was Rio Bravo? the situation, but only really in a kind of generalized way, not in a specific way. But it was written to be an exploitation movie at the time, an action film, a siege film, and, er, god when you think about it now, Im sitting here and its been thirty something odd years since I made that film, although 1976, when I made Assault, it had only been about sixteen or seventeen years since Rio Bravo was out, so time was compressed, so oddly, uh, it was still fresh in my memory from having seen it as a kid. That was an inspiration, also just, uh, the limitations of budget. If you look at the movie theres some exterior shooting but mostly it takes place in one set, well that was the, you know that was the gig at the time and also that was my first Panavision widescreen film which I was dying to do, because I love widescreen. The most explicit tribute to Howard Hawks was in the credits of Assault on Precinct 13, the editor was John T. Chance, thats the character, the sheriffs character from Rio Bravo, thats if anyone wants to see it. But, just the idea of people in an enclosed space, dealing with this kind of hostile world outside, that was sort of Hawks, you look at the Dawn Patrol, theres this little bar, where the flyers would find meaning, you look at Only Angels Have Wings its the same thing, everything is dangerous out in the outside world, but here is where you have some sort of safety? Rio Bravo, El Dorado, I mean all the action kind of films, even Airforce? the safety is in the airplane, in a sense, all around is this kind of evil, and thats always appealed to me. I dont know that, uh, this is my own personal opinion, I think Hawks is maybe one of the greatest filmmakers because hes made a great movie in every genre, and hes just so understands movies, he made films with movie stars, and there were popular films that also expressed his personal point of view, his personal feelings about something; his feelings about masculinity, about male and female, uh, relationships, in comedy all throughout his movies regardless of how, sort of, studio-driven they were, they were his personal canvas to work on? that I admire a great deal and also his invisible, his invisible camera technique, which was, in a sense the technique of the thirties and forties when sound came in, and some of the great directors perfected their craft, Hawks included, uh, and Jean Ford? the invisible technique was that you didnt notice the camera in there, it was just in the right place, I always admired that, I think its deceptively simple? its hard to get that and to pull that off

I:

I heard a story about how you cleverly avoided an MPAA X Rating on Assault on Precinct 13

JC:

I dont know how clever it was, well we had a scene where a little girl gets killed with a gun, and it was pretty horrible at the time, explicit, I dont think Id do it again but I was young and stupid, so there it is on the screen and the MPAA said they were going to give us an X, so the distributor of the movie suggested just cut it out, well show it to the MPAA and then just let it go as it was and those were the old days where they didnt check so much, so thats what we did so I dont know, I dont really think it was very clever, it was pretty ham-fisted

Well the one thing I have to say about me as a composer from my point of view is Im cheap and Im fast and Im riff-driven, meaning that most of the title themes in my films or most of the music is driven by a riff. If you think in rock n roll the most famous riff-driven band is the Rolling Stones, I can say Satisfaction to you and youd know the riff of it, well thats what I, you know, employ not as successfully but I use it and, gee, on Assault I had three days, or two days to do the soundtrack, so I was on a synthesizer, and a piano, and in that case you dont score the film, what you do is you record three or four or five pieces of music that you can use in various places and thats what I did in that case? very quick, very fast, very, uh, simple, and Ive always been inspired by Bernard Herman, who was a composer who was, I think, probably the best, who had this incredible impact, using very simple means, the best example of that being Psycho as a score with strings only, and his idea was more like a knife, or razor edged, and then the scene in the shower with the kind of attacking string section, but his work is just amazing, beautiful stuff, his clockwork, Bernard Herman, so that was inspired by him

I remember in one movie, in Christine, the mixers, I did a particular piece of music for a scene and they said to me we can use this under the whole movie, this supports the mood, and its just there invisibly, so it was a little like Hawks invisible camera style? music is kind of invisible, now theres another style of musical composition, kind of Max Steiner-esque? hes the king of Mickey Mouse, which is that you, Mickey Mousing is that you emphasize every movement on the screen, and then in King Kong is a perfect example that Mickey Mouses BOOM BOOM BOOM? every move is hit with music, and thats also great. The king of Mickey Mousing I would say is probably John Williams

I:

You shot Halloween, once again on a very low budget, three hundred thousand dollars, very quickly? twenty one day schedule, is that in certain ways kind of creatively invigorating, to be under that kind of pressure?

JC:

You know its, its a great fantasy to say that, that having a low budget frees you, actually its terrifying because youre never sure whether youre going to make it, get all the work done, so youre operating in, under this enormous fear and pressure, and its not freeing. What it is, its focusing, like going into war, it focuses you on, as a director on saying ok, Im not going to be able to get this material, this script done the way I might prefer it so let me approach this in a different way, and how much can I get done in a single shot? in a wide shot that can carry me along, so Im not relying on a lot of setups, meaning you shoot something, light it, shoot it, move it, then you have to relight it? it just takes you time. So its it focuses your attention, and you just have to go for the essence of the scene, its very good for a director to have to do that I wouldnt say its fun or pleasant, its always nice to have enough time and money to do it, always nice

You do a low-budget film and you dont have a lot of choices, so for the mask for Michael Myers, we couldnt manufacture our own, so our production designer, Tommy Lee Wallace went up to Burt Wheelers magic shop on Hollywood Blvd and he bought two masks. One was a clown mask, so he wears a clown mask, and I suppose theres a certain iconic image to that, but the other choice, he bought a William Shatner mask which is doesnt look anything like William Shatner, but its a human face, with some fake hair on it and he spray-painted it, kind of paled it down, and changed the hair a little bit, changed the eye holes? that was more like what was written in the script, the script was written to say the pale features of a human face? its a face mask, is what it was meant to be, so thats the one that was the most effective? it was as simple as that

Having a lot of time and money creates its own problems ok, but its not necessarily a bad thing to have too much of anything, I dont think any directors going to tell you; oh my god, I have too much time on this film thats awful, cant we just cut some days out of this, can we cut the budget down? This is just terrible!? No, it was better but there are other pressures that go with that, that you trade off, yes you can take your time, you can shoot a film in the way you think is the best way to do it, but on the other hand there are certain things that, er, it kills your momentum in terms of theres something about the momentum in a film, if you can get the case and crew going at a speed that shows up on screen and, thats a problem youve got to watch out for that in bigger budget movies

Halloween came along and I had in mind the girl who was in Jaws 2, I cant remember her name now very talented actress and she didnt want anything to do with it, as a lot of people I wanted to be in Halloween. I wanted Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing to play in it and they didnt want to do it. So Deborah Hill, my partner at the time, the producer, suggested Jamie Lee, she was on a contract at Universal on a TV show called uh, cant remember the name of it now, Alzheimers has set it, and she was young, she was nineteen years old, a young actress and Deborah suggested it as an echo of Psycho. So Jamie came in and read and she was absolutely delightful and perfect for the part

The movie came out to these dreadful reviews, and it was platformed across the country, moved from region to region, so it would open in Los Angeles and then play in San Diego and then it would play in Phoenix and then slowly but surely the prints, and there werent many of them, would move across the country. By the time it got to the East Coast Ill bet those prints were in pretty bad shape it was a drive-in film, it was an exploitation horror film, but we got a good review in The Village Voice, kind of re-reviewed by people and it started, word of mouth started building on that movie and it began to make some bucks and I noticed it because people started paying attention to me, people began making offers to me to direct films, and that was the surest sign that it had become successful. Today I look back on it as just absolutely wonderful, its real lucky we were just trying to make a movie, hopefully, you know it was going to be something special but I cant say I knew that
My involvement with Rob Zombies remake was to extend my hand and have a cheque placed in it, and then close my hand and return to my position on the couch watching basketball

I:

[Laughs] Did you think he did a pretty good job then?

JC:

I havent seen it, I have no comment, I dont know what to say and I will say this for you, Rob is a friend of mine, hes been a friend since ninety six (96), he did some music for me on a film I made, so Im not going to say anything about his version, its his, and Im not going to critique it

I:

Lets go onto The Fog and, again you were working with Jamie Lee Curtis and you got to work this time, not just echoes of psycho, you got to work with Janet Leigh, what was that like?

JC:

Janet Leigh was fabulous, shes a real studio trained actress, back from the old days and one of the things that really impressed me was we had a scene where, its we shot it in a restaurant there in Point Reyes, California, and she had to break down and cry, and for technical reasons, because it was a very long sequence she had to do it over and over and over again, boy, she could do it every time, just: Bang Bang Bang? thats that old studio training, you know, she didnt have to sum it up, the emotion, she knew how to do it and, a very wonderful lady

I:

One of the influences on the film is an obscure British movie called The Trollenberg Terror, how did you discover that?

JC:

[Laughs] I love that movie, well we, err, its, we in America I know that movie by its re-title called The Crawling Eye. The Crawling Eye was a movie I saw in 1958 when I was a kid? mainly the fog moving, thats the inspiration for it, we didnt have the big eyeballs crawling in the fog

I:

And you also said a visit to Stonehenge was a big influence on The Fog

JC:

Just a visual, the fog moving across, standing in the plain there looking at Stonehenge and thinking this is smaller than I thought it would be, I thought it would be bigger, but its still impressive looking across the plain there? theres the fog. The fog? whats going on there, looks like a ghost story type thing, so thats what it was

Escape From New York was written in the seventies, and it was probably influenced a lot by Death Wish, the movie with Charles Bronson about a vigilante in New York killing, getting revenge for what happened to his family, that kind of thing, and that was I made it science fictional and I kind of thought of Clint Eastwood as the character would be playing it, its also based on a, kind of inspired roughly from a science fiction novel called either Planet of the Damned or Planet of No Return, I cant remember which, but the idea is this most dangerous planet in the galaxy and someone has to be sent in there, who do you get? The most dangerous man in the galaxy to go in, so that was the essential idea

Theres a big idea prison movie in the sense that New York is a prison? is the first thing you have to swallow, and the second thing you have to swallow is the president of the United States crashes in there, the third thing is that this eye patched guy goes in to rescue him and the rest is a sort of series of adventures.

I:

James Cameron worked on that movie

JC:

Thats right

I:

in the special effects department, did you have any inkling of what lay in store for him?

JC:

He was when I went over to visit the Corman facility, where the special effects were done, he was the genius, the resonant genius? everyone was talking about how great he was. I remember meeting him on the set, actually it was over in the San Fernando Valley, he was doing a glass painting for us, he was sitting on a hillside with some glass setup painting New York skyline to be able to shoot the next shot, it was just beautiful? he was really technically great. So I said hi to him, we talked a little bit and that was about it

Kurt and I met on Elvis, he played Elvis Presley? that was the three hour movie I did for television, and he was just terrific, you know, hes an all-timer, in the sense that he was a child actor, his discipline is beyond reproach? he comes ready to go, he knows how to he knows the job, the moviemaking job, and hes just enormously talented, so we became friends

I:

Escape From New York, like a lot of your early films portrays a very post-apocalyptic future world, are you surprised that weve made it this far?

JC:

Actually yes, after the, err, Cuban Missile Crisis, which I lived through knowing what was going on and after that whole confrontation, the possibility of nuclear holocaust, everything is amazing to me now, everything that weve made it this far, and Im probably a short term Im a long term optimist but a short term pessimist, you know, I think its all fucked in the short term but in the long term it may work out

The Thing was a movie that was an assignment, thats the first movie that weve talked about that I did not write, that this was my first studio feature and, uh, it had nothing to do with the Hawks movie, thats one of the things that immediately from the beginning I decided not to even get near. Hawks film, well The Thing From Another World, that Christian Nyby directed, supposedly, was very much of its time in the fifties, very early fifties, it was flying saucer Kenneth Arnold inspired idea? it came from a short story called Who Goes There, actually a novella, so we went back to the novella, and uh, it has a lot of neat stuff in it, this whole imitative business was never covered in Hawks movie, so I just struck out on our own and this was the early eighties, eighty two (82), so I made it very dark but, somewhat I thought at the time, realistic movie, as opposed to a Hawks film was very idealized, in a sense. Errm, but those are the differences

The Thing and The Prince of Darkness and In the Mouth of Madness are essentially about the end of the world, in one way or the other; in a fanciful way, in a real way and thats in the end of the world theres no hope, you know, its gone, its over and those films suggest in a way, in their own individual ways; its all over, its done, you know, its time to whip her

It seemed to me that They Live was a needed a kind of working guy, non middle class, blue-collar guy whos a working poor, who are real and who are still real in this country so, uh, I thought he (Rowdy) had a quality about him and not the personality you see in the wrestling ring or in his interviews, not that over the top guy, but a different fella, but a little rough you know and it was terrific, he did a great job for me

I:

And did he really come up with the line himself; Im here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, but Im all out of bubblegum?

JC:

When we started working on the film together he gave me several sheets of paper and he said these are things that I have said that I made up for my wrestling interviews. Theyre lines that Ive used. If Im gonna do an interview about some wrestler Im gonna meet on Saturday night, Ill say these lines and some of them were not what I needed for the film but that particular one I thought thats pretty great? and we can use this, its way out of way out of context here in a way but its fun, its his, so he wrote it.

I:

Do you think the film has, still, some relevant social commentary?

JC:

Thats never in it, thats still with us? They Live is a documentary about whats going on now relevance, of course, yeah its still here. Heres my philosophy on it, Ill just tell you? Ronald Reagan along with your gal there, Iron Lady Thatcher came into power my saying government was a problem, thats an absolute lie? good government is a solution, bad government is a problem, not government, thats all it is

I:

What are your feelings on movie violence?

JC:

Thats a tough one, you know uh, because I defend the directors right to show almost anything, I think we all have to use our err, we have to use whats inside of us to be the judge of whats too much, on the other hand there are things that I think go too far child pornography, I think, goes too far. But theres a part of me that says yeah I can see, coz if you fake it I can understand, and theres another part of me thats the dichotomy, in the sense the battle with an artist if you approach if you approach a piece of material that has some real violence in it, you know uh, you have to figure out how to do it

I:

How do you feel about the latest vogue in horror cinema?

JC:

I bet youre gonna say the words torture porn arent you? I bet youre gonna say that, and now you didnt say it, ok everybody says that

Horror movies always indicate something in the culture in which theyre made and I think if you just think a minute about the plots of a lot of these films, you have Americans going to another country, and are being tortured now if you think about our world, how does that fit in to what we know now?

The John Carpenter Collection is out on DVD on October 6th courtesy of Optimum Releasing.

The John Carpenter Collection

Just in time for Halloween we see the release of the John Carpenter Collection, a dvd set of the best of John Carpenters films. The set features the movies HALLOWEEN, THE THING, THE FOG, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, THEY LIVE, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, PRINCE OF DARKNESS. All of which are the John Carpenter versions that defined a period of cinematic history

Only a handful of filmmakers could hope to achieve the cult status that the legendary John Carpenter and his highly influential, unmistakable movies has attained. Having written, directed, edited and scored the music for the best of his films he remains a true auteur and a groundbreaking innovator of independent cinema. With his vivid imagination, sly streaks of dark humour and his tense, terrifying and sometimes disturbing scenarios he has become renowned as a master of horror and is responsible for creating some of modern cinemas most original and iconic characters, from Halloweens relentlessly evil Michael Myers and Escape from New Yorks unstoppable anti-hero Snake Plisskin to The Fogs unforgettable army of zombie pirates.

Packed full of features and extras the set achieves a whopping 651 minutes running time, a bargain for a set under ?55. Checking Play.com I see that the set is currently listed as under ?40

Full FilmDetails / Features Details:

HALLOWEEN (1978)

Its Halloween night, 1963, and a 17-year-old girl, Judith Myers, is brutally stabbed to death by her younger brother, Michael. Fifteen years to the day and Michael has escaped from a mental institution and is heading back home to begin his murderous rampage. Often replicated but never bettered, Halloween is one of the most successful and controversial independent films of all time, hailed as the original slasher movie. Incredibly dark and disturbing it remains as frightening today as it did on its original release. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasance.

Extras: 5.1 / trailers / Halloween Unmasked 2000 / TV spots / bios

Cert: 18
Feature Running Time: 87 mins approx
Region 2
Feature Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Colour PAL
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
English Language

THE THING (1982)

One of John Carpenters most intense and thrilling horror, science fiction thrillers, The Thing takes place within the claustrophobic confinement of an Antarctic research station. After a Norwegianelicopter mysteriously crashes near his US camp, helicopter pilot JR MacReady (Kurt Russell) travels to the Norwegian base to find out what has happened. Here he finds that a shape shifting alien being, able to replicate any living creature, has infiltrated its crew resulting in hideous deaths and a relentless atmosphere of psychotic paranoia MacReady must find whose form the alien has taken and try and save the rest of the bases inhabitants before its too late.

Extras: John Carpenters The Thing: Terror Takes Shape Making of Documentary / Feature Commentary with John Carpenter & Kurt Russell / Production Background Archive / Cast Production Photos / Production Art & Storyboards / Location Design / Production Archives / Outtakes / Production Notes / Post Production / Theatrical Trailer / Cast & Filmmakers Notes: Kurt Russell, John Carpenter
Cert: 18
Feature Running Time: 104 mins approx
Region 2
Feature Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Colour PAL
Audio: Stereo, 5.1
English Language

THE FOG (1980)

Antonio Bay, California has turned a hundred years old and is getting ready to celebrate its centennial year. But as the residents of the small, quaint harbour town begin to prepare for the festivities a mysterious cloud of fog appears upon the shore and begins to make its way across Antonio Bay leaving a trail of horrifying slaughter which hints to the blood soaked history of the town. Starring Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh.

Extras: Tales From The Mist (30 min documentary) / teaser trailer / trailer / 5.1

Cert: 15
Feature Running Time: 86 mins approx
Region 2
Feature Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Colour PAL
Audio: Stereo, 5.1
English Language

ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976)

Assault on Precinct 13 stands as one of the ultimate genre-defying moments in modern cinema. When a vicious gang murder a young girl in cold blood, her vengeful father incites full blown conflict by shooting one of her killers, before fleeing to the soon-to-be-closed Precinct 13 where only one officer, two secretaries and a handful of criminals remain. Faced by an enemy that is cold, brutal and terrifyingly merciless, Lt. Bishop (Austin Stoker) and the others are isolated as night falls, and then the attack begins.

Extras: Video Q&A with John Carpenter and star Austin Stoker at the American Cinematheque 2002 (23 mins) / Directors Commentary / Isolated Music Score / Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery (17 mins) / 2 Radio Spots / Trailer

Cert: 15
Feature Running Time: 88 mins approx
Region 2
Feature Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Colour PAL
Audio: Mono
English Language

THEY LIVE (1988)

Obey. Submit. Consume. Watch TV. Do not question authority. Money is your god. No independent thought. No Imagination. They live. We sleep. Professional WWF wrestler Rowdy Roddy Powder plays John Nada, a homeless, unemployed construction worker who discovers a pair of sunglasses that when worn suddenly reveal a world run by upwardly mobile, capitalist, yuppie aliens intent on keeping the human race sedate and brainwashed with subliminal messages fed through advertising and the media. Luckily for us all John Nada is a man of action and so begins the fight-back (including perhaps the longest fistfight in cinemas history) to save humankind.

Extras: Making of featurette / John Carpenter & Roddy Piper Commentary / John Carpenter Profile / Roddy Piper profile / Meg Foster profile / trailer

Cert: 18
Feature Running Time: 90 mins approx
Region 2
Feature Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Colour PAL
Audio: Stereo, 5.1
English Language

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)

The year is 1997 and in a police state future the island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum-security prison. The rules are simple: once youre in, you dont come out. But when the United States president (Donald Pleasance) crash lands an escape pod into the centre of the city after fleeing a hijacked plane, a ruthless prison warden (Lee Van Cleef) bribes ex-soldier and criminal Snake Plisskin (Kurt Russell) into entering the hazardous Manhattan and rescuing the distraught president from the twisted world of New York and from the demented clutches of its new ruler The Duke (Isaac Hayes).

Extras: Return to Escape from New York (23 mins) / New and exclusive John Carpenter interview (31 mins) / 3 x original trailers / Snakes Crime (deleted original intro) / 5.1 / Commentary with John Carpenter and Kurt Russell

Cert: 15
Feature Running Time: 94 mins approx
Region 2
Feature Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Colour PAL
Audio: Stereo / 5.1
English Language

(1987)

Deep in the basement of an abandoned church, once run by a sinister religious sect, lies a strange bottle of green liquid being investigated by a group of local theoretic physics students. But as the night draws on the students soon realise that the strange relic holds a dark and powerful force beyond their control. A force that could well be the essence of pure evil: the remains of Satan himself. Starring Donald Pleasance, Jameson Parker and Jason Wong.

Extras: trailer

Cert: 15
Feature Running Time: 97 mins approx
Region 2
Feature Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Colour PAL
Audio: Stereo
English Language