John Carpenter

Home Entertainment: Escape From New York Review

The folks at Shout Factory have been cranking Carpenter classics onto Blu-ray since they kicked off their Scream Factory genre label and have finally secured the rights to one of his most iconic and important efforts with Escape From New York.

Big Trouble in Little China #1 Review

Find yourself a copy of Big Trouble in Little China and huddle in close because if you love that movie as much as Jay Batzner does, you won't be disappointed with what the Boom! creative team has made for you.

Home Entertainment Round-Up: 11/18/13

Lots to go through this week on the home entertainment front including the coal in the stocking that is the Paul Rudd/Paul Giamatti team-up All is Bright, the Blu-Ray debut of the exceptional astronaut drama The Right Stuff, John Carpenter's ill fated TV pilot Body Bags, the toothless political drama The Attack, charming Irish creature feature Grabbers, the passable Dolph Lundgren/Randy Couture drug actioner Ambushed, and the gleefully sick Canadian sleaze flick, Junkie

What’s Your Take on Cronenberg?

In honour of the huge David Cronenberg exhibit and retrospective currently happening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto (running until January 19th), Dork Shelf talks to a plethora of film writers, personalities, programmers, podcasters, and filmmakers about what their favourite Cronenberg films are.

Blu-Ray Round Up: 11/4/13

This week brings looks at some leftover spooks, 'splosions, and some romance as we transition from Halloween in to the deeper recesses of fall. We look at Roland Emmerich's latest blockbuster White House Down, John Carpenter's underrated In the Mouth of Madness, James's Wan's surprise megahit The Conjuring, Richard Linklater's trilogy capping Before Midnight, and Neil Jordan's unjustly slept-on Byzantium.

Blu-Ray Round-up: 8/19/13

This might be our best Blu-Ray review round up yet, including The Muppet Movie, The Sword in the Stone, Wes Craven's Swamp Thing, John Carpenter's The Fog, Mel Brooks' The Producers, and The Kentucky Fried Movie.

The New Old:
Nothing But Classics

Just in time for your Black Friday holiday shopping sprees, Phil Brown takes a look at some of the biggest classics for film buffs and genre buffs that are currently on Blu-ray retailer shelves: Lawrence of Arabia, E.T., They Live, Dark Star, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Sunset Boulevard, and Rosemary's Baby,

TIFF’s Birth of a Villain

Keeping with today's Halloween theme while looking ahead to next month, we take a look at and talk to Twitch's Todd Brown about his upcoming Birth of a Villain series at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, tracing the history iconic horror movie villains of the 70s and 80s.

Interview: ParaNorman’s Chris Butler & Sam Fell
Part Two

In the age of the omnipresent CG animated film and vapid big budget spectacle, it’s incredibly refreshing to see a lovingly handcrafted stop-motion animated movie like ParaNorman come along. We had a chance to speak with directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell earlier this year, and talked about the talented young cast of the film, the directors' own experiences with bullying, ParaNorman's relationship to the horror genre, the importance of zombies, and much more.

Interview: ParaNorman’s Chris Butler & Sam Fell
Part One

In the age of the omnipresent CG animated film and vapid big budget spectacle, it's incredibly refreshing to see a lovingly handcrafted stop-motion animated movie like ParaNorman come along. We had a chance to speak with directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell earlier this year, and talked about the "John Carpenter meets John Hughes" origins of the film, how technology has helped make stop-frame animation more practical, and much more.

Drive Angry Review

Cigars, whiskey, sunglasses, a naked waitress straddling a clothed, but unzipped Nic Cage, the line “I never disrobe before gunplay”, gunplay, sex, sex and gunplay and whiskey and cigars at the same time. This is the sort of thing you will find in Drive Angry, the newest film in Nic Cage's long and illustrious oeuvre, and this is just one scene.

TIFF 2010
John Carpenter’s
The Ward Review

It must be hard to be a director like John Carpenter. When you create such classics as Halloween, The Thing and Escape from New York within four years, any subsequent films will never apparently measure up. And his new film The Ward, does not, but it is still a solid old-school horror film with plenty of scares and a twist that is only obvious after the fact.

TIFF 2010
Midnight Madness Lineup

Midnight Madness has always been a favourite refuge for dorks at the Toronto International Film Festival. Free from the stuffy attitude that plagues the rest of the festival, Midnight Madness is just about the movies. Awesome, weird and insane movies. The programme is a showcase for the best in sci-fi, fantasy, action, horror, animation and […]