The Phoenix has once again risen from its ashes. I just noticed that THE WARD (Horror/Thriller) has just been categorized as “Filming” at Imdb. Anyone happy apart from me here ?
John Carpenter rocks. The man is one creative sonofagun. Evem if his work leans toward the cheesy side (which it does a lot) it is still good entertainment.
Come on ! Where are you hiding, all those who like me, in the early 80’s, thought that John Carpenter was the only living alternative to Steven Spielberg ?
Are you already in a wheelchair or did you finally choose to join the versatile crowd waiting, in the stadium of ESCAPE from L.A., the scheduled death of Snake Carpenter Plissken ?
John Carpenter has the potential to be good – Halloween and The Thing were both really good movies, maybe even great. But he also has made a lot of not good movies. I hope that The Ward is a good movie, but I’m not holding my breath. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Premise sounds interesting. A return to horror for Carpenter is promising. I’m looking forward to it.
Really looking forward to it. Fingers crossed this gets JC back on track.
Carpenter always deserves attention.
Its still hard to imagine that the last feature hes done is Ghosts of fukken Mars, but I overall second the general sentiment here, any new Carpenter is awesome news.
U.S. theatrical release : Sept. 28th, 2010.
Anybody who first developed a love of cinema in the 70s – who first developed a love of cinema in the 70s – must love John Carpenter…or else he/she is full of shit.
Is the verbal abuse necessary?
I suppose not…unreserved apologies for that outburst. I should have said something like I wouldn’t trust a film fan who grew up in the 70s and expressed a dislike for Mr C.
>>John Carpenter has the potential to be good – Halloween and The Thing were both really good movies, maybe even great. But he also has made a lot of not good movies. I hope that The Ward is a good movie, but I’m not holding my breath.<<
I’m in the same boat as Paul (and I’d add THE FOG up until the very end and BOG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, probably my favorite Carpenter). The man has made an awful lot of crap… probably more crap than good films. And he’s made not having a comprehensible ending a trademark.
I absolutely love Carpenter. He’s easily one of my top three all-time favorite directors and I would love to think of this as a return to form but I saw some featurette some French television show did online (if anyone can track this down, please do, I forgot where I saw it) and I didn’t think The Ward looked that great. I certainly hope I’m wrong.
Anyway, given he’s successfully done “non-horror” films like Starman, Big Trouble in Little China and Assault on Precinct 13 (I realize there’s some gray area with this one but I do think it’s first and foremost gritty crime film), I’d like to see him take the Cronenberg route and try his hand at a dark character drama. There was a rumor he was going to do a prison film with Nicholas Cage but like a lot of rumored projects with him, it floated away.
Fingers crossed The Ward is good.
I’m definitely holding out for a return to form but I won’t hold my breath. I don’t think he’s made a good film since the 1980s and that’s a long, long time. Admittedly, I haven’t seen In the Mouth of Madness. Does it have any defenders?
I rather like In the Mouth of Madness
Ari, In The Mouth of Madness was his last good film. You definitely need to check it out.
I hated In the Mouth of Madness.
In The Mouth Of Madness is amazing
Just wanted to add my name to the list of excited people ready to see the master’s return.
I’m intrigued. Seems like a polarizing film. I’m going to check it out. Can’t be worse than Ghost of Mars!
Ghosts Of Mars was WAY better than Red Planet AND Mission To Mars.
I’ll give you Red Planet but I kinda have a soft spot for Mission to Mars. But saying Ghosts of Mars is better than Red Planet is like saying his Vampires is better than Twilight! I’m measuring “can’t be worse” by the rest of his films!
I can’t wait I love John C.
John Carpenter deserves to stay in our memories because his whole filmography is a metaphor of his fight against the establishment (Hollywood studios, morals, etc…). Long lives Snake Plissken !
>>Admittedly, I haven’t seen In the Mouth of Madness. Does it have any defenders?<<
It’s very good until the last 15 minutes or so when it just goes out of control and end up with one of the biggest WTF moments in the history of cinema. There’s great stuff in it, but ultimately it’s a mess.
I wish Carpenter would return to form. HALLOWEEN, THE THING, THE FOG (to an extent), STARMAN and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA are excellent films. I just can’t figure out what he thinks he’s doing these days.
ahahaha i can’t wait for this movie to come out
I really hope this is good. Nothing I’ve seen suggests it will but I love it when I’m wrong in these matters.