John Carpenter


The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a Living Horror History Museum

Over three years ago on this very blog, I was gushing about what a fantastically scary comic series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was. Well it's 2018 now, and thanks to a very successful Riverdale TV show, we have recently just experienced the first season of the live-action Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series. And what a season! Not only did I love the storytelling and how the tone got progressively darker as it went, but I was blown away by the multitude of Easter eggs in this show. I mean, this is beyond few nods here and there to the movies and stories[...]


THE VOID is a Love Letter to John Carpenter

John Carpenter is my director of all time. Not even just my favorite horror director--my favorite director. The three biggest influences on my writing are Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft and John Carpenter, and it's my love for Carpenter that is most easily seen in every story I write. So as a lifelong fan of Carpenter's work, I can truly appreciate what a love letter The Void is to three Carpenter films in particular--Prince of Darkness, The Thing and Assault on Precinct 13. And while the movie does not execute on everything it sets out to do, it's a solid horror[...]


The Stranger Things Soundtrack is Out! Get it now!

It’s no secret that I love Stranger Things. In fact, I’m so bold as to say that I think it’s one of the best shows I’ve seen in my life. Yep. Seriously.   One of the things I love most about this show is the thing that my writing partner Brian LeTendre and I talk about a lot…music. Soundtrack is such a huge part of any successful horror movie or show. I’m a huge fan of John Carpenter for this reason. You know, the legendary director and composer behind some of the best horror soundtracks ever? (My favorite is the synth driven Halloween, Hallow[...]


Remembering Roddy Piper With THEY LIVE

I was shocked and saddened to learn about the passing of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper a couple weeks back. In addition to being one of my favorite wrestlers of all time, Roddy Piper teamed with my favorite director John Carpenter in 1988 for a movie that has had a profound influence on my own work--They Live. At the time They Live came out, both Carpenter and Piper were both still huge in their respective industries. Carpenter had been on a decade-long directorial run of amazing genre movies that included Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, Christin[...]