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John Carpenter Films - Ranked and Why

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People who added this item 573 Average listal rating (393 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.1

It's odd to see a director helming a masterful horror film like Halloween and then dish up this trash. Vampires is trash in its most simplistic form. Unfortunately, it's not enjoyable trash. It's mostly just bad, smelly trash.

The action is dull, the kills are boring, the vampires are meh, the plot is non-existent and the characters are even further off.
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People who added this item 449 Average listal rating (295 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.6
The Ward (2010)

John Carpenter's return to directing is a minor disappointment, and it is disappointing to see that he chose to direct a script like this, instead of writing his own. For the problem with The Ward is that there is barely anything new to spot here. The writers have just thrown in every horror ingredient they could think of. Which results in a film that is rather unfocused, and that relies a lot on it's decent twist ending.

Yet, while the script is one of the problems, it's clear that Carpenter must be a bit rusty as well. While he does manage to build up suspense in many scenes, it's sad to see that he has to turn to cheap scare gimmicks like jump-scares.
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People who added this item 923 Average listal rating (627 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7

Christine is a film that starts of rather brilliantly. The atmosphere, music, tension and mystery are always things Carpenter manages to do well when he's at his best. Unfortunately, I rarely think he's at his best very often. And that's the case here.

This is a film that just loses it the longer it goes on. It's a silly premise, and it just falls straight into ridiculousness towards the end. Making the beginning and the ending seem like two different films.
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People who added this item 706 Average listal rating (475 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8

The Fog may not ultimately satisfy me, as I think it loses focus way too often, but as an atmospheric horror film, The Fog work rather well.

It's a bit outdated by today's standards, but it's definitely a must-see for every Carpenter fan, even if I wasn't overwhelmed by it.
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People who added this item 2333 Average listal rating (1592 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1

I've always enjoyed the fear, paranoia and isolation that's present in The Thing, as well as its practical effects. But I guess I'm in the minority of thinking that it's overlong and at times rather dull.

I do like the Norwegian the beginning, seeing as I understand his very broken attempt at shouting in Norwegian. It's amusing.
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People who added this item 2271 Average listal rating (1512 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8

There's a saying in filmmaking that quite often "less is more". John Carpenter's Halloween embodies that rule to perfection. It might not necessarily scare today's audiences in the same way that some other films might do, but Halloween manages to capture a sense of dread and terror that few films are unable to do. It's a film that understands how important it is to build suspense and atmosphere. The scenes with Michael Myers just lurking around to Carpenter's iconic score are masterfully made. Yet, Carpenter also knows that you have to unleash that suspense into actual horror, which he does with a couple of well-made kill and chase scenes.

There are however a few things that bothers me. I don't understand why they felt the need to show Myers face. I think some of the kid acting is on the edge of being unbearable. I think the final few minutes are somewhat anticlimactic. Yet, this is a classic and a horror masterpiece.
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Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Jan 3 5:47
I've seen 7 of his films, and if I made a list right now mine would look like:
1. The Thing
2. Halloween
3. Big Trouble in Little China
4. They Live
5. Escape from NY
6. Christine
7. In the Mouth of Madness

I probably need to re-watch Escape from NY though, and I have The Fog and Assault on Precinct 13 waiting in my queue. Definitely no urge to watch The Ward from all I've heard.
Posted: 6 years, 6 months ago at Feb 14 3:44
In the Mouth of Madness is definitely worth a look as well as Escape From New York. Best to stay as far away as possible from Ghosts of Mars though.
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Oct 14 20:06
Love the fact that you have 'Halloween' at number one. Horror films don't get any better. However, I disagree that it isn't scary at all. Of course, it was MUCH more frightening in the 70's (even 80's and 90's), but if you let yourself go while watching it today, it actually is pretty damn creepy.
Posted: 9 months, 3 weeks ago at Oct 22 18:56
Loved your list , can't miss Escape from NY , Assault on precinct 13 , Village of the damned , and Big trouble in little China (though its not really scary more of an action adventure) , avoid escape from LA its just bad , and ghost of mars is also bad but at least entertaining. Also if you get the chance , the original the thing is a great movie , tho its not john carpenter , but classic old cinema.

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