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John Carpenter Films - Ranked and Why

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People who added this item 586 Average listal rating (394 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 462 Average listal rating (296 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 945 Average listal rating (632 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 727 Average listal rating (477 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It's a bit outdated by today's standards, but it's definitely a must-see for every Carpenter fan, even if I wasn't overwhelmed by it.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 2405 Average listal rating (1601 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 2352 Average listal rating (1541 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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