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John Carpenter (Creative Essentials)

Description: One of the most iconic directors of American cinema, John Carpenter has astonished audiences the world over with his tightly crafted horror, thriller, and science-fiction films. Not just a director, Carpenter's talents also extend to writing the screenplays and soundtracks to many of his films, and this guide covers his work as a director, composer, writer, and producer. It examines Carpenter's influences and style and the films that have, in turn, been influenced by him. From the existential comedy classic Dark Star through to the terrifying smash hit Halloween, the taut siege of Assault on Precinct 13 to the visceral Vampires there's action and tension all around. But it's not all ghosts from The Fog or horrific mutations in The Thing, there's time for romance in the science-fiction road movie Starman and even for the King himself in the superior bio-pic Elvis: The Movie. John Carpenter's films are always memorable, distinctive, and unashamed of their genre roots.

Written By: Michelle Le Blanc and Colin Odell
Publisher: Pocket Essentials, Oldcastle Books
Release Date: Mars 08, 2001, April 28, 2011
Pages: 160


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John Carpenter - The Prince of Darkness (Director's Cut)

Description: John Carpenter, a quintessential horror movie director, is a true film auteur -- a writer, director, composer, producer, editor, and actor -- whose unique and inspired work has brought him the praise and admiration of both film critics and horror cultists. He is both the product of and an important participant in the American filmmaking tradition, and the intelligent, moody, and strange films with which his name is so quickly associated are sometimes simply Westerns in disguise. Essentially a lengthy, lively, and candid interview with Carpenter, this book covers his background, his inspirations, and his ups and downs in Hollywood and thoroughly discusses each of his films. Among the many and varied subjects that pop up are his Bible Belt childhood, German expressionism, Howard Hawks, John Wayne, The King, Barbra Streisand, Michael Myers, Kurt Russell, Stephen King, quantum physics, and attractive female extras. Among Carpenter's films are Dark Star, Halloween, Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog, Escape From New York, The Thing, Christine, Big Trouble in Little China, Prince of Darkness, They Live, Village of the Damned, In the Mouth of Madness, and Escape From L.A. In addition to penning most of the screenplays for the films he has directed, he co-wrote The Eyes of Laura Mars.


Escape From New York (Pages: 122-132)
Escape From L.A. (Pages: 242-250)

Written By: Gilles Boulenger
Publisher: Silman-James Press
Release Date: May 01, 2003
Pages: 220



The Cinema of John Carpenter - The Technique of Terror

Description: John Carpenter is a seminal figure in the history of horror and science fiction filmmaking. His work in these genres has been highly influential in their ongoing development. This book gives Carpenter's output the sustained critical treatment it deserves. It comprises essays that address the whole of Carpenter's work, as well as others which focus on a smaller number of key films. Some essays take on wide-ranging issues such as Carpenter's approach to remakes and the question of genre, while others are organized around a specific theme or technical aspect of Carpenter's film-making. The text's key strength is that it draws upon an international group of scholars offering a variety of expertise. Films discussed include Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Halloween (1978) and its subsequent sequels, Escape from New York (1981), Escape from L.A.(1996), The Fog (1980), The Thing (1982), Village of the Damned (1995) and Ghosts of Mars (2001). The book also features an exclusive interview with John Carpenter.

Masculinity, Kurt Russell and the Escape Films By Robert Shail (Pages: 107-117)
From Elvis to L.A.: Reflections on the Carpenter-Russell Films By Tony Williams (Pages: 118-127)

Edited By: Ian Conrich & David Woods
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Release Date: 2004
Pages: 224


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The Films of John Carpenter

Description: The films of John Carpenter cover a tremendous range and yet all bear his clear personal stamp. From the horrifying (Halloween) to the touching (Starman) to the controversial (The Thing) to the comic (Big Trouble in Little China), his films reflect a unique approach to filmmaking and singular views of humanity and American culture.

This analysis of Carpenter's films includes a historical overview of his career, and in-depth entries on each of his films, from 1975's Dark Star to 1998's Vampires. Complete cast and production information is provided for each. The book also covers those films written and produced by Carpenter, such as Halloween II and Black Moon Rising, as well as Carpenter's work for television. Appendices are included on films Carpenter was offered but turned down, the slasher films that followed in the wake of the highly-successful Halloween, the actors and characters who make repeated appearances in Carpenter's films, and ratings for Carpenter's work. Notes, bibliography, and index are included.


Escape From New York (Pages: 90-98)
Escape From L.A. (Pages: 178-186)


Written By: John Kenneth Muir
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc.
Release Date: March 02, 2005
Pages: 275


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There Are Worse Things I Could Do

Description: Adrienne Barbeau never set out to be a sex symbol and she never intended to become the poster girl for women over 50 having babies, but both those stories and a lot more are detailed in this witty, revealing memoir of the Tony-nominated actress. This book covers Adrienne's early years in New York ("No one said Mafia out loud in those days. There was always the fear you wouldn't live to say anything else."), to starring on Broadway in Grease ("Alexander Cohen swore the only way we'd win a Tony was over his dead body"). She tells tales about her two hit television series (Maude and Carnivale), her many television and feature films (The Fog, Escape from New York, Cannonball Run, Swamp Thing, Back to School, Creepshow), her singing career ("Doc Severinson and the band had been in the audience during my nude foray off-Broadway in Stag Movie"), her romance with Burt Reynolds, her marriage to director John Carpenter, and marrying a much younger man and giving birth to twins at age 51.


Escape (Pages: 183-190)

Written By: Adrienne Barbeau
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Release Date: April 03, 2007
Pages: 368


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On Set with John Carpenter

Description:

John Carpenter's producing partner Debra Hill hired photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker to be the unit photographer on Halloween, and Kim soon became part of Carpenter's filmmaking family, going on to shoot stills on the sets of some of his most iconic films:
Halloween
The Fog
Escape from New York
Halloween II

Christine

Collected together here for the first time is the best of that on-set photography, with iconic, rare, and previously unseen images. All accompanied by exclusive commentary from those involved, including John Carpenter himself, and other key crew and cast.

From production stills, to candids of the stars between takes, and the crew in action, alongside portrait shots of the actors who would eagerly pose for Kim, this book gives an unprecedented glimpse into the action on set with John Carpenter.


Escape From New York (Pages: 68-125)

By: Kim Gottlieb-Walker
Publisher: Titan Books
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Pages: 176


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Description:

John Carpenter's producing partner Debra Hill hired photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker to be the unit photographer on Halloween, and Kim soon became part of Carpenter's filmmaking family, going on to shoot stills on the sets of some of his most iconic films:
Halloween
The Fog
Escape from New York
Halloween II

Christine

Collected together here for the first time is the best of that on-set photography, with iconic, rare, and previously unseen images. All accompanied by exclusive commentary from those involved, including John Carpenter himself, and other key crew and cast.

From production stills, to candids of the stars between takes, and the crew in action, alongside portrait shots of the actors who would eagerly pose for Kim, this book gives an unprecedented glimpse into the action on set with John Carpenter.


Escape From New York (Pages: 68-125)

By: Kim Gottlieb-Walker
Publisher: Yosensha
Release Date: May 07, 2016
Pages: 176


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Interviews
Behind the lens with John Carpenter's set photographer By Peter Yeung, Dazed Digital
Kim Gottlieb-Walker Discusses Her New Book, On Set with John Carpenter By Heather Wixon, Daily Dead
[Interview] Kim Gottlieb-Walker Takes You 'On Set With John Carpenter' By Matt Artz, Halloween Daily News
On Set With John Carpenter: The Photographs Of Kim Gottlieb-Walker By David Ehrlich, Little White Lies
Flavorwire Interview: Kim Gottlieb-Walker on Capturing John Carpenter’s Landmark Horror Classics By Alison Natasi, Flavorwire
Deep Fried Interview: On Set with John Carpenter author Kim Gottlieb-Walker By Matt Mulcahey, Deep Fried Movies
Kim Gottlieb-Walker On the Set with John Carpenter By Terry Wickham, Manta Ray Pictures