Thursday, October 7, 2010

John Carpenter Week: Contributions - Thursday, October 7

Here is the latest round of contributions from around the blogosphere. This page will be updated throughout the day so check back often.

"No matter how justifiably praised Rob Bottin’s designs on the creature are I still don’t think you can quite over estimated just how unique they are. Probably the only creature design in the last thirty years not completely beholden to HR Giger’s work in Alien. There is such a malevolent logic to Bottin’s work, and such a life to its practical side, that when I say I consider it the apex of practical effects, I’m not exaggerating."
- 31 Days of Horror: Day 7: The Thing - Things That Don't Suck
"here is a tribute in stills to one of Carpenter's most legendary films (which I saw in the theaters at the ripe age of nine back in the day)."
- Operation Screenshot (Films of the Eighties): John Carpenter's Escape from New York - Moon in the Gutter
"Bridges creates an incredibly believable, alien creature that has taken up residence within the vessel of a human figure. His movements, facial ticks, twitches are like that of a squirrel or gecko to give the impression of something entirely alien. Bridges was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance for a reason, one of the best foreign, fish-out-of-water roles that I can recall."
- Starman - Musings of a Sci-Fi Fanatic

"That's Hawksian mythology clashing with a modern orientation, living through movies clashing with living through life. Carpenter is clear here; Hawks wins, and a serial killer, a cop and a sexy secretary can fight off hordes of homicidal teenagers. Four years later he would come to a very different conclusion, as Kehr pointed out, but here, just once, everything went right."
- Only Men Who Follow Orders - The Shock of Glimpsing


  1. Some great contributions, here. Thanks, J.D.

  2. When I was in high school, we went on a national journalism convention and saw an early preview of Starman. Being a silly kid, I was one of the throng surrounding Jeff Bridges for his autograph (this was early November) and I congratulated him in advance for the Oscar nomination he would be receiving for it. I wonder if this junior in high school was the first to say it out loud to him. Hey, how about my prescience, though?

  3. le0pard13:

    Thanks! Yeah, we got some real keepers today. Very happy with all of them.

    Edward Copeland:

    Heh! That's a good story and I'm jealous you got in such close contact with Bridges!

  4. J.D.

    Thanks so much. A pleasure and an honor to be apart of it. If I've never said it, let me say it now that you are a class act my friend.

  5. Actually, I met him "for real" two other times in junket interviews for Fearless and Blown Away

  6. I gotta say, the best thing about these blogathons is finding so many new sites to add to my "must read" list! Great stuff from today!

  7. The Sci-Fi Fanatic:

    Thank you so much for the kind words, my friend. I'm really honored and flattered!

    Edward Copeland:

    Agh! Lucky bastard. : )


    Tell me about it! I have discovered quite a few new blogs and found an embarrassment of riches contained within 'em.