Today is the birthday of the greatest American writer of the 20th Century. I am, of course, talking about Howard Phillips Lovecraft, born August 20th, 1890. I couldn’t let it pass without writing some form of tribute to the man who, without his limitless imagination of cosmic horror, the horror world would’ve never been as we know it today. He was contemporaries with Robert Bloch (PSYCHO), Robert E. Howard (CONAN THE BARBARIAN), and Fritz Leiber, amongst others, going on to influence every great horror writer we revere today. Stephen King called Lovecraft “the Twentieth Century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale,” and Neil Gaiman has called him “Rock and Roll.” That last quote could be taken quite literally as Lovecraft has been referenced in bands such as Black Sabbath and Metallica, amongst many others, with a psychedelic band in the 60s/70s even naming themselves after the man.
All I can say is, “it’s about fucking time.” John Carpenter is truly one of the masters of the genre. While HALLOWEEN is often his claim to fame, my personal favorite of his has to be THE THING, an absolute perfect film full of dread, horror, the ultimate in practical special effects, an amazing ensemble cast, fantastic writing, and perfect direction. THE THING is a perfect storm of horror perfection, and for nothing else, he deserves the award for that film alone.
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
Director John Carpenter, the “Master of Horror” will be honored with a Career Achievement Award at the 12th annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival on Saturday, October 20th, beginning at 7 p.m. with a Q&A, and followed by a screening of Carpenter’s 1987 film Prince of Darkness. The event, and all things Screamfest will take place at LA Live Regal Cinemas (1000 West Olympic Blvd., LA, CA).
Carpenter burst onto the horror scene in 1978 with the wildly popular Halloween, followed by such hits as The Fog, The Thing, Christine, Escape From New York, Prince of Darkness, Village of the Damned, and In the Mouth of Madness.
In Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness, a sinister secret has been kept in a basement of an abandoned Los Angeles church for many years. If revealed, it could mean the end of the world. Starring Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount and Jameson Parker.
Just read THIS news over at Fangoria’s site:
Latino Review spoke recently with Marc Abraham, who confirmed that he (and his Strike Entertainment partner Eric Newman) are still working on the new film based on John Carpenter’s THE THING that we previously reported on back here. Only now, instead of a remake, Abraham tells the site, “This is more of a prequel than a sequel… It’s going to be taking place in the same time frame. These are the events leading up to the 1982 film.” Presumably this means that it’ll involve the decimation of the Norwegian base investigated by Kurt Russell and co. early in Carpenter’s movie (pictured), though Abraham didn’t share any more plot details. Nor did he mention if a director is attached, or whether Ronald D. (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) Moore is still scripting. We’ll keep our ears to the ground and let you know any further updates. -Michael Gingold
Sounds like it’d be cool if Carpenter were doing it. My early prediction…it’s going to suck out loud. But I’m hoping for the best. Who knows, if one of the scripters for the Battlestar Galactica television series is working on it, the story may not be so bad as the writers did miracles with that show as no one really was going to initially take it seriously. They took a cheesy sci-fi show and turned it into a compelling drama with characters and a storyline you could really care about. So…fingers crossed. We need some good horror.