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John Carpenter Prince Of Darkness [Paperback]

Gilles Boulenger
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Oct. 1 2002
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.

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By Andrew
Featuring details from all his films, including the writing, the problems, the music and everything in between. This is an essential book for any John Carpenter fan! It also gives details of his childhood, Howard Hawks and other films that have inspired him, Growing up in Bowling Green and his time learning the trade he knows so well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars finally a great book on a great director. April 30 2004
this book is great. it covers every film in good detail and carpenter doesn't sugar coat any details and shares some great stories. this book is contagious and essintle reading for any who loves the films of john carpenter or films in his genre. do your self a favor and buy this book now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential for any fan of John Carpenter. Feb. 28 2004
While I have always been a huge fan of John Carpenter, enjoying each of his movies on more than just one level, I never really knew that much personal information about the man behind the camera. This book changes all that with a lengthy interview that touches on topics both professional and personal. Both film buffs and Carpenter fans will come away feeling as if they have been talking with the quiet, self-deprecating man that has written, scored, and directed such trend starting classics as Halloween and Escape from New York. This is required reading for any Carpenter fan. Highest recommendation.
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