Master of Horror: John Carpenter


John Carpenter is a name who is very well known, but still less appreciated than he should be. Not just for how many iconic films he’s created, but also the fact that he writes, directs, edits, and composes an original score for most of them. It’s those nine movies that he’s had the most control over which we focus on in the episode, but of course The Thing, In the Mouth of Madness, and Big Trouble in Little China also have to come up. We also debate why Wes Craven and the mainstream horror founders get more praise, and if they really deserve it compared to John Carpenter’s legacy.

Jake gives his spoiler-free first impressions of The Creator, Taxi Driver, and Homestead Rescue. Dustin shares thoughts on The Fall of the House of Usher and The Lodge. We also both completely fail to find on-theme beers and the movie draft sees a changing of the guard for the first time since early April.

Before we talk Carpenter though, we get to interview possibly the next generation of total filmmaker: J.R. Stokes. He recently released Headstone of Solitude – a psychological horror period piece, and his first short film ever. Be sure to check out his YouTube and Instagram to watch Headstone and be ready for future projects.  The full movie is available to watch on YouTube!

⁠https://www.youtube.com/@sidscinematics⁠ & ⁠https://www.instagram.com/sidscinematics


Special thank you to Alan Hlavacek and Travis Mason from Attack on Venus for the sick theme music!

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The John Carpenter movies we focus on are:

  • Dark Star (1974)
  • Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
  • Halloween (1978)
  • The Fog (1980)
  • Escape from New York (1981)
  • Prince of Darkness (1987)
  • They Live (1988)
  • Escape from L.A. (1996)
  • Ghosts of Mars (2001)