From creating one of the most iconic horror franchises of all time in Halloween to setting the standard for truly terrifying practical effects in The Thing, John Carpenter’s movies have sent blood-splattered shockwaves through the filmmaking landscape.
His oft-bleak, wry, and impeccably crafted pop gems ran through an increasingly conservative 1980s, leaving a trail of cinematic carnage in their wake.
Often under-appreciated in their time, his vision and mastery of the craft have allowed his films to age like fine wine. With themes that still resonate strongly today and tension you could with a bloody chef’s knife, Carpenter elevates his stories far above their pulpy premises. A true craftsman, he often pulled double, triple, or quadruple duty writing, directing, scoring, and even editing his own films.
Beginning this Memorial Day the Alamo Drafthouse, in collaboration with Fangoria, kicks off a retrospective summer screening series featuring the work of one of the greatest masters of horror, John Carpenter. Starting with his first movie Dark Star and hitting a bunch of fan favorites, including a double feature of Escape From New York and Escape From LA, there’s something here for any genre fan to watch.
The Summer of Darkness series runs through Labor Day, an excellent way to take a break from the heat and enjoy some of John Carpenter’s classics on the big screen.
Guests at select screenings will even receive a free, custom-designed letterpress poster featuring art from the original newspaper ads for Carpenter’s films, while supplies last.