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A selection of personal favourites from John Carpenter...

THE THING (1982)

Directed by John Carpenter.
Written by Bill Lancaster.
Based on the story Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell Jr.
Starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan and Peter Maloney.
While working at a remote research station in the Antarctic, an American crew are disturbed one morning when members of a nearby Norwegian base chase a dog into their camp, hellbent on destroying it. Taking the animal into their care, they soon discover that it is a shape-shifting alien being that is capable of taking the appearance of any one of them, causing the men to suspect and turn against each other.

HALLOWEEN (1978)

Directed by John Carpenter.
Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.
Starring Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards, Brian Andrews, Nancy Stephens, Sandy Johnson, Nick Castle and Tony Moran.

At the age of six, Michael Myers had murdered his sister in cold blood. Having spent the next fifteen years under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Loomis at Smith's Grove in Illinois, Michael escapes the day before Halloween. Making his way back to his hometown of Haddonfield, Michael sets his sights on virginal high school student Laurie Strode and her two promiscuous friends, Annie and Lynda, with the intention of continuing what he had started over a decade earlier.

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986)

Directed by John Carpenter.
Written by Gary Goldman, David Z. Weinstein and W.D. Richter.
Starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Donald Li, Carter Wong, Peter Kwong, James Pax, Chao Li Chi, Jeff Imada and Suzee Pai.

After failing to honour a bet to his close friend, arrogant trucker Jack Burton, Wang Chi asks for a ride to the airport to collect his partner, Miao Yin. But when she is kidnapped by a dangerous gang, Jack discovers a hidden world filled with dark magic, all under the control of the evil sorcerer Lo Pan.

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)

Directed by John Carpenter.
Written by John Carpenter and Nick Castle.
Starring Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau Tom Atkins, Charles Cyphers and John Strobel.
With an uncontrollable rise in crime, Liberty Island is transformed into a maximum security prison. When Air Force One is hijacked by terrorists the plane crashes on the island, leaving the fate of the American president uncertain. Disgraced war hero-turned-criminal Snake Plissken is blackmailed by police commissioner Hauk to venture into the prison and rescue the president, and as an added incentive he is injected with a poison that gives him 24 hours to complete his mission.

THEY LIVE (1988)

Directed by John Carpenter.
Written by John Carpenter.
Based on the story Eight O'Clock in the Morning by Ray Nelson.
Starring Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George 'Buck' Flower, Peter Jason, Raymond St. Jacques and John Lawrence.
The country is suffering from a recession, with millions homeless or out-of-work. A stranger called Nada drifts into Los Angeles looking for a way to make some money and soon lands construction work, where he meets Frank. After discovering a pair of sunglasses that shows the world as it really is, he realises that society has been overrun by aliens who have taken the form of humans and brainwashed mankind through the seduction of Capitalism.

ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976)

Directed by John Carpenter.
Written by John Carpenter.
Starring Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, Martin West, Martin West, Tony Burton, Charles Cyphers , Nancy Loomis, Peter Bruni, John J. Fox, Marc Ross, Alan Koss and Henry Brandon.
After a Los Angeles street gang are gunned down by the police, they wage war against the officers of the city. Lieutenant Bishop has been assigned to oversee the closure of a precinct, with just the secretarial staff and a captain remaining. An unexpected arrival of a prison bus is the first of Bishop's problems, as soon afterwards the hang cut off the power to the station and declare war on the inhabitants, both police and prisoners.

PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987)

Directed by John Carpenter.
Written by John Carpenter.
Starring Donald Pleasence, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong, Lisa Blount, Dennis Dun, Susan Blanchard, Anne Howard, Ann Yen, Ken Wright, Dirk Blocker, Jessie Lawrence Ferguson and Peter Jason.
A priest is leading a group of scientists in an invesitgation inside an old church which houses a large cylinder filled with a mysterious liquid. Among his crew is Professor Birack and several of his students, including Brian and his partner, Catherine. They fear that the cylinder holds some kind of Antichrist or Devil, pure evil itself, and one-by-one the group fall under its power.

IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (1994)

Directed by John Carpenter.
Written by Michael De Luca.
Starring Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, J├╝rgen Prochnow, David Warner, John Glover, Bernie Casey, Peter Jason, Charlton Heston, Frances Bay, Wilhelm von Homburg and Conrad Bergschneider.

Insurance investigator John Trent is hired by a publisher to find the location of Sutter Cane, their best-selling and most acclaimed author, who recently disappeared before submitting the manuscript for his latest book. Cane's work has a profound infuence of the mind of its readers, turning seemingly sane men into homicidal maniacs, as Trent discovers when he is almost hacked to pieces by Cane's deranged agent. Working with Cane's editor, Linda, Trent heads out in search of the author but soon finds himself trapped in the town of Hobb's End, the fictional location featured in all of his novels, a place that is home to all manner of unspeakable evil.

SOMEONE'S WATCHING ME! (1978)

Directed by John Carpenter.
Written by John Carpenter.
Starring Lauren Hutton, David Birney, Adrienne Barbeau, Charles Cyphers, Grainger Hines, Len Lesser, John Mahon, James Murtaugh, J. Jay Saunders, Michael Laurence, George Skaff and Robert Phalen.
Leigh moves out from the East Coast to California when she lands a role directing live television in Los Angeles. She moves into her new apartment but her arrival soon arouses the interest of a stalker that lives in a nearby building. At first he is content with merely watching her through his telescope, but before long he is leaving her gifts and disturbing phone calls, eventually leading to him breaking into her apartment.

DARK STAR (1974)

Directed by John Carpenter.
Written by John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon.
Starring Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm, Dre Pahich and Dan O'Bannon.
In the deep reaches of space, Dark Star travels through the galaxies destroying unstable planets to enable mankind to colonise other regions of the universe. Due to the lack of excitement and activity, the crew have slowly begun to lose their minds, losing their sense of identity and alienating their fellow shipmates. To make matters worse, an alien lifeform that was brought onboard as a mascot has escaped and is causing mischief around the ship, while one of the intelligent bombs has malfunctioned and is set to explode.