John Carpenter's Secret to Making Terrifying Soundtracks

The horror movie master himself, John Carpenter, is about to release his debut solo album, Lost Themes. Remember the ultra-creepy synth music in the movie Halloween? Yeah, that was him. The weird part is that he started out wanting to make westerns. » 12/30/14 10:30am 12/30/14 10:30am

This Read-Along Version Of The Thing Is The Best Bedtime Story Ever

Remember Read-Along books? (No, not you, young people.) The books where you also had a record of someone narrating it, and you'd turn the page every time you heard he chime? Well, someone made one for John Carpenter's The Thing, and it's awesome. » 8/20/14 3:40pm 8/20/14 3:40pm

Everything You Never Knew About The Making Of Escape From New York

How did Escape From New York become one of the greatest cult movies of all time? It was sheer luck that this film even got made — and a similar amount of luck was involved in Kurt Russell surviving the filming. Here are all the weirdest secrets, and wildest adventures, from the making of John Carpenter's classic film. » 5/28/14 11:27am 5/28/14 11:27am

Totally Revolting Birthday Cake Shaped Like "Split-Face" from The Thing

We've seen birthday cakes shaped like all sorts of science fiction icons, including star destroyers. But it takes a special kind of geek to want a birthday cake fashioned after the "Split-Face" from John Carpenter's The Thing. » 3/13/14 3:51pm 3/13/14 3:51pm

Jack Burton returns in the new Big Trouble in Little China comic!

You know what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like this? HELL YEAH. Boom Studios has — very cryptically — announced they're making a comic based on John Carpenter's 1986 masterpiece Big Trouble in Little China with this awesome image of Jack Burton by The Goon's Eric Powell. » 2/26/14 10:40am 2/26/14 10:40am

John Carpenter's Games of the Year

Giant Bomb reached out to director John Carpenter, who they had previously interviewed about his interest in video games, and asked for a list of his favorite games of the year. He obliged. » 12/25/13 1:36pm 12/25/13 1:36pm

This Week’s DVDs are just more collateral damage to the Man of Steel

There's not much going on this week, home video-wise, but that's okay. If there were, they'd just be obliterated by Man of Steel as it focuses on its deadly battle to get all the sales this week. But look among the rubble and you find a swell new edition of Akira, tee-totaling tentacle monsters and more! » 11/11/13 3:20pm 11/11/13 3:20pm

10 Best Science Fiction Stories Where Humans Are The Monsters

Humans are capable of immense greatness and largeness of spirit — but we can also be total horrible bastards, sometimes. And science fiction is full of stories where we terrorize and mistreat innocent creatures. Here are the 10 best stories where humans are the villains. » 9/26/13 10:36am 9/26/13 10:36am

The Dark Knight rises higher than ever before in This Week’s DVDs

Have you held off on buying Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy on DVD or Blu-ray? If so, your patience is about to pay off. Plus, Iron Man teams up with Peggy Carter, Doctor Who gets ready for the end, and meet a cross-dressing zombie, all in this week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases! » 9/23/13 3:20pm 9/23/13 3:20pm

Gods, devils, demons and more have possessed This Week’s Comics

It's a royal rumble of destructive deities this week! We have demons and the Devil running amuck in John Carpenter's Asylum! Someone is straight-up murdering gods in Thor! The Elder Gods awake from their nap (and bath) in Scott Snyder's The Wake! Check out all this and plenty of secular action in this week's comics! » 5/28/13 2:20pm 5/28/13 2:20pm

Escape from New York is getting rebooted into a trilogy

It's been a while since we last heard about a proposed Escape from New York remake, but alas, Hollywood can't keep its grubby hands off needless reboots for long. Deadline reports that not only is Joel Silver and Studio Canal planning on remaking John Carpenter's cult classic, but they plan on making it a trilogy,… » 3/19/13 6:40am 3/19/13 6:40am

Could this be the official ending to John Carpenter's The Thing?

One great ambiguous ending is the last scene in John Carpenter's The Thing. Even short films have been made dissecting the last few minutes where Kurt Russell and Keith David drink to their impending doom. Earlier this week a completely unverified rumor popped up on Reddit claiming to know who was infected in the… » 2/19/13 8:00am 2/19/13 8:00am

12 Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies That Are Just Pure Nonstop Fun

Many of our favorite movies feature quiet, introspective moments or deep philosophical discussions in between the scenes where everything is exploding and everyone is running in every possible direction. And that's great. But sometimes, you just want a movie that hits the ground running, and keeps running at top… » 11/30/12 10:05am 11/30/12 10:05am

Big Trouble in Little China + Gangnam Style. John Carpenter approves.

"Gangnam Style" and its subsequent parodies became overexposed sometime during the Cretaceous period, but this warms my cold dead heart like a candy sunbeam. » 10/22/12 12:05pm 10/22/12 12:05pm

What if The Thing had its own kid-friendly 1980s toy line?

Remember how old Alien toy ads transformed xenobiological body horror into an excuse to sell action figures? Fake commercial maker Arlox has harnessed this instinct for this Saturday morning spot shilling articulated plastic based on John Carpenter's The Thing. "Happy birthday, kids! You all got mutated torsos." » 8/28/12 8:20am 8/28/12 8:20am

Science Fiction and Fantasy Creators Who Became Their Own Genres

Some people don't just create new worlds and super-memorable characters — they give life to their own genres. There are some creators of fantastical stories whose work is so distinctive, you have a pretty good sense what's going to happen when you pick up their work — and you're excited, because it's going to be a… » 4/18/12 9:00am 4/18/12 9:00am

What if The Thing starred the beloved claymation penguin Pingu?

Watch Lee Hardcastle's beautiful hybrid of the 1980s stop-motion TV show Pingu crossed with John Carpenter's alien horror movie The Thing! We've never seen so much clay penguin blood! Hat tip to syafiqjabar of Mars. » 1/04/12 7:20am 1/04/12 7:20am

John Carpenter's music video for the Big Trouble in Little China theme…

We all know that Big Trouble in Little China is the best movie ever made (in which Kurt Russell is extremely confused). But did you know that director John Carpenter and his band the Coup DeVilles starred in a magnificent music video to accompany the flick? It's true! I owe Jalopnik bon vivant Ray Wert for this… » 12/07/11 7:25am 12/07/11 7:25am

The best They Live costumes we've seen (that don't involve sunglasses…

Rowdy Roddy Piper from They Live is one of the great last-minute Halloween costumes, but what if you wanted to be the cheese-dip faces? Kiersten Essenpreis built these fantastic They Live alien faces using basic craft store masks. I would buy one of these bad boys in a heartbeat (but for my morning commute, not… » 10/30/11 3:40pm 10/30/11 3:40pm

Every single time Kurt Russell acted confused in Big Trouble In Little…

Two weeks ago, I was watching Big Trouble In Little China with my brother, who hadn't seen the movie in years. "Man," he noted. "Kurt Russell really loves shouting nonsense at no one in particular." » 10/29/11 7:15am 10/29/11 7:15am