Meine zehn liebsten Filme von John Carpenter

3. November 2015 at 13:45

 

 

 

„Movies are pieces of film stuck together in a certain rhythm, an absolute beat, like a musical composition. The rhythm you create affects the audience.”

 

 

 

Irgendwie noch beeinflusst durch die letzte Liste meiner zehn liebsten Horrorfilme gibt es heute meine zehn liebsten Filme von John Carpenter, einem der ganz großen, vielleicht sogar der größte und rückblickend auch einflussreichste  Regisseur dieses Genre. Dabei hat Carpenter keineswegs nur Horrorfilme gedreht, auch Science Fiction, Actionfilme, zum Teil auch mit Science Fiction-Anstrich, und abgedrehte Fantasy-Spektakel finden sich vereinzelt in seinem Schaffen, aber eines seiner wichtigsten Alleinstellungsmerkmale ist wohl, dass er immer und jederzeit dazu in der Lage ist, aus sehr wenigen Mitteln das Maximum herauszuholen. Seine Filme, vor allem die frühen, sind oft auf das absolut nötigste begrenzt und erzeugen dennoch enorm viel Spannung. Als bestes Beispiel dient hier wohl Assault on Precinct 13 von 1976, sein dritter Spielfilm und gleichzeitig der große Durchbruch, ist der Film doch enorm karg ausgestattet und trotzdem wahnsinnig spannend, gerade auch weil sein Setting so begrenzt ist. Isolation ist häufig ein dominierendes Thema in seinen Filmen. Gerne vermischt Carpenter auch Genres, die man so nicht unbedingt erwarten würde, wie bei dem 1998 erschienenen Vampires, eine krude Mischung aus Roadmovie, Western und Vampirfilm, die vielleicht etwas merkwürdig klingt, aber letztlich hervorragend funktioniert. Dem einen oder anderen Film aus der nun folgenden Liste werde ich auch noch in absehbarer Zeit mit einer eigenen Rezension bedenken, um das Werk dieses großen, wichtigen und stilbildenden Regisseurs ein wenig mehr zu würdigen. In diesem Sinne: viel Spaß mit meiner Liste….

 

 

 

10.

Prince of Darkness (1987)
Prince of Darkness poster Rating: 6.7/10 (23,165 votes)
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: John Carpenter
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong, Lisa Blount
Runtime: 102 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror
Released: 23 Oct 1987
Plot: A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.

 

 

 

9.

The Fog (1980)
The Fog poster Rating: 6.8/10 (42,697 votes)
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman
Runtime: 89 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror
Released: 08 Feb 1980
Plot: Legend says that Antonio Bay was built in 1880 with blood money obtained from shipwrecked lepers but no one believes it. On the eve of the town's centennial many plan to attend the celebrations, including the murdered lepers.

 

 

 

8.

They Live (1988)
They Live poster Rating: 7.3/10 (65,684 votes)
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: Ray Nelson (short story "Eight O'Clock in the Morning"), John Carpenter (screenplay)
Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George 'Buck' Flower
Runtime: 93 min
Rated: R
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Released: 04 Nov 1988
Plot: A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

 

 

 

7.

Vampires (1998)
Vampires poster Rating: 6.1/10 (40,443 votes)
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: John Steakley (novel), Don Jakoby (screenplay)
Stars: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith
Runtime: 108 min
Rated: R
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Released: 30 Oct 1998
Plot: A vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to endure sunlight.

 

 

 

6.

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
Assault on Precinct 13 poster Rating: 7.4/10 (29,381 votes)
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: John Carpenter
Stars: Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, Martin West
Runtime: 91 min
Rated: X
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Released: 05 Nov 1976
Plot: The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang.

 

 

 

5.

Halloween (1978)
Halloween poster Rating: 7.9/10 (145,255 votes)
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: John Carpenter (screenplay), Debra Hill (screenplay)
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles
Runtime: 91 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Released: 25 Oct 1978
Plot: On Halloween night of 1963, 6-year old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill.

 

 

 

4.

Escape from New York (1981)
Escape from New York poster Rating: 7.2/10 (83,155 votes)
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: John Carpenter, Nick Castle
Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence
Runtime: 99 min
Rated: R
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Released: 10 Jul 1981
Plot: In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue.

 

 

 

3.

In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
In the Mouth of Madness poster Rating: 7.2/10 (40,263 votes)
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: Michael De Luca
Stars: Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jürgen Prochnow, David Warner
Runtime: 95 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror
Released: 03 Feb 1995
Plot: An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.

 

 

 

2.

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Big Trouble in Little China poster Rating: 7.3/10 (84,742 votes)
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: Gary Goldman, David Z. Weinstein, W.D. Richter (adaptation)
Stars: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong
Runtime: 99 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Released: 02 Jul 1986
Plot: An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.

 

 

 

1.

The Thing (1982)
The Thing poster Rating: 8.2/10 (215,812 votes)
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: Bill Lancaster (screenplay), John W. Campbell Jr. (story)
Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon
Runtime: 109 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Released: 1982-06-25
Plot: Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.

 

 

 

Zitat des Tages

2. November 2015 at 10:26

 

 

 

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