John Carpenter

John Carpenter

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By (author) Colin Odell, By (author) Michelle LeBlanc


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  • Publisher: Kamera Books
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 192mm x 18mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 21 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Harpenden
  • ISBN 10: 1842433385
  • ISBN 13: 9781842433386
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 545,102

Product description

From his hands-on filmmaking style to his writing and his composing--an indispensable guide to the ultimate cult auteur One of the most iconic directors of American cinema, John Carpenter has astonished audiences the world over with his tightly crafted horror, thriller, and science-fiction films. Not just a director, Carpenter's talents also extend to writing the screenplays and soundtracks to many of his films, and this guide covers his work as a director, composer, writer, and producer. It examines Carpenter's influences and style and the films that have, in turn, been influenced by him. From the existential comedy classic "Dark Star" through to the terrifying smash hit "Halloween," the taut siege of "Assault on Precinct 13" to the visceral "Vampires "there's action and tension all around. But it's not all ghosts from "The Fog" or horrific mutations in "The Thing," there's time for romance in the science-fiction road movie "Starman "and even for the King himself in the superior bio-pic "Elvis: The Mov"ie. John Carpenter's films are always memorable, distinctive, and unashamed of their genre roots.

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Author information

Colin Odell and Michelle Le Blanc are freelance authors and film critics. They have co-authored books about John Carpenter, Tim Burton, Horror Films, Jackie Chan and Vampire Films and contributed to Wallflower Press's Alter Image and The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. They are regular writers for and Vector.

Review quote

"Odell and Le Blanc capture Miyazaki’s phenomenal career . . . and provide an excellent overview."  —Library Journal on Studio Ghibli