Imagination Connoisseur, Stephen Goggin, is a big fan of the “2001 Quartet” by Arthur C Clarke – but reading has always been a challenge. He shares his interesting journey with the Post-Geek Singularity.
You talking about Kubrick being your favorite director made me think about who my own favorite director was, as it’s not something I’ve thought much about. Off the top of my mind, I would say Spielberg, but that almost seems to be cheating. A very token answer. So I wanted to think outside the box a bit and it hit me like a freight train: John Carpenter.
I’ve always felt he was the Spielberg of genre film, as his filmography is similarly eclectic, and I can say with a lot of confidence that in the late 70’s and 80’s he had one of the greatest, most prolific decades that I would put up against anyone else. From ’78 to ’88, he directed two of the great masterpieces of the horror genre, HALLOWEEN and THE THING. Those two movies alone would be career defining for anyone.
But wait! There’s more:
THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, CHRISTINE, STARMAN, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, THEY LIVE, and his most underrated, PRINCE OF DARKNESS.
Sure, his output post 1990 wasn’t the greatest, save for IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS. But I’ll forgive him.
And lest we forget that he composed the scores and soundtracks to these movies. Carpenter scores are almost their own genre of music.
I guess the point of my letter, other than to praise John Carpenter, is to get your opinion on his filmography.
– Stephen G.
Editor’s Note: We did a quick search and found this ranking video of Carpenter’s films (from worst to best). It’s an entertaining 14 minutes. Enjoy!