John Carpenter Retro: Ep 19 – Of James Woods and VAMPIRES

So you say that the entire later half of John Carpenter’s career is a wash… You didn’t like Escape from L.A. no matter how fun it was and no matter how seriously you weren’t supposed to take it. You like to sight Memoirs of the Invisible Man and Village of the Damned and Body Bags as your ammunition for playing the hater when it comes to the later day works of the great JC… If you’re that guy, the hater, and you’re going to honestly tell me that John Carpenter’s Vampires didn’t spark a fever pitch neo-gothic western boner in your pants I’m afraid you may be a cinema eunuch. Today the Dead Air crew in the continuing John Carpenter Retrospective series are talking about James Woods going bat shit crazy with a motley crew of weapon wielding vamp hunters sent by the Vatican and low and behold, there’s a big ol’ double cross and the big bad bat emerges.  This is an episode to listen to and enjoy and truly understand that A. JC ain’t done yet. B. Vampires movies don’t have to have sparkly critters without shirts on to be entertaining.

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About Jimmy Terror

Dr. Jimmy Terror, more commonly known as James P. Harris, has been “writing your eyes” shut since 2010 with his horror themed blog, Dr. Terror’s Blog of Horrors (whose name is a play on words derived from the Amicus film, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors). In the early 2000’s he fronted the band The Vaudeville Vampires, a short-lived "Horrorabilly" band which saw the creation of a catalog of horror related songs before disbanding (with only one, six song demo ever being produced and distributed). He has had only one on screen appearance to date in the horror short, Ocean Parkway, as maniacal, gloved killer with a hair fetish. Having done some un-credited, behind the scenes work in some low budget genre pictures, he is currently working on his first foray into screenwriting with a demonic, retro gore entry that pays homage to Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento as well as other Italian masters of the genre.
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