Shawn Savage and Jeff Konopka have watched fourteen features films from John Carpenter starting at the beginning of his career and working their way up to this moment. While I have heard them review some of Carpenter’s earlier work with a modest amount of criticism I can assure you that no other review thus far has laid into a film quite like this one (and I still think they were being gentle). Let’s not forget that this is not the best of the best in terms of pure Carpenter filmmaking. It’s obvious that he had big brother or rather big Hollywood staring directly over his should the entire time. Hell, he’s not even the presenter on the movie. No John Carpenter’s… Nada. Why would you want to attach yourself to a film that doesn’t scare or emotionally impact the viewer?
I guess it all comes down to expectation. Did you really think that a collaborative effort between the great J.C. and Chevy Chase was going to work out? National Lampoon’s Vacation on Halloween in the Fog with Sunglasses On? No, it doesn’t work, the effects while innovative fall apart at critical moments and the damn thing didn’t make its money back. I’d say this is probably a great place to start when looking at just why Mr. Carpenter became jaded about working in Hollywood.
Even worse, the movie is out of print which makes it hard to come by even for our most dedicated of fans. Copies can go for up to fifty dollars. Please do not pay that much to see this movie. Try good ol’ Netflix or other rental facility (if you can find one). Coming up next week will be John Carpenter’s Bag of Bones which is also out of print and hard to come by. Do not pay fifty dollars for that either just wait it out and hopefully they’ll release this puppy someday so you can see what the guy are talking about.
There are plenty of very good Carpenter flicks out there coming up in future episodes. Make sure to listen every other week or so to get the latest one. Note: this one really doesn’t need a spoiler warning. It spoils itself.
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