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John Carpenter Sentences Danielle Panabaker To THE WARD!

Beaks here...

No disrespect to the lovely Danielle Panabaker (pictured above), but the real story here is that John Carpenter is a month away from shooting his first theatrical feature in eight years. And while I dug his MASTERS OF HORROR episodes (written by the dynamic writing duo of Drew McWeeny and Scott Swan), I cannot wait to see the man composing in widescreen again. In any event, Ms. Panabaker (last seen in the FRIDAY THE 13TH remake) will be joining Amber Heard in Carpenter's THE WARD, which is about a girl who encounters some spooky goings-on in a psychiatric ward. According to The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit, Panabaker has been cast as a "flirtatious" lass who incurs repeat bouts of electroshock therapy. Heard will play the lead. Mamie Gummer (aka Meryl Streep's daughter) has also come on board the film. The screenplay for THE WARD was originally written by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen, but has since been revised by Jim Agnew and Sean Keller (who also wrote GIALLO for Dario Argento as well as L.A. GOTHIC, which Carpenter was slated to direct a year ago). This is an independent production for Echo Lake Entertainment and A Bigger Boat. Here's hoping the sixty-one-year-old Carpenter comes roaring back to form with this one. It's worth noting that one of Carpenter's heroes, Howard Hawks, was sixty-two when he directed RIO BRAVO.

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  • June 18, 2009, 3:13 a.m. CST

    I hope it's a return to form...

    by Marxeffect

    Us horror fans already have Raimi back, all we need now is for Wes Craven to make something decent again and it's happy days!!

  • June 18, 2009, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Likewise...missed JC, hope he get's it together

    by KillaKane

    Sounds promising.

  • June 18, 2009, 3:28 a.m. CST

    We'll see...

    by SunTzu77

    I remember watching the MOH series.. was kinda, meh. I hope Carpenter comes back.

  • June 18, 2009, 3:29 a.m. CST

    From the writers of Giallo...?

    by Charlie & Tex

    Oh dear, never mind. Sadly, Carpenter is one of those directors (along with Dario Argento & George Romero) who was seriously hot shit during the early part of their career, but petered out in the early 90s and have only showed the odd glimmer of their old form since. We honestly hope that the chain-smoking moustachioed-one can come up with something good this time, but the odds are against it.

  • June 18, 2009, 3:33 a.m. CST

    John Carpenter hasn't made shit worth watching

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    since 1988!

  • June 18, 2009, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Panabaker and Righetti

    by srh1son

    Anybody else agree that the two females in Friday the 13th not only looked very similar, but but seemed like Amber Tamblyn-wannabees?

  • June 18, 2009, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Fingers crossed..

    by cosmic23

    The Thing and Rio Bravo are two of my favourite films ever.. fingers crossed John Carpenter can knock this one out of the park... Did I say I love The Thing?? please don't do an Indy 4 on the supposed prequel.. the original is perfect.

  • June 18, 2009, 3:38 a.m. CST


    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Everybody talks about how Lucas screwed up they're childhood memories. Well this sack of shit of a flick exploded all over mine.

  • June 18, 2009, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Panabacker was in one of my most-watched movies ever!

    by DerLanghaarige

    Sky High! Love that movie. And yeah, I hope for Carpenter to kick ass on screen again!

  • June 18, 2009, 3:49 a.m. CST

    John Carpenter better get the finger out

    by zapano

    In his time he's made 4 or 5 classics that would rival any of the cinematic giants. It would be nice if he made another great film

  • June 18, 2009, 3:52 a.m. CST

    He's long overdue a return to form. Fingers crossed.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • June 18, 2009, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Come'on John

    by DC Films

    Give us something special.<P>I love movie because of John Carpenter. Whatever he does i'll pay to see it...

  • June 18, 2009, 4:12 a.m. CST

    A lot of movies in develpoment....

    by DC Films

    LA GOTHIC - what happenned to that?<P>RIOT - which i'd rather see get made.<P>THE PRINCE - what is this?<P>ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK - please no, unless they find the director, not Ratner or Wiseman!<P>THEY LIVE - I'd like to see Carpenter re-do this with a descent budget this time. The original is one of my favorite movies, but we all know the last act is under realized and abrupt cos of the budget. Maybe Carpenter could direct a series of 24, in which jack finds a pair of sunglasses and.... See where i'm going ;)))<P>Most of all i'd like to see ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH... He can make up for the mediocre ESCAPE FROM LA - that's a movie with lots of good stuff in it, but it's too tongue in cheek nodding to the original to be taken seriously. It has a great negative ending though!

  • June 18, 2009, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Give me a new Carpenter flick

    by kwisatzhaderach

    over all this Hack Pack shit any day of the week. His last really cool film was In The Mouth of Madness but Village of the Damned was cool in a fucked-up B-movie kind of way. And any film that has both Superman and Luke Skywalker in it can't be all bad. Let's hope he hasn't lost his widescreen sensibilities. Get Cundey to shoot it John!!!

  • June 18, 2009, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Carpenter and Dante are back!

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Happy days. Got a ticket to see Joe Dante at the Edinburgh Film Festival next week. Can't wait.

  • June 18, 2009, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Dammit - lucky man

    by palimpsest

    Dante's awesome.

  • June 18, 2009, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Beaver's Dad is back from the dead?

    by tonagan


  • June 18, 2009, 4:50 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Yeah, I was surprised to see him included in the programme. Will report back on any info about his new film. Going to see Roger Corman too, should be fun.

  • June 18, 2009, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Please don't SUCK!!!!

    by sonnyfern

    I miss Carpenter....Prince of Darkness...They Live...The I can watch those movies over and over...

  • June 18, 2009, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Danielle Panabaker - my favorite fivehead

    by MrBabyMan

  • June 18, 2009, 5:33 a.m. CST

    GI Joe vs Transformers summer 2011

    by Snikkar124

    The reason behind the exelerator suits!! Belive it people!!

  • June 18, 2009, 5:43 a.m. CST

    My favorite quote about John Carpenter

    by EriamJH

    "He does B-Movies but somehow gets financial approval for an A-Movie Budget, but still looks like a B-Movie." (was that by Ebert?) Anyhooz, this pic is a hottie girl.

  • June 18, 2009, 5:57 a.m. CST

    He gave us the Thing...

    by quantize

    seriously, that film is SO fucking good...sure, i would love something as great...but i wont hate him if he aint got it in 'im

  • June 18, 2009, 6:04 a.m. CST


    by The InSneider

    When the heck does that come out anyways? And SPLICE, for that matter.

  • June 18, 2009, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Wow. Mamie Gummer

    by judderman

    is the spitting image of her mother.

  • June 18, 2009, 6:16 a.m. CST


    by photoboy

    Yeah, I thought Sky High was good fun too. The inclusion of Kurt Russell in your movie is always a good move.

  • June 18, 2009, 6:20 a.m. CST

    John. JOHN!! Back away from the bong.

    by Stuntcock Mike


  • June 18, 2009, 6:39 a.m. CST

    INDY 5 IS A GO...

    by Crawing

  • June 18, 2009, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Finally! Can't wait for some new JC goodness!!!

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 18, 2009, 6:44 a.m. CST

    I hope Carpenter dusts off his keyboard & scores this.

    by OgreYouAsshole

    Anything to make it feel like authentic Carpenter. Maybe Keith David as head of the ward?!?

  • June 18, 2009, 6:59 a.m. CST


    by Wungolioth

    ...also did an amazing job as the daughter in Mr. Brooks, knowing she was in the Friday the 13th remake makes me think about watching it, for about 3 seconds and then I come back to my senses. I'll also be looking forward to the return of John Carpenter.

  • June 18, 2009, 7 a.m. CST

    What happened to the Nicholas Cage movie?

    by HarryBlackPotter

    It was supposed to be a prison movie called Scared Stiff I think? Anyway, be nice to see a John Carpenter movie on the big screen again.

  • June 18, 2009, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Panabaker, GOOD...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I Fell in love with that girl in Sky High, and also really enjoyed her in Mr. Brooks (which I still think is criminally underrated). I haven't seen the F13 remake yet, but am hoping she was respectable in that too. <p> She's on my list of rising young actresses, provided she doesn't get pigeonholed into horror movies, or becomes just another "hot thang" in a mediocre summer blockbuster.

  • June 18, 2009, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Carpenter shouldn't do movies anymore.

    by fireclown

    His masters of horror stuff was great. His last couple of movies have been crap. It looks like the trick for Carpenter is give him a tiny amount of money and a ridiculously short deadline. Give the guy a hollywood budget and time and you get Ghosts Of Mars.

  • June 18, 2009, 7:23 a.m. CST

    An absolute legend in my book for The Thing'

    by bongo123

    Escape from Newyork, Halloween & The Fog, the rest of his movies go from not to bad to downright shoite, but The Thing along with Alien is just pure horror preferection in my book that have never been bettered. I'd love to see him knock another one out of the park

  • June 18, 2009, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Ghosts of Mars

    by 300Zartans

    Sucked hard

  • June 18, 2009, 7:29 a.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by wampa 1

    ...but it sure smells good!

  • June 18, 2009, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Raimi's back?


    Since when? Anyway, The Thing and Halloween are two of my favorite horror films of all time. Really hope this one is great as well.

  • June 18, 2009, 8 a.m. CST

    Still have a bad taste in my mouth

    by Autodidact

    From when I bought a ticket to Ghosts of Mars. God DAMN that was a stupid movie!

  • June 18, 2009, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Has the remake of this gone into prodution yet

    by Samuel Fulmer

    And if so, will it be the first remake released before the film it is remaking?

  • June 18, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST

    No more made for tv schlock

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Let's hope so. The same goes for Joe Dante.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:11 a.m. CST

    As long as it's rated R

    by Logan_1973

    It'll be fine. <p> And make sure Danielle gets naked.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Bella Swan

    by doppelgangwillow

    Panabaker should have been Bella Swan...not near as tragic as KStew.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Any news about Carpenter directing again...

    by Sailor Rip good news. Hell, I even liked Ghosts of Mars.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    ghost of mars is alright

    by TheExterminator

    i've watched it more than once

  • June 18, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    ...The fist scene in Vampires, where they break into the house and exterminate the nest, was awesome. The music, the directing, the James Woods. Too bad it all went down hill after that.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Ghosts of Mars is B-Movie Gold

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Nothing more. Watch it with that frame of mind and it works. Try to hold it up to Carpenter's old movies (that were B movies elevated to A status by the other talent behind it like Dean Cundy), and yeah it's not as good.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    What, no love for Big Trouble in Little China?

    by growltiger

    That was a bizarre film. I dismissed it when I first saw it, but it has become a guilty, guilty pleasure to watch again over time.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Ghosts of Mars felt like a TV movie...

    by NeilF

    We have to accept JC hasn't made a particularly good film for 15-20yrs... Why would that change now?

  • June 18, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Does anyone know what the budget is?

    by JohnNadaUK

    I just wish he could get Dean Cundey back to DP as his films started to look cheap the second they parted and he started to work with Gary B Kibbe. The same goes for when he started working with Edward A Warschilka as his editor, the guy likes to put these trampy cross fades in the middle of action sequences which pull you right out of it, and adds fade to blacks in the middle of a dramatic scene which is so TV show/movie-ish. If he gets his old school crew in I'd be so excited. In fact fuck, I'm so excited anyway, can't wait for this shit! Bad Carpenter is better than no Carpenter at all. :)

  • June 18, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Hope for good things, but not expecting much

    by UCB Agent1

    I think Carpenter's best days are far, far behind him. I thought that the "Cigarette Burns" Masters of Horror was good, but "Pro-Life" was just awful. Not the writing, the directing. The story was clever, but Carpenter couldn't even get a good performance from Ron Pearlman. That was rough. I hope he does well here, but I'm not expecting anything.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:45 a.m. CST

    I always think of Carpenter as the Coppola

    by Samuel Fulmer

    of horror. Both had amazing early runs, but haven't even come close to the brilliance of their early works. Still, any time I hear of a new project from either one them, I want to see it.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:47 a.m. CST

    In the mouth of Madness

    by kolchak

    Insanely underrated.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST

    In the Mouth of Madness-I think most like it

    by Samuel Fulmer

    It just gets kind of forgotten. But it is the one movie that I see from Carpenters 90's period that gets any sort of love. I don't think I've ever seen anyone defend the Village of the Damned remake or Memoirs of an Invisible Man.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:51 a.m. CST

    I wish I could get excited about this

    by Movietool

    But I think Carpenter gave us all the great stuff he had in him already. I'll be delighted to be proven wrong, of course.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    I thought he sold out

    by kolchak

    when he gave his blessing to the Fog remake. And then his endorsement of Rob Zombie, or at least his non hostility, seemed to seal that deal. But I liked the MOH stuff. I hope this kicks ass.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Fingers Crossed

    by Fresno Rob

    Here's hoping Johnny Carpenter can pull this one off. So much time has passed that this will be a very interesting looking movie, anyone know who is the DOP?

  • June 18, 2009, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Fingers Crossed...

    by OldManPreviews

    I await this new Carpenter film with no expectations, but hope it is decent. Still, I agree with many TalkBackers before who stated that the Carp's greatest films may be far behind him. Still, one can hope... think I'll watch The Thing again tonight.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Panabacker in Mr Brooks

    by johnnyangelheart

    I'd like to see a sequel of that with her getting into various madcap scrapes with the impulsive killings and the old man trying to straighten her out. One of Kevin Costner's best roles.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Samuel Fulmer

    by Sailor Rip

    I'll defend Memoirs of an Invisible Man. It's a fun little flick. <p> And to the guy who said Big Trouble in Little China was a guilty pleasure, don't feel guilty, it's a bonafied classic.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Ghosts of Mars was a fun movie!

    by johnnyangelheart

    OK it wasn't classic but I enjoyed it quite a bit. Nothing wrong with a good fun movie.

  • June 18, 2009, 9:03 a.m. CST

    RE: In The Mouth of Madness

    by OldManPreviews

    It's a decent movie, but when you're presented with the prospect of seeing the lurking Eldritch horrors, we get only a fleeting, quick-cut glimpse... same goes for the titular Prince of Darkness... all tease, no payoff. And yeah, I know, the "less is more" rule could be applied in both cases, but that wasn't the case with The Thing, which presented us with glorious, full-frontal monster FX. If you set up the monster, show me the goddamned monster, budget and art be damned!

  • June 18, 2009, 9:04 a.m. CST

    I think that had more to do with budget

    by Samuel Fulmer

    As to why there were a lack of monster money shots in Prince of Darkness and In the Mouth.

  • June 18, 2009, 9:09 a.m. CST

    John Carpenter gets a lifetime pass

    by Darkartist

    Modern day filmmakers wish they had a resume as impressive as John. In The Mouth Of Madness was his last fun movie but he was King of the 80s and was putting out classics at an alarming rate. I even loved Prince Of Darkness and it was pretty exposition heavy for a horror movie. Big Trouble In Little China rocks every bit as much now as it did when I first saw it. He could pump out garbage from here to Eternity and I'll still adore that man. I always hold out hope that he'll give us one more classic before he retires.

  • June 18, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST

    I liked Prince of Darkness

    by johnnyangelheart

    the lack of the "money shot" just sent my imagination spinning into overtime. I was far more creeped out by my subconscious fears that were excited than by any man in a rubber suit could have done.

  • June 18, 2009, 9:15 a.m. CST

    OldManPreviews you're obviously 13 years old...

    by JohnNadaUK

    Prince of Darkness gave me nightmares when I was a kid just through seeing that shape in the doorway alone. Plus you see the girl decompose who's carrying the anti-christ, that's some fucked up shit! You can't say it's not a make-up effects heavy movie. I guess you should go back and tell Polanski to show little baby Satan at the end of Rosemary's Baby as well. If you want to check out the beast in all its glory go and check out Bay's Transformers 2, I'm sure you'll get your fix there. As for In The Mouth of Madness I believe the lack of monsters was a budgetary problem.

  • June 18, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    these old fucks needs to retire with some dignity

    by animas

    its not like they dont have enough money , they want to ruin their reputation... why?

  • June 18, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    RE: Monsters in Mouth Of Madness

    by DerLanghaarige

    I think it wasn't because of the budget, but more because the movie was about a writer and his books. And I think it was a "hommage" to the pictures we make up when we read a book, which is maybe also why we hear the narrating voice explaining what Sam Neill sees, instead of showing it to us.

  • June 18, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    gee...I don't know animas...because they love making movies?

    by JohnNadaUK

    Because they're...errr...filmmakers? You fucking dick shit.

  • June 18, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST

    JohnNadaUK is absolutely correct

    by Darkartist

    Prince of Darkness scared the shit outta me as a child. It left plenty of room for my imagination to fill in the blanks and I was satisfied with the finale, despite not seeing Satan full-on. That is no small feat and John Carpenter should be commended for it.

  • June 18, 2009, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Prince of Darkness(spoiler)...

    by Wungolioth

    Fun, cheaply made little horror film that really hits you in the gut in the end when the girl set up as the romantic lead suddenly gets stuck in Hell. The quick shot of her reaching out as the gateway closes is one of the most effective shots in horror films. JC needs to find the guy that directed films like that again.

  • June 18, 2009, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Mouth of Madness was a tribute to HP Lovecraft

    by Darkartist

    And much of the horror in HP Lovecraft's stories centered around the psychological effects the supernatural had on sane people. His characters would be driven to madness by coming into contact with artifacts and shadows of the Old Ones, instead of the cosmic monsters showing up in the flesh. In that regard, ITMOM was brilliant. The apocalypse depicted at the end, where Sam Neill is the only man shown and you hear everyone else in the world screeching like maniacs was terrifying. It suggested something far more dreadful then any special effect could possibly depict.

  • June 18, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Damn! You guys are making me want

    by johnnyangelheart

    to see Prince of Darkness again! It's been a while. Hollywood Video, here I come.

  • June 18, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Still doesn't make up for the gay pics in the Red Dawn TB

    by chrth

  • June 18, 2009, 9:49 a.m. CST

    JC, sorry, I grew up with your films but...

    by Kenshiro_187

    I think I'll download this movie.

  • June 18, 2009, 9:54 a.m. CST

    I want to be positive about this...

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ...but even the most hardcore Carpenter fan has to be realistic. It's going to suck. The guy was a genius. WAS. Nothing he's done since They Live has had the magic of his movies up to then, in fact they've been downright awful. Wish it was different but it aint, and this isn't going to be any better. For those of you saying or hoping it will be a return to form, don't come crying to me when you've seen it, because ol' Smeg isn't having it. You hear?

  • June 18, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    That Danielle is sure purty.

    by ClarenceBeaks

  • June 18, 2009, 10 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    I second the Sky High love. That movie turned out to be SO much better than it had any right to be.

  • June 18, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    In the mouth of Madness

    by gotilk

    Had one of the creepiest, best opening scenes.

  • June 18, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    I do believe Big Trouble is coming out in BluRay

    by skimn

    in August, a film that begs to be seen in high definition. And as kwis stated above, Joe Dante, who has just about as many genre classics under his belt as Carpenter, has been working on, or may be finished, his new project. Why has AICN been so silent about that?

  • June 18, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Amber Heard

    by Series7

    The Twilight girl?

  • June 18, 2009, 10:16 a.m. CST

    My bad...

    by gotilk

    the opening is great, but it's this scene I was talking about..<br>

  • June 18, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Sky High - besides Kurt

    by skimn

    you get Bruce Campbell, and the guys from Kids In The Hall. Fun cast.

  • June 18, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Now this is some fucking cool news!

    by a goonie

    I love Carpenter in a way that I love few other filmmakers. The man is a fucking master of horror entertainment and he has an amazingly sharp sense of pacing that keeps his movies crackling. I can't wait to see what he does with this.

  • June 18, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST

    God Yes!

    by newkie brown

    I was worried that Carpenter had retired forever.

  • June 18, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Masters of Horror stinks to high heaven

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Make more features John. Enough of the tv shit.

  • June 18, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by skimn

    Yea, I don't get the love for Cigarette Burns...I thought it was average at best.

  • June 18, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST

    she's smart...

    by andyny29

    graduated from ucla at 19. a refreshing change from britney,paris, lindsay ad nauseum.

  • June 18, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST

    John Carpenter is always cool, but DRAG ME TO HELL is still in t

    by NoDiggity

    Why are you wasting time with these bad movies when Sam Raimi's fantastic "Drag Me to Hell" is still in theaters? Join the "Drag Me To Hell" talkback! <br><br> <br><br>

  • June 18, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Carpenter doesn't care anymore

    by AlibyebyeEssmob

    I'd love to be wrong about that, but he's cared less and less about each subsequent production post-Mouth of Madness, which is where the cracks were starting to show. Please, Carpenter, prove me wrong and bring me another cinematic classic.

  • June 18, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Carpenter's made far more good than bad

    by Dark Knight Lite

    Assault, Halloween, The Fog, Escape from NY, The Thing, Big Trouble, They Live, Prince of Darkness, In the Mouth of Madness, and even though some hate it, Vampires. I think his only truly bad movie is Ghosts of Mars, while the rest are mediocre. Even Village of the Damned and Escape from LA are watchable. Count me in on any new Carpenter. Dark Knight out.

  • June 18, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST

    As for Masters of Horror

    by Dark Knight Lite

    Cigarette Burns, Jenifer, Dreams in the Witch House, Deer Woman, Incident On and Off a Mountain Road, and Haekel's Tale were the only ones worth a damn.

  • June 18, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Carpenter better get started on this before

    by skimn

    God Of War 3 comes out for the PS3. And yes, John, put down the bong.

  • June 18, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Color me "Cautiously Optimistic", because...

    by captaincosmos

    ...I loves me some JC (the Carpenter/Russell trifecta of Escape from New York, The Thing and Big Trouble alone is enough to put him in the Pantheon), but come on, guys, "Cigarette Burns" was shite. If I hadn't seen Carpenter's name on the credits, I never in a million years would have guessed he had a single thing to do with that lackluster, made-for-TV snooze-fest, that was completely lacking in anything even remotely approaching the tone and atmosphere we've come to expect from a John Carpenter production. Incredibly disappointing. Anyone who's concerned has every right to be -- he needs to seriously step up his game and make a return to form. Here's hoping!!

  • June 18, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by uberman

  • June 18, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    Great Scott those were some terrible awful bad shows. If those were the Masters of Horror, I'd hate to see the amatures. AS for Carpenter, I will never see another film of his after the abomination that was GHOSTS OF MARS. Sorry, but I'm done. Its like a battered wife who keeps going back and hoping it will be 'like old time' only to get her nose broken again. And as for the premise-man, havent we seen this done poorly about 1000x already. That he chose THIS PREMISE for his next film should tell you everything you already know. Just say No Thanks and move on.

  • June 18, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Carpenter in the 90s was hit and miss

    by redfist

    A LOT OF MISSES! <p> the only good one was In the Mouth of Madness. I hope the old fucker gets to together and goes big. Plus I wanna see this chicks tits flopping around.

  • June 18, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Shouldn't the headline read:

    by skimn

    Danielle Panabaker gets sentenced to John Carpenter's The Ward...?

  • June 18, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST

    I love Norman Reedus and Carpenter...

    by Swoomustdie

    But Cigarette Burns was such a blatantly ripped off episode that it basically ended my involvement with that show. Such a shame too, when I first heard about it I was geeked to no end.

  • June 18, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    I didn't know that - what's the source?

    by Dark Knight Lite

    Cigarette Burns was a blatant ripoff of what?

  • June 18, 2009, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Masters of Horror

    by kolchak

    was just a bunch of gratuitous violence and tits. Which has its place, but it wasn't scary. "Tales from the Dark side" still trumps any horror anthology show. God Bless Romero.

  • June 18, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Big Trouble is his BEST movie overall

    by Big Dumb Ape

    HALLOWEEN is obviously a classic, but sadly too few people these days have any real sense of movie history. They just lump everything together and forget who or what came first, which means people who actually originated certain things don't get proper credit for it. So, most kids watching it today wouldn't GET how original and fucking frightening it was for its time. Which means they also don't understand it's place in movie history relative to the slasher genre and all that it spawned.<p>Others like THE FOG and THE THING were solid. The Fog got a bit tarnished by a truly horrible remake that Carpenter himself signed off on (bad move there). THE THING still holds up, but it will be interesting to see what happens with the big budget Ron Moore prequel, which supposedly sets the stage for a THING remake, followed by a new movie which will finally carry the story forward after that.<p>All in all, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA is the best and most timeless of his movies. That thing is STILL fucking hilarious to this day. You Kurt Russell in his athletic prime, Kim Cattrell younger and sexier, it had a kick-ass script that went a mile a minute and actually made you laugh out loud, and thankfully Carpenter really brought his A-game to the director's chair on that one. I mean, come on, there's just NO WAY you can compare the energy and life and fun and showmanship that Carpenter had in BIG TROUBLE with such utterly hacked out crap like VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, ESCAPE FROM LA, GHOST OF MARS, or those truly suck ass Showtime MASTERS OF HORROR episodes. Sorry to Moriarity since he co-wrote them, but those were seriously baaaaaaad.<p>As for bringing up Howard Hawks, sure, he directed yet another classic when he was 61...the same age as Carpenter is now, giving some hope to the idea that maybe, just maybe, Carpenter of old will show up on the set...but, sorry, Hawks ALSO had a better and more consistent run than Carpenter ever had. Sorry, but that's just a fact.

  • June 18, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    As for that photo of Danielle Panabaker...

    by Big Dumb Ape

    I think she's got a good career ahead of her...well, least she's got a shot so long as she doesn't pick too many clunkers. She's actually become a good actress and best of all has become insanely hot. Let's face it, in that photo as she leans on the window frame, everyone's dreaming of tugging her jeans down and banging her hard from behind.<p>Oh, don't even TRY to deny it! YOU KNOW that's what you thought the moment you saw that photo!

  • June 18, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Another reason to love Big Trouble In Little China

    by Darkartist

    On top of being fucking hilarious, endlessly entertaining and breathlessly paced, it was a superhero movie where the badass champion played second fiddle to the sidekick. Jack Burton was the comic relief and while Dennis Dun was flying through the air and kicking every ass that crossed his path. The perfect example of that was the warehouse escape where Kurt Russell is trying to get his Uzi to fire while Dennis proceeded to destroy an entire security detail.

  • June 18, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    The Fog is very underrated

    by Lovecraftfan

    Its a wonderful exercise in mood and atmosphere. Very elegant. Also the figure in the doorway in Prince of Darkness is one of the creepiest things Carpenter has ever done.

  • June 18, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    Dark Knight Lite

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    what is this "Dark Knight Out" nonsense? Are you trying to get a fan base going? Do you really need a catchphrase in TBs? Listen Urkel Jr. no one cares about you or your pathetic attempt to become a TB "celebrity". Grow up. <p> Did I do thaaaaaaaat?

  • June 18, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST

    I want to see Escape From Atlantic City.

    by Yoda's Ball Sack

    Snake telling Donald Trump and Callaway they are fired.

  • June 18, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Big Dumb Ape

    by Toonol

    I pretty much agree. Maybe you can argue what 'best' means, but I know that I've watched BTILC more times than every other Carpenter film put together, and enjoyed it every time.

  • June 18, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Back to Carpenter...

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    I'd LOVE to see him get back to form and leave behind the dark days of Ghosts of Mars and Vampires (good openings don't equal good movies)and make something truly bad ass again. I'll keep my fingers crossed but I don't think Carpenter can make a film feel like he used to and it's not his fault. His early films were so quiet w/ minimal music and ambient sound, distant photography that lingers on long takes. I don't know how to explain it but look at They Live, The Thing, Halloween, ITMoM, Escape From NY... they all FEEL the same. He threw that signature look and feel away and no matter what the subject matter is, it wont be the same ever again. <P> BTW, even though I love his films, am I the only one that has a tendency to fall asleep when I rewatch old Carpenter films upon repeat viewings? They Live KO's me right after the underground siege, ITMoM kills me right when they check into the hotel...every...single...time. Maybe I just have a bad habit of watching them too late at night, haha.

  • June 18, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    what no love for Escape from NY

    by crazybubba

    and Snake Pliscan.

  • June 18, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST

    to clarify...

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    I meant to say its not his fault his films look/feel different. I blame new film stock, the "I NEED to be huge star NOW" mentality of newer actors and dumb as dirt execs/audiences who feel the need to check their watches unless the camera angle doesn't change every 2 seconds.

  • June 18, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Will she be nude

    by Professor_Monster

  • June 18, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Keeping it real

    by browncoat_skyfan

    One of the disappointments for me in Ghosts of Mars was the lack of respect for scientific reality. <p> <p> If you're making a "hard" SF movie, it should at least follow the known laws of physics, and if there is future science involved it should have some foundation. <p> <p> WHY can't these directors / producers / writers look up (and listen to) a decent science advisor? There are enough of them out there and by the looks of things they are very much in need of employment!

  • June 18, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Another moment of Big Trouble love

    by skimn

    Russell's acting the businessman schmo in the brothel is priceless. "Henry Swanson's my name, and excitement's my game."

  • June 18, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by Dark Knight Lite

    Sorry, mate, for some reason, we all do dumb things. I've been using that signoff on these talkbacks for 11 years off and on. Please accept my apology. Dark Knight out.

  • June 18, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST


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  • June 18, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    My Carpenter top 5

    by Dark Knight Lite

    1) The Thing 2) Prince of Darkness 3) The Fog 4) Escape from NY 5) Halloween - what's yours?

  • June 18, 2009, 3:15 p.m. CST

    My top 5

    by Darkartist


  • June 18, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    MY TOP 5

    by TITBAG


  • June 18, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by TITBAG


  • June 18, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    My Top 5:

    by TedKordLives

    1.Big Trouble in Little China 2.The Thing 3.They Live 4.Halloween 5. Escape From L.A. <P> Yeah, that's right. EFLA is EFNY, only better. I recorded the end of it onto my MP3 player and I listen to it all the time. "So what're you gonna do?" "Disappear." *CLICK*

  • June 18, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Any room for Russell?

    by Jedibobster

    Tis great that John Carpenter is back directing a feature, but we all know the best Carpenter features a mulleted Kurt Russell. One of the many reasons SKY HIGH worked. Which of course starred Danielle Panabaker also and was a bloody good family film, a darn-sight better than most family films that make over $100 million at the box office. A Sky High 2 won't happen, and that's a damn shame. A damn shame.

  • June 18, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST



    How come people always forget about Christine when it comes to Carpenter? Overlooked and Underrated!

  • June 18, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Damn, I'll join the club, in no particular order

    by skimn

    1) The Thing<p>2) Halloween<p>3) Assault on Precinct 13<p>4) Big Trouble In Little China<p>5) Escape From New York<p>And lets not forget Dark Star, only because Carpenter made a $1.95 budget look like $10.95.

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  • June 18, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    I saw Halloween with my girlfriend at the drive-in

    by skimn

    and actually watched the movie. Afterwards, she had to pee so bad, but in no way wanted to leave the car to walk to the concession stand. I had to drive like hell to the nearest gas station.

  • June 18, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    IS the Price Of Darkness...

  • June 18, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST



    Sue Me, Dickhead. Good one though.

  • June 18, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    My turn (and let us not forget Starman)...

    by growltiger

    These are my top 5: <p>1. Halloween (set the bar) <p>2. The Thing (one of the best film adaptations ever made, or is that re-made?) <p>3. The Fog (great atmosphere) <p>4. Big Trouble in Little China (thrills, spills, and laughs) <p>5. Starman (his sweetest and most accessible film) <p> And most honorable mention to Escape from New York, Darkstar, and In the Mouth of Madness. <p> I think my best Carpenter actor is Kurt Russell and best Carpenter actress is Jamie Lee Curtis. Jeff Bridges did get an Oscar nomination for Starman.

  • June 18, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Yellow light means...go faster.

    by TedKordLives

    Best line in the movie. <P> In other news, I'm sentencing Danielle Panabaker to my crotch.

  • June 18, 2009, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Assault on Precinct 13

    by TedKordLives

    Just re-watched it last week. Very solid urban remake of Rio Bravo. Viva la Napoleon!

  • June 18, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    I love list so my tope 5

    by Continentalop

    1) Halloween <p> 2) Escape from New York <p> 3) The Thing <p> 4) Assault on Precinct 13 <p> 5) Big Trouble in Little China <p> Honorable Mention: Christine (still one of the best adaptations of a Stephen King story even and one of the best films about a young man and his first evil car).

  • June 18, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST

    His in development, possible reasons for this and RIOT

    by JohnCarpenterLives

    L.A. Gothic- still in development, vengeful priest looking for daughter in LA, anthology horror film (like Creepshow) RIOT (formerly Scared Straight)- synopsis is widely available, still in development, rights sold to many countries The Prince- period gangster film, hit man/gangster retires, mob kidnaps his son, he goes to Las Vegas to get him back. Supposed to be very brutal and incredibly nihilistic. I want this movie. Psycopath- Retired detective, serial killer on loose, asked to come out of retirement to help find him. While on his trail he might slowly be going insane. There's also a couple other projects not yet announced, one from the dude who wrote 30Days of Night. The thing about The Ward, and Riot is that they don't seem terribly original. Riot is retread of Assault on Precint 13, the Escape films, and Ghosts of Mars. I could see him doing these films to get a little bit of street cred back so he get a budget to do the films he really wants. If he manages to knock out some serious home-runs maybe they'll scrap the shitty Escape from New York remake and let him do Escape from Planet Earth (action/Kurt Russell boner, Carp quoted as saying it would be THE greatest actin epic ever made), maybe they'll scrap the shitty Thing prequel and let him do HIS The Thing sequel (quoted as saying the movie he'd most like to make), or scrap the shitty They Live remake and let him do his They Live sequel. A man can dream, can't he?

  • June 18, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Christine is a "could have been" for me

    by Dark Knight Lite

    Because of the similar device in American Werewolf, Carpenter had the appearance of past Christine victims as passengers in the car removed from the script. That would have rocked.

  • June 18, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Hope the film is dated in the 70's

    by ThePilgrim

    Cause they don't do electroshock therapy anymore. I feel this will be the biggest problem with the film. The concept is only credible if takes place in the past. John is gone. I hate to say it. It's a money thing now. Wish he would write again, kick the smokes and direct something fresh and new. Quint better hurry up with the Home flick- else we will have a Armagedon/Deep Impact Vocano/Dante Peak... Right. Well wait a minute this film sound just like that one Haley Berry made a few years back. Wish you were here John. I get it. The system fucked you too many times, so why even try anymore right, I mean your 61 it's my little pony time for as Syepehen King would say. Hope I'm wrong.

  • June 18, 2009, 9:45 p.m. CST

    It certainly is an exciting title: THE WARD.

    by kabong

    The Corridor. <P> The Reception Lobby. <P> The Parking Administration Annex Building Across The Street.

  • June 18, 2009, 10:06 p.m. CST

    CHRISTINE is fucking excellent

    by caruso_stalker217

    One of my favorite Carpenter films and better than the book.

  • June 18, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST

    electroshock is valid

    by Roderick Usher

    ...if it's a period flick. It would be awesome to see it set in the 50s with a haunted, CHRISTINE-production-line, nostalgic vibe. Loony Bin atrocities in a period setting would be something new for Carpenter

  • June 18, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST

    always look forward to his films

    by frank cotton

    but i believe he owes us all an apology for GHOSTS OF MARS

  • June 18, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Mamie Gummer, WTF????

    by BigTuna

  • June 18, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Dark Knight Lite

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    your total asshole-ness made me lol... i still think you're a douchey reject from the TGIF lineup, but still... apology accepted.

  • June 19, 2009, 12:13 a.m. CST

    srh1son Panabaker has been around

    by saintsaucey

    a hell of a lot longer than Tamblyn has and like it was mentioned ealier she and her younger sister are certified geniuses. Both are already college grads and have been acting the whole time. Kay is cuter though.

  • June 19, 2009, 1:10 a.m. CST

    I have faith in Carpenter.

    by Ecto-1

    He is without a doubt a huge influence upon me. I have tremendous respect for him as a film maker and as a composer and his work as both is a constant inspiration. Now, when the hell are we gonna get a sequel to Big Trouble In Little China!!

  • June 19, 2009, 1:36 a.m. CST

    See thats just it guys

    by ThePilgrim

    When we speak of this man. We all know we speak of a former version of him. It's always about those films he made with Debra and Nick and Tommy. That man, the one who's films we all admire. Well, he hung it up shortly after he pulled us out of the mouth of madness. Truth is we don't know how to feel about it, and more than anything in the world we'd love to get that man back for one last all out "Who's the Master" flick. Ambition is for the young and wreckless. When you reach a certain age and you know you could lose it all at any moment. You stop giving a fuck about things like this. Films are ego-dependant. The good ones come from people who fight to make them good. I read the synop for this film, and All I can see in my head is Someone saying "Hey John, Here's the pay you wanted, this is the budget, heres the script, You have final cut, and pretty much full control. Now go make us a movie. It's not the same man who would have seen the check and said: Wow, what the fuck can I do to make this film really push my name onto into a few more tables. The man already made his name a Legend. People are content with telling him how great EFNY, BTILC, Halloween, ITMOM, and the Thing. Ever frigging interviewer wants to talk about those films. The man earned whatever the fuck he wants and if he wants to film a movie real quick for a nice fat check- then so be it, but damn I wish he would come out one last times and really fucking pull off that ol magic.

  • June 19, 2009, 2 a.m. CST


    by DC Films

    100% agreement...<P>BTW, nice name

  • June 19, 2009, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Top 5 Carpenter

    by Lost Jarv

    The Thing, Halloween, EFNY, BTILC, They Live <P>Honourable mention to Starman, Christine, Dark Star, Assault, The Fog, Prince of Darkness and In the Mouth of Madness. <P>Dishonourable mention to Ghosts of Mars.

  • June 19, 2009, 3:48 a.m. CST

    My bottom five Carpenter Films

    by Continentalop

    Four way tie for number 2 - Escape from LA, Prince of Darkness, In the Mouth of Madness, Memoirs of an Invisible Man (all of these are passable but still my least favorite Carpenter movies). <p> Number 1 - Ghost of Mars (this one sucks).

  • June 19, 2009, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Bottom 5

    by Lost Jarv

    four way tie: EFLA, Memoirs, Vampires, Village of the damned<P>Clear winner- Ghosts of Ass.

  • June 19, 2009, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Bottom 5

    by Lost Jarv

    four way tie: EFLA, Memoirs, Vampires, Village of the damned- passable but not inspiring<P>Clear winner- Ghosts of Ass.

  • June 19, 2009, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Cute girl

    by HagCeli

  • June 19, 2009, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Fave Carpenter films:

    by HagCeli

    1.) The Thing 2.) Escape From N.Y. 3.) Assault on Precinct 13

  • June 19, 2009, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Thank God it's not written by Moriarty

    by reflecto

    Did he write "Pro-Life?" That was HORRIBLE.

  • June 19, 2009, 5:55 a.m. CST

    And BTW the last shot of Prince Of Darkness

    by reflecto

    makes my blood run cold. The unfinished aspect of it. That film is great in its own junky way. I also like Ghosts Of Mars. It's goofy and junkier than POD, and I fell asleep the first time I watched it, but I've come to appreciate it as simply another enjoyable, if very cheap, Carpenter "base under siege" flick.

  • June 19, 2009, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Oh, and top 5

    by reflecto

    1. The Thing 2. Halloween 3. The Fog 4. Prince Of Darkness 5. Assault On Precinct 13 Mine are the unconventional choices, sue me.

  • June 19, 2009, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Carpenter's return to form...

    by Halloween68

    Let's hope so. The last good thing he did was THEY LIVE. And jeez ... how long ago was that? 80 something. ESCAPE FROM LA, GHOSTS OF MARS and MOUTHS OF MADNESS were just awful. And I know you got to give him love for directing your buds' script in MASTERS OF HORROR, but I didn't think his episode in that was all that. Did he do more than the one about the film demon/angel thing? I mean it was alright. Kind of reminded me of that Johnny Depp movie about the book collector. In any event, I want Carpenter to get back to THE THING, HALLOWEEN, THE FOG, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 form. Some of my alltime favorite films. I guess if he can never get back there it will never be as bad as Mel Brooks going from BLAZING SADDLES and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN to DRACULA DEAD AND LOVING IT.

  • June 19, 2009, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Top 5- Like you give a fuck......

    by redfist

    1. The Thing <P> 2. Escape from New York <P> 3. Big Trouble in Little China <P> 4. Starman-I like it so get fucked. <P> 5. Halloween/The Fog...I can't pick one or the other.

  • June 19, 2009, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Top 5- Like you give a fuck......

    by redfist

    1. The Thing <P> 2. Escape from New York <P> 3. Big Trouble in Little China <P> 4. Starman-I like it so get fucked. <P> 5. Halloween/The Fog...I can't pick one or the other.

  • June 19, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST


    by redfist

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    by TITBAG


  • June 19, 2009, 8:31 a.m. CST

    redfist, I'll fist your for not

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    putting They Live in the top five. Alley fight scene alone is worth the price of admission.

  • June 19, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    I'd focused so much on Stephen King I forgot

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Christine was done by Carpenter. The book was good, but would not have translated to the screen. What Carpenter did to it was brilliant. A little tweeking, and two masters combine to create a masterpiece.

  • June 19, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST



    I can't believe I forgot Starman. Definitely one of his best. I think people overlook it because it's not a horror flick. Yet, like Stephen King, one of his best movies is non-horror. Memoirs of an Invisible Man is not that bad, pretty funny actually. Better than anything that came after.

  • June 19, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST



    5) Escape from LA 4) Cigarette Burns / Pro Life 3) Vampires 2) Ghosts of Mars 1) Village of the Damned (HORRIBLE!)

  • June 19, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    I love Ghosts of Mars

    by Beezbo

    Carpenter has a very unique sensibility - like them or not, his movies have a certain style. Ghosts of Mars feels like a throwback 80's Carpenter film. My favorite thing about his movies is that they always seem to feature a group of people in a tough situation who make VERY bad decisions about how to get out of them. For example, the plan at the end of Vampires (sending the priest in to lure the vampires into the elevator so that they can be dragged out into the sunlight) - hilarious! Most of his films have plans like this that go awry. Even though my holy triumverate are getting on in years (Carpenter, Romero, DePalma), I don't think any younger genre directors are going to match their track records.

  • June 19, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Who gives a shit about top 5's?

    by DC Films

    I just want some new Carpenter!

  • June 19, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Starman...some kudos to Michael Douglas, the producer

    by skimn

    who must've seen that Carpenter had a sci-fi-ish, road movie in him.

  • June 20, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Electro Shock Therapy...

    by JohnCarpenterLives

  • June 20, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Electro Shock Therapy...

    by JohnCarpenterLives

    It is still legal, it needs informed consent, and there is some success with it. Obviously she probably doesn't want it, but c'mon, a savvy doc could get away with it. God, now I'm just scared of the ghost mom in Mother of Tears. Terrible, terrible, terrible. Looked worse than a SEGA cinematic. I shouldn't worry though, it's The Master. His last human-ghost movie was The Fog.

  • April 29, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    "The Ward" MUST have music by John Carpenter!

    by Liminal

    Check out the thread in THE ZONE

  • April 29, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Wow, she is hot

    by orcus