One good scare

The film Halloween is not just a cracking atmospheric piece from the early career of its director John Carpenter, but at the time of its release was the most successful independent film ever made. Made on a shoestring budget of $320,000 it managed to gross over $40 million. This correspondent has always been a fan of John Carpenter, from an early enough age to crowbar ‘Die Filme von John Carpenter’ into his German O-level oral exam, and even the not-so-great releases have always had something intriguing about them. Halloween 3, for example, narratively unrelated to its two predecessors, managed to briefly snare the creator of Quatermass, Nigel Kneale, as its scriptwriter, before a spat about overly graphic effects severed the connection. Notwithstanding the season we’re now in, given the economic and political climate, two other Carpenter sci-fi / horror classics seem more than usually relevant: The Thing, and They Live.

One good scare