June is John Carpenter season on Horror Channel and boy are we excited about it!
If you don’t agree that John Carpenter is the undisputed king of horror, you would have to at least concede that he’s right up there in the horror royal family.
His fantastic films (and soundtracks) have had a dramatic influence on horror and, more generally, film. For this reason when you get the chance to watch his works YOU SHOULD MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO DO SO.
Thankfully, this June Horror Channel are putting on a season of his films, serving as a great intro to Carpenter noobs a string of indulgent Saturdays for his established fans.
Horror Channel celebrates the films of John Carpenter
The celebratory season is highlighted by the network premieres of Carpenter’s classic car-rage chiller Christine, with the superb Harry Dean Stanton, and John Carpenter’s Vampires, a horror Western starring James Woods. It also includes iconic favourite The Fog and high-kicking fantasy thriller Big Trouble in Little China and his timely, mind-bending sci-fi political thriller They Live.
Sat 2 June @ 21:00 – THE FOG (1980)
A Northern California fishing town, built 100 years ago over an old leper colony, is the target for revenge by a killer fog containing zombie-like ghosts seeking revenge for their deaths. John Carpenter’s first horror thriller following Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh and the great man himself.
Sat 9 June @ 21:00 – CHRISTINE (1983) *Network Premiere
High school geek Arnie Cunningham falls in love with “Christine”, a bright red 1958 Plymouth Fury which has seen much better days. Setting himself the task of restoring the car to its original condition, Arnie has become consumed with passion for the sleek, rounded, chrome-laden car. His friends are horrified but it’s too late – anyone seeking to come between them becomes the victim of Christine’s horrifying wrath.
Sat 16 June @ 21:00 – BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (2007)
Hard-boiled truck driver Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) gets caught in a bizarre conflict in San Francisco’s Chinatown when an ancient Chinese prince and Chinatown crime lord kidnaps a beautiful green-eyed woman Miao Yin (Suzee Pai). Miao is the fiancée of Jack’s best friend and Jack must help rescue the girl before the evil Lo Pan uses her to break the ancient curse that keeps him a fleshless and immortal spirit.
Sat 23 June @ 21:00 – THEY LIVE (2001)
John Carpenter wrote and directed this science fiction thriller about a group of aliens who try to take over the world by disguising themselves as Young Republicans. Wrestler Roddy Piper stars as John Nada, a drifter who makes his way into an immense encampment for the homeless. There he stumbles upon a conspiracy concerning aliens who have hypnotised the populace through subliminal messages transmitted through the media…
Sat 30 June @ 21:00 – JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES (1998) *Network Premiere
James Woods is Jack Crow, leader of a team of vampire hunters hired by the Vatican. After wiping out a vampire nest in rural New Mexico, “Team Crow” is savagely ambushed by the unholy Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith), a vicious 600-year-old vampire. Valek is nearing the end of a long search for the elusive Berziers Cross, the ritual implement that can give him and all vampires omnipotent power to walk in the daylight. Crow pursues Valek through the high deserts, culminating in a fateful and final confrontation.
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