Deliberations of Doom Ep 8: The Horror Films of John Carpenter Pt 2 | One of Us

Deliberations of Doom Ep 8: The Horror Films of John Carpenter Pt 2

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The Doom Patrol continues with their assessment of horror legend John Carpenter’s career, taking on Christine, Prince of Darkness, In the Mouth of Madness, Body Bags, Village of the Damned, Vampires, Ghosts of Mars, and The Ward. If you missed Part one you can check it out right here.


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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.
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    I’m torn on how to respond to some of what was discussed in this episode. I expressed my own controversial Carpenter opinions last episode, but I still feel I have to respond to what the brothers were saying. You can love a film director and still admit that some of their films SUCK.
    I can like Shyamalan films but not be able to defend Last Airbender, Lady in the Water, or After Earth.
    I can appreciate the ideas in a film like Batman vs Superman or Man of Steel and still say that they are terrible movies. For me personally, having good ideas does not equal a good enjoyable film.
    For me personally, loving a creator means both holding them to a higher standard and figuring out what things about a creator’s body of work that you do or don’t like.
    -Ghosts of Mars is awful. It’s dull, silly, cheap looking, and none of its “ideas” really amount to anything. The flashbacks do not work because they are supposed to act as a POV narrative device but they keep switching perspectives to things that the POV narrator didn’t know about.
    -Vampires I’m curious about, but I’ve heard it’s horribly dull.
    -Prince of Darkness and In the Mouth of Madness fascinate me, even if Mouth of Madness doesn’t really look like a Carpenter film.
    -Christine feels like Carpenter doing a great job polishing a turd. It’s well shot, directed, and conceived, but the story is so dull and the main character never connected with me, but that is partially because, in my own experience, gearheads can end up being as big assholes as jocks if not bigger. That might just be me.