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John Carpenter: Master of Fear - 4 Film Collection (The Thing / Prince of Darkness / They Live / Village of the Damned)
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Possessed by an ominous creative vision and a chilling ability to keep audiences guessing until the very end, director John Carpenter is justifiably known as the Master of Fear for his body of mind-altering horror films that helped introduce the slasher genre to American audiences. The John Carpenter: Master of Fear Collection, featuring The Thing, Prince of Darkness, They Live and Village of the Damned, delivers all the shocks, suspense and sinister twists fans have come to expect. Dare to enter the world of John Carpenter: it’s a journey to the dark side of humanity that you won’t soon forget... The Thing In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Soon unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and takes on the appearance of those it kills. They Live Aliens are gaining control of the earth by masquerading as humans and lulling the public into submission. Humanity's last chance lies with a lone drifter who stumbles upon a unique pair of sunglasses that reveal the terrifying and deadly truth. Prince of Darkness A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister and inadvertently unleash a strange liquid from it. As the substance turns their co-workers into zombies, the remaining members realize they have released Satan himself. Village of the Damned After an unseen force invades a quiet coastal town, ten women mysteriously find themselves pregnant. A local physician and a government scientist join forces when the women simultaneously give birth…and the reign of terror begins.
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Also, thank you so much for the movies being on single sided DVDs! I HATE double sided DVDs, they get scratched up easier, it's often difficult to identify which side is which, and they're just a pain to handle in general. This collection contains two single sided disks with two movies per disk, both of which are clearly labeled, perfect!
I presume they're able to fit two movies per disk due to this collection's lack of special features, however as someone who's never cared about DVD special features, and probably never will, this is not a big drawback for me.
I have no problem at all recommending this set for new the budding Carpenter fan or the budget minded horror consumer!
Just to get this out of the way, there are no special features on these two discs, nor are there any type of "extras." For the price, that would be unreasonable to expect. The good news is that the picture quality, which I was a little worried about, is excellent and does a fine job of demonstrating Carpenter's eye for visual beauty. All films are presented in widescreen format, too, so you lose nothing of the cinematic experience via the atrocity known as pan-and-scan.
Now, to the movies themselves:
THE THING (1982) - Arguably one of the greatest horror movies of all time, THE THING is John Carpenter's remake of the 1951 classic sci-fi/horror film, and it is a rare case of the remake being superior to the original. Set in a lonely Antarctic research station, it is the story of a group of scientists (and one ornery helicopter pilot, played by Kurt Russel), who discover an alien life-form buried in the ice, and -- unfortunately for them -- allow it to thaw. A masterpiece of mystery, mounting unease, paranoia and ultimately, fear, THE THING is Carpenter at his very best: casting, writing, production design and music all unite to create an atmosphere of genuine horror -- "horror" meaning literally "the anticipation of a terrifying outcome."
PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987) - This is the story of a priest (Donald Pleasance) who discovers that a run-down church in downtown L.A. is the home of an embryonic, all-powerful "anti-God" whose time to enter our universe has finally arrived. The priest arranges for a group of doctoral candidates from a local university to come and study the "embryo," and no sooner have they arrived than they are trapped in the church by a group of homeless people under its demonic influence: meanwhile, the "egg" is hatching, about to give birth to the Antichrist. Sluggish and cerebral, PRINCE OF DARKNESS is not a scary film, nor is it particularly well cast -- Jameson Parker, who was so charismatic on SIMON & SIMON in the 80s, is a bit inert as the hero. What's more, the writing is clunky and expository and there is a feeling of silliness at many key moments which undermine the mood. But for all that, it's actually worth watching, if only because it is truly a "thinking man's" horror movie, and also contains more than a few glints of Carpenter's old moviemaking charm.
THEY LIVE (1988) - Like many of Carpenter's movies, including THE THING, this one has grown in reputation over time. When I originally saw it in the theater in high school, I spent most of my time laughing at the jokes and the satisfying outbursts of violence: it wasn't until many years later that the brutality of the social commentary really began to resonate with me. A paranoiac's fantasy, THEY LIVE is about a nameless drifter (Roddy Piper) who stumbles upon a staggering secret: mankind has been infiltrated, and is being corrupted and controlled, by a race of greedy, ghoul-like aliens whose true nature can only be seen through lenses of specially-manufactured sunglasses. Not one to take these things lying down, Piper's character "Nada" goes on an anti-alien rampage which culminates in him trying to destroy the satellite dish which allows the aliens to hide in plain sight. More action-comedy than horror, this is a scathingly anti-materialist film, which the actor Peter Jason (Gilbert) described to me as "a primal scream of rage against the Reagan era."
VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1995) - Carpenter supposedly said to an interviewer that he made this movie out of a contractual obligation to the studio, and indeed, it lacks the passion he brings to even his worst films. Having said that, it is by no means his worst film: it's actually quite entertaining, if one just swallows it whole and doesn't ask too many questions. VILLAGE is a strange tale about a small NorCal town which literally falls asleep one day, only to wake up and discover that ten of the women have become mysteriously pregnant while unconscious. All but one of the babies are born live, and quickly begin to manifest telekenetic powers, which they use violently when threatened, thwarted, or just plain bored. The town doctor (Christopher Reeve) and a chain-smoking government scientist (Kirstie Alley) struggle to deal with the creepy, menacing children while trying to unravel the mystery behind their birth, leading to an extremely violent climax. Like DARKNESS, this film is decidedly unscary, but it is interesting and has that strange charm I referred to earlier, that Carpenter is often able to achieve even when he achieves nothing else.
As I said, this is not really a collection of Carpenter's best horror -- that would have to include HALLOWEEN, of course, and probably THE FOG as well -- but it is a very watchable group of movies that tells you a lot about Carpenter's fancy for sacrificial themes, social commentary, jump scares, and off-the-wall casting. The price is incredibly modest and you could do worse than fire "Master of Fear" up on Halloween -- after you watch HALLOWEEN, that is!
I highly recommend these to vintage horror movie fans! They're the basics and you can't go wrong.
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Yep we are confronted by a dog-splitting being from the great beyond. Being isolated we must evaluate track and kill this most obviously menacing "Thing".Read more
He Loved it.
I already have a Copy and Loved it as well.