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The “Master of Horror”, Raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky showed interest in filmmaking and music at a young age. He was strongly influenced by western directors such as Howard Hawks and John Ford, and Sci-fi films (particularly, the Thing From Another World and It Came From Outer Space.)

After winning an Academy Award in 1970 for “the best liveaction short subject”, The Resurrection of Bronco Billy (a project he completed while a film student at USC), Carpenter directed a series of low-budget, critically-acclaimed movies: Dark Star, Assault on Precinct 13, and finally, Halloween, which earned over $75 million worldwide on a budget of just $300,000. Making it the highest earning film per dollar spent to this day. He continued his legendary reputation with such hits as The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, Christine, Starman, Big Trouble in Little, China, Prince of Darkness, They Live, In the Mouth of Madness, Village of the Damned, Escape from L.A., Vampires, Ghosts of Mars and the television trilogy Body Bags

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Most commonly associated with horror, and sci-fi. Uses minimal lighting and cinematography. Photography, use of steadicam and static cameras. Shoots mostly 2.35:1 anamorphic panavision. Distinctive self-composed synthesizer-based soundtracks. Reference to classic westerns. History as a triple-threat filmmaker, composing the score as well as writing the screenplay and directing. Attribution (e.g. John carpenter’s Halloween) Trivia: Consider’s it bad luck to wear the hat of the film he’s working on. NBA fan, Always a portable hoop on location. Turned down the chance to direct Top Gun. Good friend of actor Jeff Bridges. In the 5th edition of 1001 movies you must see before you die, 2 of his films are listed: Halloween and the Thing. Was in a band during his attendance at USC called the Coupe de Villes Which included future directors Tommy Lee Wallace and Nick Castle.

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Year: 1982 Genre: Sci-Fi Horror Writer: Bill Lancaster Starring: Kurt russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Donald Moffat & Charles Hallahan

Year: 1988 Genre: Sci-Fi Writer: John Carpenter Starring: Roddy Piper, Keith David & Meg Foster “They Live, I think, is maybe one of the most underrated films ever.” George A Romero

Synopsis: A twelve man team of researchers stationed in Antarctica come in cantact with an alien being. A parasitic extraterrestrial lifeform that assimilates other organisms and in turn imitates them. As it takes the appearance of the researchers that it absorbs, paranoia occurs within the group.

Synopsis: The story follows a nameless drifter referred to as “Nada” who, through finding a pair of sunglasses, discovers the ruling class are in fact aliens managing human social affairs through the use of a TV broadcast signal. Concealing their appearance and broadcasting subliminal messages in mass media.

Trivia: The Thing is based on John W. Campbell Jr’s novel Who Goes There?, which was loosely adapted by 1951’s The Thing from Another World directed by Howard Hawks and Christian Nyby. It is is the first of the “Apocalypse Trilogy”, which is followed by Prince Of Darkness, and finishes with In The Mouth of Madness. Although these films are narratively unrelated, each features an apocalyptic scenerio. It took three months to shoot on six artificially frozen sound stages in Los Angeles and during the final weeks of shooting it took place near the small town of Stewart in northern British Columbia. Most of the special effects were designed and created by Rob Bottin and his crew, with the exception of “the dog creature”, which was created by Stan Winston. The film was shot anamorphically for the 2.39:1 “scope” ratio. Unlike most of his self composed films, Carpenter had Ennio Morricone (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) compose the soundtrack. In 1991, the Thing was turned into a comic book mini-series and published by Dark Horse Comics titled The Thing From Another World.

Trivia: They Live was shot in eight weeks (March and April of 1988), mostly on location in downtown L.A. with a budget just barely greater than $3,000,000. The idea for They Live came from a 1960’s short story by Ray Nelson called Eight O’Clock in the Morning. Nelson, along with artist Bill Wray, adapted the short into a story called Nada in 1986. The more political elements of the film are derived from Carpenter’s growing distaste with the ever increasing commercialization of 1980’s popular culture and politics. Because the screenplay was the product of so many sources: a short story, a comic book, and input from cast and crew, Carpenter decided to use the pseudonym “Frank Armitage”. A name alluding to one of the filmmaker’s favorite writers, H. P. Lovecraft (Henry Armitage is a character in Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror). One particular highlight of the film is a five-and-half minute alley fight between David and Piper over a pair of the special sunglasses. Carpenter recalls the fight took 3 weeks to rehearse.The fight between Jimmy and Timmy in the South Park episode “Cripple Fight” is almost a shot-for-shot recreation of the fight between Nada and Frank.

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Year: 1976 Genre: Action Thriller Starring: Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston & Laurie Zimmer Written, Directed, Scored and Edited by John Carpenter.

Synopsis: It stars Austin Stoker as a police officer who defends a defunct precinct against an attack by a relentless criminal gang, along with Darwin Joston as a convicted murderer who helps him. Laurie Zimmer and Tony Burton co-star as other defenders of the precinct. Trivia: The script for the film was written in eight days. Carpenter’s script makes many allusions to film history and inspirations for this film. The running gag of having Napoleon Wilson constantly ask Got a smoke? was inspired by the cigarette gags used in many of Howard Hawks’s (one of carpenters influences) westerns. Assault started shooting in November 1975 and was shot in only 20 days. The film was shot on 35mm Panavision in a 2.35:1 anamorphic aspect ratio with Metrocolor film, Carpenter’s first experience with Panavision cameras and lenses. This is the format which he would use on all of his feature films. Carpenter has referred to this film as the most fun he has ever had directing. Carpenter edited the film using the pseudonym John T. Chance, the name of John Wayne’s character in Rio Bravo. John Carpenter won the 1978 annual British Film Institute award for the “originality and achievement of his first two films”, Dark Star and Assault, at the 1977 London Film Festival 15 LORDISH_ZINE_VS2_TEXT.indd 16-17

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PTOOFF! (1967) The Deviants (UK) Psychedelic

Smiley Smile (1967) The Beach Boys (California) Psychedelic

Stretchin’ Out In (1976) Bootsy’s Rubber Band (Ohio) Funk

Young Loud and Snotty (1977) Dead Boys (Ohio) Punk

I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die (1967) Country Joe and The Fish (California) Psychedelic

Mirage (1974) Camel (London) Prog. Rock

What It Meant: Discography (1987-91) Judge (New York) Hardcore

Can’t Close My Eyes (1985) Youth of Today (New York) Hardcore

Budgie (1971) Budgie (Whales) Pre-metal

Holy Mountain(1992) Sleep (California) Doom doom

My Vinyl Wieghs A Ton (1999) Peanut Butter Wolf (California) Hip-Hop

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Anti-Theft Device (1998) Mix Master Mike (California) Hip-Hop 18 13-10-07 1:46 PM

Orc Stain Written & illustrated by James Stokoe of Vancouver, BC “The mighty Orc Tzar, newest leader of the mob, marches north to find the lost organ of a forgotten god. Only a lone one-eyed orc with a mysterious gift can find the key to breaking the cycle. Welcome to the twisted, and wildly inventive world or Orc Stain.�

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Eat: Jam (breakfast / lunch) 542 Herald st

Drink: Smiths (Pub / Bar) 777 Courtney st

Music: Ditch Records (vinyl / cd) 784 Fort st

Shop: Baggin’s Shoes (vans / converse) 561 Johnson st

Lotus Pond (chinese) 617 Johnson st

Big Bad Johns (Bar) 919 Douglas st

Turntable (vinyl / cd) Suite 107-3 Fan Tan Alley

Lyrics Skateshop (skate / art) 150 - 174 Wilson st

Fernwood Inn (pub) 1302 Gladstone st

Union Pacific (Coffee) 537 Herald st

Talk’s Cheap (vinyl / cd) 556 - B Pandora st

Flavour (new / consignment) 581 Johnson st

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Victoria BBQ House

1714 Government St Don’t let the pastries being kept warm from the sunlight coming through the window put you off. This place is fucking tight. The cash only authentic Chinese food joint is just outside of China Town on Government st next to Government st tattoo. The lady who runs the show isn’t the friendliest of people but she can swing a cleaver with the best of them. A bed of rice and with a gang of fresh cut beef or pork for just over five dollars is a steal. She also offers the ‘best duck in the city’ as quoted from Urban Spoon. Get in and get out. There’s also a wide array of self-serve Chinese pastries from honey buns to deep fried pork dumplings to spring rolls ranging from $1.50 to $4.00. Perfect to grab a snack and chill outside at the two small tables. No inside seating but whatever. If you grab a box for the pastries expect to get charged 10 cents.

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this day and age I think it’s safe to say the majority of us spend way too much time on our cell phones or computers. We have sacrificed sleep and real life productivity but at least we’ve found some pretty cool shit on the internet. But.. fuck the internet.

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