On Set With John Car­pen­ter

Neg­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ences

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Books - Kim Got­tlieb- Walker has a cameo in Hal­loween II, as one of the re­porters who crowds around Lau­rie at the end.

Re­lease Date: 24 Oc­to­ber

176 pages | £ 24.99 ( hard­back) Au­thor: Kim Got­tlieb- Walker Pub­lisher: Ti­tan Books

Pho­tog­ra­pher Kim

Got­tlieb- Walker worked on five fea­tures with John Car­pen­ter, from 1978’ s Hal­loween to 1983’ s Chris­tine, and this col­lec­tion of stills will fas­ci­nate fans of the di­rec­tor.

There are some classy, artis­tic shots here: in moody por­traits, the likes of Don­ald Pleasence and Lee Van Cleef di­rect a pierc­ing gaze into the lens. A fair share are pretty un­re­mark­able, but a scat­ter­ing of price­less images of cast and crew goof­ing around make up for that: Nick Cas­tle ( one of the men be­hind Michael My­ers) mak­ing the mask “drink” a can of Dr Pep­per. Kurt Rus­sell eye­balling a caged rat on the set of Es­cape From New York.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing quotes add anec­dotes about on- set mishaps and pranks – the cam­era­man fall­ing through the floor; the pro­ducer con­vinced his Porsche had been crushed. By all ac­counts, a Car­pen­ter set was a place of ca­ma­raderie, laugh­ter and fun. Ian Berriman

Jamie Lee Cur­tis poses in­be­tween shoot­ing Hal­loween. Kurt Rus­sell re­hearses stran­gling Lee Van Cleef. James Cameron touches up a matte paint­ing. Kurt Rus­sell and stunt dou­ble Dick War­lock.

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