CAR­PEN­TER COV­ERS

Empire (UK) - - MIDNIGHT SPECIAL - NICK DE SEMLYEN

MID­NIGHT SPE­CIAL IS A TRIB­UTE TO JOHN CAR­PEN­TER’S STAR­MAN. HERE ARE MORE RIFFS ON JC’S OEU­VRE...

THE HATE­FUL EIGHT (2016)

Tarantino cast the star of The Thing, as well as us­ing its mu­sic cues and am­bi­ence. “It’s the only movie I showed the cast,” he says, adding, “And Reser­voir Dogs was very much in­flu­enced by The Thing.”

SCREAM (1996)

Car­pen­ter di­rected buddy Wes Craven in 1993’s Body Bags; three years later, Craven lit­tered Scream with ref­er­ences to Hal­loween, from Billy Loomis’ sur­name to a glimpse of the film on a TV.

LOCK­OUT (2012)

Not so much an af­fec­tion­ate trib­ute to Es­cape From New York as an ag­gres­sive rip-off. This Luc Bes­son sci-fi film has so many sim­i­lar­i­ties to the 1981 clas­sic that Car­pen­ter sued. And won.

GHOSTS OF MARS (2001)

Car­pen­ter pays homage to him­self when Pam Grier’s char­ac­ter asks, “Who goes there?” (The ti­tle of the story The Thing was based on.) It’s also ba­si­cally a retelling of As­sault On Precinct 13.

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