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.”
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.
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.