Since I just started reading Troy Howarth’s latest book, Assault on the System: The Nonconformist Cinema of John Carpenter, I thought it might be an interesting (though probably an easy one to call) question to see what your favorite John Carpenter film is. Now, as I said, I know there is going to be a lot of answers for the obvious choice, which would be Halloween (1978), which is fine because you can’t be wrong in what is your personal favorite. I’m sure The Thing (1982) is going to be up there as well. But I am curious to see if there will be any other titles named, such as The Fog (1980) or maybe even In the Mouth of Madness (1995).
Now here’s the catch. If you can, state WHY whatever title you’ve picked IS your favorite. I’m not looking for an essay here but something a little more than “it scared me”. Was it the suspense and pacing while you watched Michael Myers creep around the house? Or was it the unprecedented special effects when Norris head stretches off his body, grows legs and walks away. Or watching Christine rebuild herself after Artie ask her to “show me”. Maybe it was the time and place where you saw the film that made the impact? Again, not looking for essays but just a quick thought as to why your favorite means so much to you. Hopefully it won’t be too difficult, but brings up some fun discussions.