10 Starman

Previously on this show, we’ve talked masked maniacs, dystopian prison colonies, and killer cars – but with all the chaos in the world and the holidays approaching (shudder), why not take a detour toward a gentler side of John Carpenter. This week, Nick and Chris are joined by actress Chelsea Claire to talk about Carpenter’s 1984 sci-fi romance Starman. Don’t worry, we’ll get back to the violence and mayhem next week.

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  • “How many times am I going to bring up SpaceCamp on this show?!”

Bob Balaban and Francois Truffaut in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

  • “When a communications breakthrough happens, I find it extremely compelling and rewarding!”









09 Christine (1983)

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This week, Nick and Chris are joined by Matthew Robinson of Dark of the Matinee to talk about Carpenter’s 1983 film Christine – a simple story of a boy and his evil sentient car. In this one, horror powerhouses John Carpenter and Stephen King team up for one of the nuttier projects for both of them. Does it hold up? Tune in to find out.

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Media referenced in this episode:

  • You know you’ve seen this bully before…
  • Futurama, The Honking
  • “Chris, I’m putting you in charge of show notes for this episode.”
  • Remember Baywatch?

08 The Thing

This week on The John Carpentcast, Nick and Chris will brave the cold and isolation of the Antarctic along with artist/musician Derk Harron to talk about Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi/horror masterpiece The Thing. Fans have debated for decades about the film’s cryptic ending – but we’d really like to hear from you. Is it MacReady or Childs? Neither? Both?

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Media mentioned in this episode:

  • Thing score used in Hateful Eight.
  • Creepy musical reference to 2001.
  • Karl Pilkington’s Doppelganger
  • The Thing PS2 game
  • “The Pod Scene” reference from 2001.
  • Making The Thing.


07 Escape From New York

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This week, Dr. Diabolic himself Jeremiah Wilkerson and Heather Lynn Henderson join Nick and Chris for a trip to the Big Apple circa 1997 – you know, when the isle of Manhattan was a dystopian prison colony. It’s Carpenter’s cult classic 1981 sci-fi action-thriller Escape from New York. Just keep an eye on those floorboards, word is the Crazies are out tonight. Join us in a few weeks, when we’ll be revisiting the sequel, Escape from L.A., and… we’ll see what happens.

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Media referenced in this episode:

  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Deleted opening scene
  • Marty (1955 Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Screenplay)
  • Blue Thunder (1983)
  • Mr. Show, “Operation Hell on Earth”
  • Back to the Future II scene filmed at Chris’ childhood home
  • Lockout (2012)

06 The Fog (1980)

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Something eerie approaches from the horizon as Cecil Laird of The Horror Show podcast joins Nick and Chris to talk about Carpenter’s 1980 chiller The Fog. Lock your doors, shutter your windows, and pour yourself a drink stiff enough for a priest with a dark secret.

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Media referenced in this episode:

  • The Fog Remake


05B – Elvis (1979)

(Part 2 starts around 1:13:00)

Our humble hero from Tupelo, Mississippi has finally achieved his dreams of music stardom. But will fame and fortune change the boy? Things end up turning out alright for this guy, right? Liz Bradley is back with Nick and Chris for the thrilling conclusion of Carpenter’s 1979 TV mini-series Elvis.

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  • The high cost of fame.
  • Universal Studios’ Back to the Future: The Ride.
  • Elvis in Germany
  • Bill Hicks, Who is Charlie Hodge?!
  • Elvis – Take My Hand, Precious Lord
  • Elvis vs. Nixon

05A – Elvis (1979)

Liz Bradley returns to The John Carpentcast for Part 1 of Elvis. This ABC TV mini-series was big event television in 1979, and stars Kurt Russell as the titular King and Shelly Winters as his doting mama. Grab a fried peanut butter-banana sandwich and some amphetamines and hear the tale of the man and his music. Join us next week for Part 2.

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  • Line reads:
  • Forrest creates controversy (Listen for Kurt Russell doing the voice for Elvis uncredited)
  • Walk Hard trailer


04 Someone’s Watching Me!

This week, Nick and Chris are joined by author and film critic Hal C.F. Astell. The film is a John Carpenter rarity, Someone’s Watching Me!, the 1978 made-for-TV Hitchcockian psycho-thriller, which was widely unavailable to audiences until 2007. Turn down the lights and make sure you’re comfortable behind your telescope to join us for Carpenter’s first foray onto the small screen.
You can check out Hal’s blog at Apocalypse Later Films. Review Hal’s books on Amazon. You also will want to check out the Apocalypse Later International Film Festival, happening this next Saturday October 15, 2016 at Phoenix Center for the Arts.


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  • Opening Titles of North by Northwest:
  • Harry Sukman’s Main Theme for Someone’s Watching Me!
  • Rear Window Theatrical Trailer
  • I always feel like…

03 Halloween

This week on The John Carpentcast, Nick and Chris are joined by actor/producer Liz Manning to talk about John Carpenter’s 1978 game-changing horror masterpiece Halloween. It’s almost that special time of year, why not turn down the lights and kick it off right?

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Media referenced in this show:

  • I (Nick) paraphrased a Bill Hicks bit from his special Sane Man about Drunk Driving in the 70s to the point of possible plagiarism. I meant to attribute it in the moment but didn’t. It’s a funny thought, but it was not my thought, it’s Bill’s.
  • 70s Van Culture.
  • The Thing From Another World.
  • “And they settled on ‘Raw Meat’?!”
  • Forbidden Planet 1950s Electronic Soundtrack.
  • The Message (1976), the film about the early days of Islam that Moustapha Akkad was producing when he was approached by Carpenter about Halloween.

02 Assault on Precinct 13

This week, Nick & Chris are joined by film critic Bill Pierce to talk about John Carpenter’s 1976 shoot-em-up action-thriller ‘Assault on Precinct 13’. This one is especially boozy, so why not have a few while you listen to join in?
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