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)