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By James Whittington, Thursday 31st May 2018
On the eve of Horror Channel's John Carpenter Season (stars June 2nd), we present to you 13 reasons why he truly is the Master of Horror. Agree or disagree let us know via out social media channels.
1: Made the slasher movie cool again with Halloween (1978)
2: His use of a Steadicam put us in the heart of the terror on screen.
3: Gave the world the finest horror movie theme, ever (Halloween, 1978)
4: Turned Kurt Russell an action hero.
5: Way ahead of his time with They Live (1988), Carpenter delivered a movie that woke up the world to the evils of subliminal consumerism and stimuli via a cool sci-fi movie.
6: They Live also has a fight scene that lasts over 6 minutes and contains the immortal line, "I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubble gum."
7: Directed the greatest remake ever, The Thing (1982)
8: Directors that say Carpenter influenced their style include James Wan, James Gunn and Guillermo del Toro.
9: Gave Jamie Lee Curtis her cinematic break in Halloween.
10: Name checks classic shows and characters such as Quartermass in his movies.
11: Made a genuinely creepy movie based on a Stephen king book, Christine (1983).
12: Writes comic books such as John Carpenter's Tales for a HalloweeNight.
13: Still touring his compositions around the world and released the superb albums Lost Themes and Lost Themes II.
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