Halloween, The Thing, and The Fog, remaining present in the mainstream eye today. His contribution to the film world has been legendary, a point proven when he was recently interviewed for Robert Rodriguez’s The Director’s Chair on the El Rey Network to discuss his impact on the slasher and sci-fi genres, as well as his influence on fellow filmmakers. Though many filmgoers have enjoyed Carpenter’s biggest hits, some readers may not realize that Carpenter has contributed much more to the film industry than a few horror films, including many bizarre horror and sci-fi genre films. A few of these films have reached cult status, but there are still plenty which deserve increased recognition and remain underrated today:
Dark Star: An interesting and somewhat humorous film following a team of astronauts who are sent to space to help in colonizing other planets. Along the way, the astronauts are faced with alien life forms that resemble beach balls, "god like" machinery with a conscious, and space junk. The astronauts face such a large number challenges on their journey that even their own minds become an obstacle to overcome.
Assault on Precinct 13: One of Carpenter's earlier releases, this film centers on a group of police officers who find themselves trapped in their own precinct building, surrounded by gang members who are willing to do anything to extract revenge.
In The Mouth of Madness: This film centers on a couple who find themselves in a deserted town after a boat of theirs crashes. The man, John Trent, an investigative journalist, also discovers a well-known horror author has also gone missing from the location. In attempt to find the missing author, John also stumbles upon more evil than he could have ever imagined.
John Carpenter is still considered one of Hollywood’s most talented directors, despite only making one film in the last 13 years (The Ward), it has hardly diminished his continued impact and influence across the film world. A resurgence of his work might in fact be just what the horror and sci-fi world is in need of. Luckily for horror and sci-fi lovers, Carpenter no doubt greatly affected the many filmmakers who viewed his films in their youth, and so will continue being a much homaged director for years to come.