Film Junk Premium Podcast #48: John Carpenter: Part 2

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I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum. The release of John Carpenter’s new album Lost Themes II has given us an extremely loose tie-in for our second dive back into the horror master’s varied filmography. This time around, we are focusing on his sci-fi and action films as opposed to the scary stuff (yes, Frank is breathing a sigh of relief). The line-up includes Assault on Precinct 13, Big Trouble in Little China, Escape from New York and Escape from L.A. plus Starman, They Live, Village of the Damned and Ghosts of Mars. That’s a lot of bang for your buck, and truth be told, Jay’s Lo Pan impression is probably worth the price of admission alone. So is John Carpenter’s obsession with macho anti-heroes a strength or a weakness? Why wasn’t Big Trouble in Little China a massive hit back in 1986? Is Escape from L.A. a complete misfire or just misunderstood? Put on the glasses and download this month’s premium podcast below.

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  • Stinker

    Great, but when will Harry make your day? Hope Eastwood is still alive to listen to it……..if he listen to podcasts. PPPLLLLLEEEEEaaaaaaSSSEEE!!::!!!::!!::!!::!!::!!::!!::!!::!!

  • Andrija

    Once again, Frank is trying to conceal his mental inferiority by making fun of Sean when he’s trying to analyze JC’s subtle symbolism.

    Thanks for another great premium guys!

  • Lori Cerny

    Wonderful! Thank you, All.

  • schizopolis

    Thanks! Already starting my Carpenter weekend. Perfect excuse to finally watch Assault on Precinct 13. Really dug it! Laurie Zimmer stole the movie.

  • Samb

    Frank with the seamless cross-pod cred-boosting reference to the Movie Review Show was pretty sweet.

  • Sam

    “De-fine Cho-load”

    Sounds like a task for the Film Junk Glossary!

  • Sam

    This has to be one of the best premiums. Jay’s unending quoting of Big Trouble in Little China and especially They Live, his rendition of the Coup DeVilles, tit shot…great stuff

  • Sean

    Thanks Sam. It was a fun one to record as well.

  • traynor

    This is amazing.

  • traynor

    I wanted Vanilla Twist!

  • Sam

    Definitely sounded like it. Probably the most Frank has ever laughed outside of “Honeybun”. Thanks guys.

  • Carlos Gonzalez

    This premium has been wrapped in some kind of candy floss packaging. I’m convinced they COLORIZED IT.
    Why else would I be enjoying it so much?

  • Taylor Gaston Wyatt

    Wow, this was so great!

  • Nobody

    Escape from LA’s CG always looked horrendous.

    The Crow: City of Angels soundtrack is great. Frank should do a bonus episode on the ’90s/early ’00s rock music he listened to.

  • LordAwesome

    The BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA segment is top tier FilmJunk.

  • Sean

    Not sure I can take credit for most of it but I’ll say thanks anyway. When Lord Awesome says something nice, it must be good!