John Carpenter’s LA Gothic: Casting Has Begun


Am I excited? Yes. After all, John Carpenter is probably my favourite director of all time. So you can imagine the joy building up inside thanks to news that J.C. is about to end his seven year feature film hiatus. That’s right, Mr.Carpenter has finally decided to take a break from playing video games, watching basketball and cashing in on remakes of his previous films. His first feature film project since 2001’s Ghosts of Mars (which I loved) is titled ‘LA Gothic’, and apparently casting has begun. Here’s a short synopsis from Shock Till You Drop:

Five interwoven stories of high-octane horror centering on a vengeful ex-priest’s efforts to protect his teenage daughter from the supernatural evils of L.A.’s dark side.

The first sign of good news? Los Angeles. Some of Carpenter’s best films are set in LA/California; They Live, Prince of Darkness, Big Trouble in Little China (San Fransisco), and of course…Escape From LA!!! The second sign of good news; ‘vengeful ex-priest’. ‘Nuff said. The last piece of good news; the log line reads like pure, unbridled exploitation with some supernatural elements thrown in for good measure. Definitely something Carpenter excels at.

The film will be written by Jim Agnew and Sean Keller and shooting begins in March. Stay tuned!


  • Nemesis

    Great news, at last a horror movie to look forward too from one of the true ‘masters’ of horror.
    If he could incorporate some of the themes of Prince Of Darkness and the entertainment of Escape from L.A he could be onto a winner.

  • I’m certainly ready for this. Ghosts of Mars is one of the few Carpenter films that I didn’t like so much and I’m ready to finally have that bad taste washed from my mouth with another quality piece of J.C. goodness. My fingers are officially crossed that Kurt Russell will find his way into the cast somehow.

  • Killerkane

    Just what horror cinema needs right now, a old skool master to show these young wipper snappers that gore aint the be all and end all. Yes he’s been off his game of late, but even the bad ones become guilty pleasues so what the hell (apart from Village of the Damned of course).

  • Matt

    Hopefully it will be out in time for me to study it in school.
    An MA thesis about JC? Ah yeah!

  • I just realized that John Carpenter, Jay Cheel, and Jesus Christ all have the same initials. Coincidence? I think not.

  • Wait untill Mr. Cheel is 33 years old and the references will be overflowing to a point that will make your ears bleed. With real red blood, not some fake movie shit todumb down the rating!

    Unless you’re not religious, in that case this might all be a coincidence. But I for one refuse to belive that something THIS CONVENIENT could ever be a coincidence. Of course there was a spaghetti baggy behind this.

  • Primal

    Jay needs to also smoke a lot of weed and have some ex-wives to be like Carpenter.

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