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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