John Carpenter Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)


Angell, Roger. Review of The Fog, by John Carpenter. New Yorker 56, no. 1 (25 February 1980): 115–16.

Angell comments that the plot of The Fog is nonsensical and the film is not as scary or effective as Halloween.

Carpenter, John, and Todd McCarthy. “Trick and Treat.” Film Comment 16, no. 1 (January–February 1980): 17–24.

Carpenter discusses his experiences in film school, his musical compositions, and his body of work.

Corliss, Richard. “Making You Scream, for Art's Sake.” Maclean's 93, no. 6 (11 February 1980): 52–53.

Corliss describes The Fog as a funny, scary ghost story with an original visual style.

Jones, Kent. “John Carpenter American Movie Classic.” Film Comment 35, no. 1 (January 1999): 26.

Jones argues that Carpenter deserves recognition as a great genre filmmaker.

Kael, Pauline. Review of Starman, by John Carpenter. New Yorker 60, no. 50 (28 January 1985): 88–89.

Kael criticizes Starman for being overly simplistic and sentimental.

Lane, Anthony. “Scare Tactics.” New Yorker 70, no. 49 (13 February 1995): 92–93.

Lane comments that In the Mouth of Madness is an unoriginal treatment of the theme of reality vs. imagination.

O'Toole, Lawrence. “Who Knows What Evil Lurks in Dark Suburbs?” Maclean's 92, no. 6 (5 February 1979): 47.

O'Toole dismisses Halloween as an inane and unoriginal film.

———. “A Delicious and Dreadful Detention.” Maclean's 94, no. 28 (13 July 1981): 48–49.

O'Toole asserts that Escape from New York is Carpenter's most “satisfying” film so far, and observes that the character of Snake Plissken represents a new kind of film hero.

———. “Breakfast in Antarctica.” Maclean's 95, no. 26 (28 June 1982): 58.

O'Toole argues that The Thing is Carpenter's masterpiece, describing the film as well-crafted and “extraordinarily frightening.”

Villareal, Phil. “Ghosts of Mars Is a Bomb: Martians Would Hate It, Too.” Arizona Daily Star (24 August 2001): F20.

Villareal comments that Ghosts of Mars is one of Carpenter's worst films, commenting that it consists of “putrid dialogue, bad special effects, and an idiotic story.”

Wells, Jeffrey. Review of Halloween, by John Carpenter. Films in Review 30 (March 1979): 182–83.

Wells comments that Halloween succeeds at providing horror and suspense, but also argues that the film is unoriginal and borrows all of its ideas from previous films.

Additional coverage of Carpenter's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Vol. 2; Contemporary Authors, Vol. 134; Literature Resource Center; and Something about the Author, Vol. 58.