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Greg McPhee
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Posted: November 06 2018 at 12:47pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Carpenter did try and stretch himself, and came up with an interesting misfire with PRINCE OF DARKNESS. That was made out of his dealing with studios and the box office failure of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA.
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I came to really like Prince of Darkness after feeling lukewarm towards it on the first couple of watches. It's got this very weird unsettling atmosphere, that I dig!
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I like PRINCE OF DARKNESS for the reasons you mention, Richard. Where I feel it misfired was Carpenter seemed to cram so much in to too little space to really give a lot of great ideas the presentation they needed. 

I mean off the top of my head there were ideas about the anti-matter universe, Satan, Anti-God, messages from the future fired to the past via dreams, an end of the world scenario, and a zombie movie (also a bit of borrowing people under siege from ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13).

It is ambitious in its approach.
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PRINCE OF DARKNESS freaked me out pretty good when first viewed about 30 years ago. Maybe I've subconsciously been avoiding it since.
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It still amazes me that both THE THING and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA were critical and commercial flops. Two of Carpenter’s best, and two of my all-time favorites. 
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It would certainly be interesting to view Carpenter's career trajectory in the alternative universe where those films were hits.

Both of those films must have raked in quite a few bucks by now though, shame they didn't resonate more at the time.
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Slight thread drift, there is a BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA/ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK crossover trade:

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I know there were some BIG TROUBLE sequel comics, a few years back, but I haven't checked 'em out.
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My son, falling victim to my influence of BIG TROUBLE and Snake Plissken, got TPB's of the 2014 sequel comics, and the ESCAPE FROM FLORIDA story line.
Of course I had to give them a read. Both were fun, high marks for the Snake story!
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THEY LIVE is definitely a favorite of mine. Can't really add anything new to what's already been said about it. 

And I can't help but think that a remake/reimagining/reboot/whatever the "R" word is could really reflect Trump's regime well.

If it happened, I think I'd like to see Josh Brolin and Idris Elba take over the Roddy Piper and Keith David roles.
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I really liked They Live. The wrestling moves fight scene is my least favorite part. It goes on too long. But the concept is cool, and there's real drama as to whether or not he'll pull off the goal of exposing the aliens.

I didn't like Big Trouble in Little China at all. Never seen the other movies.
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