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Film Series

John Carpenter: Master of Fear

 
 
Feb 5—Feb 22, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
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"One of the greatest horror directors of all time."
The New York Times

Renegade auteur John Carpenter injects B-movie genres—horror, sci-fi, action—with the bravura stylistic technique of classical Hollywood giants like Howard Hawks and John Ford. Boasting “one of the most consistent and coherent bodies of work in modern cinema” (Kent Jones, Film Comment), Carpenter delivers thrills with his mastery of the widescreen frame, instantly recognizable synthesizer scores, and defiantly anti-establishment attitude.

In conjunction with the upcoming release of his first solo album Lost Themes (Sacred Bones Records), BAM presents a tribute to the legendary director with a rare in-person conversation, a full-career film retrospective, and a selection of his favorite film scores.


 
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PAST EVENTS
Talks
John Carpenter: Lost Themes
 

The director of Halloween and The Thing joins Brooke Gladstone in conversation.

Thu, Feb 5, 2015
 
 
Canceled
 
Film
Halloween
 

Carpenter’s ultra-influential breakout hit introduced the world to masked maniac Michael Myers.

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
 
 
Film
The Thing
 

John Carpenter’s spine-tingling, nightmarish revision of Howard Hawks’ sci-fi thriller.

Feb 7—Feb 8, 2015
 
 
Film
The Fog
 

A supernatural fog sweeps in to a small seaside town in this underrated chill-fest.

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
 
 
Film
In the Mouth of Madness
 

Sam Neill stars in the capstone of John Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy.

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
 
 
Film
Memoirs of an Invisible Man
 

Chevy Chase is an invisible stock analyst on the run in Carpenter’s sci-fi comedy.

Tue, Feb 10, 2015
 
 
Film
Prince of Darkness
 

Carpenter's “most underrated, possibly best feature” (Slant) is this atmospheric chiller.

Wed, Feb 11, 2015
 
 
Film
Dark Star
 

A group of astronauts must stop a self-aware bomb from blowing them up in this funny flick.

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
 
 
Film
Big Trouble in Little China
 

Kurt Russell infiltrates San Francisco’s Chinatown in Carpenter’s breathless kung-fu spectacle.

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
 
 
Film
Assault on Precinct 13
 

A street gang terrorizes an LA police station in Carpenter’s lean, mean second feature.

Sun, Feb 15, 2015
 
 
Film
Christine
 

Carpenter’s sleek horror joyride is one of the all-time best Stephen King adaptations.

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
 
 
Film
Vampires
 

A vampire slayer (James Woods) battles bloodsucking baddies in this horror-western hybrid.

Feb 17—Feb 18, 2015
 
 
Film
Village of the Damned
 

Telepathic demon-children terrorize a small town in this remake of the 1960 classic.

Wed, Feb 18, 2015
 
 
Film
The Ward
 

A teenage pyromaniac is confined to an ominous asylum in this nerve-jangling thriller.

Thu, Feb 19, 2015
 
 
Film
Ghosts of Mars
 

A phantom force turns victims into goth-like zombies in Carpenter’s pulp sci-fi shoot-em-up.

Thu, Feb 19, 2015
 
 
Film
They Live
 

Yuppie aliens brainwash America in this anti-establishment classic.

Fri, Feb 20, 2015
 
 
Film
Escape from New York
 

Manhattan is transformed into a floating cesspool in this classic dystopian thriller.

Sat, Feb 21, 2015
 
 
Film
Escape from L.A.
 

An eye-patch-sporting antihero (Kurt Russell) goes on a mission through a post-apocalyptic L.A.

Sat, Feb 21, 2015
 
 
Film
Starman
 

An Oscar-nominated Jeff Bridges stars as a genial alien in Carpenter’s sci-fi romance.

Sun, Feb 22, 2015
 
 
Film
Straw Dogs
 

Dustin Hoffman stars in Sam Peckinpah’s dissection of masculinity and marital strife.

Sun, Feb 15, 2015
 
 
Film
Sorcerer
 

Tangerine Dream’s electronic score heightens the dread in William Friedkin’s masterpiece.

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
 
 
Film
Forbidden Planet
 

This inventive, big-budget sci-film features the first completely electronic film score.

Tue, Feb 17, 2015