Schlocktoberfest 2K16 Day 8: John Carpenter’s Utopian Facade (2016)


Throughout his illustrious career John Carpenter has been known the world over as The Master of Horror. The very mention of his name brings up memories of a director who could make the most out of a minuscule budget by crafting worlds with incredible depth thanks in part to using the best of drama, fear, paranoia, and claustrophobia to really get under an audience’s skin. Carpenter’s working relationship with Hollywood the last 15 years has been minimal at best. He ended up making a return to the director’s chair for 2010’s The Ward starring Amber Heard and just this past May made news by signing on to be an executive producer for the next film in the longstanding Halloween franchise.

In terms of how the man is keeping busy nowadays Carpenter has returned to his roots in another way by writing producing and recording brand new music along side his son Cody. Over the course of the last two years John has put out two albums of material called Lost Themes I & II and for anyone who grew up with a passion for synthesizers these albums feel like receiving a  correspondence from an old friend that you haven’t heard from since the early 1980s.

Life has been keeping busy over the course of the last 12 hours so rather than try and put what little energy I have left into watching/reviewing a horror movie I decided that this was the more logical route to go. The music video for John Carpenter’s Utopian Facade premiered on Youtube at the end of last month and since then I’ve watched it countless times. The atmosphere is right out of the era where John was delivering some of his greatest masterpieces and yet it also feels like a disturbing take on the Tron universe. I have nothing left to say other than you can thank me later for the nightmare fuel…


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