• MadVinnie22

    ★★★★ Rewatched by MadVinnie22 26 Jul, 2014

    I have a lot of love for this movie, but I can totally see where some people hate it. It can be super confusing... lots of talk about theoretical physics and religious theory. It also has a slow pace that can bother some people. Both of those factors are what really make me love this film.

    The pace (and the score), totally remind me of The Thing, also directed by Carpenter. The music is simple, but haunting, and persistent in…


  • mattthephotoman

    ★★★½ Added by mattthephotoman

    I've watched this now several times and I still have no idea what's going on. It's great 80's carpenter fun though and always very watchable.


  • karamashi

    ★★★½ Added by karamashi

    Might be Carpenter's most conceptually accomplished and masterful works, but the film sadly doesn't go into the gonzo hour. I dug the score, the radio transmission dream sequences, science/techonology vs. evil theme, and inter-dimensional gateways via mirror. The characters are all pretty much forgettable with the exception of the always convincing Donald Pleasance. It feels like minor key Carpenter though everyone else seems to read it as one of his better films(I will certainly have to give it a rewatch).


  • Jesse412

    ★★½ Added by Jesse412

    Not my favorite John Carpenter movie but some of the casting is pretty good especially Donald Pleasence and a surprisingly good performance from Alice Cooper. While I find the characters uninteresting the film is able to deliver on the creepy factor. There are some disgusting uses of live insects, a really cool special effect on the canister and a couple solid kills. I think the idea that Satan was an alien is kind of interesting as well.


  • Daniel Rodriguez

    ★★★★ Watched by Daniel Rodriguez 28 Jul, 2014

    Carpenter once more plays with the limits of reality, pushing the boundaries of science and religion as a group of researchers have to stop the ascension of pure evil on earth. The movie is excellent as one can expect from a horror movie from the Master of Horror John Carpenter, but it wasn't as good as The Thing or In the Mouth of Madness, which is far from demerit, as those two figure in the best horror movies of all time in my opinion.

    Special mention to the once again remarkable synth soundtrack by Carpenter, which is the music style I've been listening the most recently.


  • DUH

    ★★★★ Watched by DUH 20 Jul, 2014

    Has anyone seen Susan?
    Radiologist. Glasses.

    rinse and repeat.....


  • Jerry Downing

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Jerry Downing 19 Jul, 2014

    Connection to previous movie - Donald Pleasence

    This one of Carpenter's movies that didn't quite click with me when I first saw it. I really like it now and it grows on me more each time I see it.


  • Jimmy Jones

    ★★½ Added by Jimmy Jones

    This movie promises a lot, but only seems to deliver a little of it. I thought I had seen most of Carpenter's best, but I wanted to try out some of his later work based on word of mouth. This one definitely didn't do it for me; while it shared a lot of stylistic elements and even some actors from his earlier films, the overall story seemed laughable in a bad way and the characters were often brainless beyond belief.…


  • rewatchvalue

    ★★★ Rewatched by rewatchvalue 06 Jul, 2014

    This is one of apocalypse trilogy's weakest films. The story is nothing new you haven't seen before. The characters are not developed enough but where John Carpenter never fails to deliver is the prosthetics. There is a transformation scene that makes my skin crawl everytime.


  • Tyler Featherstone

    ★★★½ Watched by Tyler Featherstone 02 Jul, 2014

    The only fault I found with this flick was a lack of interest in the characters. The story was good and the effects, although cheap at times, weren't that bad - but I just did not care for any of the characters, other than Donald Pleasence and Victor Wong, which wasn't enough to carry the film.

    An old relic, a jar with a swirling green cloud in it, is found in the basement of a church and a team of…


  • Michael Buice

    ★★★★ Watched by Michael Buice 01 Jul, 2014

    The aesthetic of '80s arts and entertainment carries with it a certain cheesiness that is understandable if you see how poorly much of it has aged. It's hard to hear a song or see an image from the decade and mistake it for any other time period; there's a very of-the-moment feel to it all. And as dated as it may seem, the look and feel perfectly complement what John Carpenter was doing at the time. I don't think it's…


  • fieldmouse

    ★★★★ Watched by fieldmouse 01 Jul, 2014

    Where to start? I really liked this one a lot. It's so pregnant with wonderful ideas and imagery.

    But first the direction/camera: I have this sense that Carpenter's later stuff gets to be a bit mechanical (workmanlike maybe is a better term). Seeing BIG TROUBLE and HALLOWEEN recently kind of brings this home. HALLOWEEN's camera had a great deal of vitality. It was always moving and opening up space. The opening scenes in particular with those wide "Illinois" streets.