John Carpenter’s Anthology Tour – Montreal – Nov. 13. Mtelus – Review

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for Cinetalk.net

John Carpenter, the mastermind behind horror and Sci-fi classics such as Halloween (1978), The Thing (1982) and Prince of Darkness (1987) is on tour. The Cult director/ soundtrack Composer is recognized as this famous director who’s scoring his pictures himself. So he is touring to play some music.

From 1974’s Dark Star, his feature debut, to 2001’s Ghost of Mars, Carpenter composed the music to all his theatrical movies (the 1970’s and 80’s soundtracks were produced in association with Alan Howarth) except for Starman (1984, music by Jack Nitzsche) and The Thing (1982, Music by Ennio Morricone with partial overdubs by Carpenter and Howarth).

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In the Live version, things start roundly with a pretty good rendering of the theme to Carpenter’s Sci-fi Adventure, Escape from NY (1981), one of his best. Accompanied by a quintet, with his son Cody,  also on keyboards just like dad,  the director leads the show (his gear is set at the front) with a quiet but strong presence. A little technical snag?  No problems, he’ll talk to the audience like they are old buddies. They were already captured anyway. When the first notes of the theme to Continue reading

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