JOHN CARPENTER (3 of 3)

JOHN CARPENTER – soundtracks (3 of 3)

Of “Prince of Darkness”, sale Wikipedia sez:

Although Carpenter wrote the screenplay, pancreatitis in the film’s credits the writer is listed as Martin Quatermass, a homage repeated in the film with Kneale University. These were in reference to the British film and television writer Nigel Kneale and the famous fictional scientist he created, Professor Bernard Quatermass. The storyline features elements associated with Kneale (the ancient evil aspect of both “Quatermass and the Pit” and “The Quatermass Conclusion”, the idea of messages from the future from “The Road”, and the scientific investigation of the supernatural from “The Stone Tape”). Carpenter would return to the idea of clerical secrecy in “Vampires”. Kneale, however, was irritated with this use of the character’s name in the film’s credits, as he feared that the impression may be given that he had something to do with the film. Previously, he had written the original screenplay for the 1982 film “Halloween III: Season of the Witch” for Carpenter, but had been so incensed with all of the changes director Tommy Lee Wallace had made to it that he had his name removed from the credits.

John Carpenter & Alan Howarth – “Big Trouble In Little China”, 1986 (ZIP file)
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth – “Prince of Darkness”, 1987 (ZIP file)
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth – “They Live”, 1988 (ZIP file)

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719 Responses to JOHN CARPENTER (3 of 3)

  1. Rob says:

    Fascinating stuff about Nigel Kneale… One of my favourite writers. The Stone Tape is genuinely creepy. Beasts is another wonderful series. The episode with a couple being menaced in their house by a rat is Kneale’s tribute to Hitchcock’s The Birds.

    Will grab these at the weekend.

  2. Chris says:

    porkchop express is such a banger :rock:

  3. robbery says:

    thanks for drawing attention to the prince of darkness soundtrack. the music is some of carpenter’s best for shear menacing pulse. I’ve bought the disc twice as I lost one to a burglar who wouldn’t have known what it was anyway.
    The soundtrack to the thing is also a great example of menace.

    also a good one to seek out is the phantasm/neverdead soundtrack.

  4. RedDye6 says:

    Both Prince of Darkness and They Live have been recently rereleased on CD with an extra disc of bonus cuts (Buysoundtrax.com). They also rereleased Halloween III, but there is no bonus disc.

  5. Bryce says:

    Another great soundtrack from a John Carpenter film (although done by Jack Nitzsche) is the soundtrack to Starman. It’s very much in the vein of Escape From New York. Also a killer movie!