So is time for another chapter of this John Carpenter's Project brogue to you by me, and i'm grateful for this comments:
Hated the Halloween remake, probably because the original is one of my favourite horror films ever, and is pretty close to being a masterpiece in the genre. Halloween II is legit one of the worst things I've ever had to sit through though.
On topic: will probably try and make a habit of watching more films over the next couple of weeks. Saw Halloween last night with a mate and it was still as captivating, dramatic and engrossing as ever. The score, pacing and cinematography is just astounding in every shot we get of Michael.
Because this time we're going into:
This is the first big hit in the office department for the man, and such a hit because is also regarded as the first take into the Slasher genre with Texas Chainsaw Massacre
, but the reality is that this two are very different films, in spirit, theme and style.
I'm been talking severly about the big Hawks influence in Carpenter's cinema, this means, people being threatened by evil or unknown forces, wich in Carpenter is also a way to break the moral codes of the people, so his cinema is highly politically incorrect like we see in Assault on Precinct 13
, at the end of the day there is no good or bad, just people doing what they think is right for them
And this time there is no difference, the idea is that you have this cold, faceless and dangerous murder that has no reason to kill at all, just murder for fun, for pleasure or for whatever reason you want to. And this murderer stalk people endessly, appear from nowhere and is almost immortal. So who te fuck he is? what are his motivations? and most important who can stop him? And the thing is, we don't know any of the answers and in reality there isn't important to known them.
Michael Myers is this monster forze that threatens people, but in a world like the one we live everyone can be Michael Myers, he is no one and all of us at the same time and that is the reason we saw with his eyes in his first murder (and the most important one), then Carpenter put us out of his eyes and what we saw is a little inoffensive child that had kill his sister without remorse.
So this movie put again this idea of a unstoppable forze against a group of people, but this time the forze is the evil himself, and the evil is just a man, a forze in the body and shape of a man, before we got this idea but from an entire goup of people without face or name, this time we got the name, we got the face, but he seems to be just a void of life. This is the reason why Michael seems to be in everyplace and is almost immortal, because at the end you can't stop the evil. But this is the important idea, again, the evil himself is still just a man, so this is probably the most "realist" movie from Carpenter's Career.
And this realistic approach needs to be psicological, needs to be ascetic and needs to be sober. So Carpenter follow his other influence, the Ford one, while thematically Carpenter seems to be re-reading Hawks constanstly, his filming approach is basically Ford, The Camera is always in the ground, so no stupid fancy shit like cranes or aerial shot to be epic because seems "cool", the camera needs to be at the high of the Characters and never in other place. Putting the camera above the characters will be put yourself about them, try to be omniscent when you're not, we don't know understand nothing about what's happening, just see people get killed. This dissection is what we get from Loomis, he only function seems to explain Michael and the more we listen to Loomis the more we understand that at the end he is not a "he", is a "it", and is also what we get from all the stalk previous from the carnage.
This is another important idea from the movie, every place were the evil has been (Or Michael, is the same) is infected, so he domain that space, and that is why he can appear where he fucking want, that is why at the end Michael dissapear and you see different shots from the house. he is not there like a fisic figure, but he is in all that places, the evil is more strong at the end and there is no place to run.
This seems to be the conclusión for all the Carpenter filmography and probably we will see how he radicalize this idea latter in the 90's so the characters will not take shortcuts, his critic is in the heart and follow the last consecuences and that is why he is so fucking good at what he does and doesn't care about what you think, for him we all are part of the same problem.
Special mention again for the music, an element that is always great in his movies and the photography, wich increase the realistic element and take clearly definition.
Next Movie: Elvis (Tv Film)
1- Assault on Precint 13
3- Dar Star