John Carpenter is a legend in the world of horror films. He has been fondly called the "King of Horror" for his movies that promise to keep you up all night. It is, however, a real shame he never got proper respect from Hollywood elites.
John Carpenter was born in 1948 in New York. As a young boy, he found profound interest in music and films. Howard Hawks, the classic era Western film mogul, inspired Carpenter to a great extent. Reciprocally, contemporary filmmakers, including the likes of Quentin Tarantino, frequently borrow elements from Carpenter.
These John Carpenter essentials are bone chilling and have stood the test of time. If you have already watched them, be proud of yourself.
1. Halloween (1978)
Michael Myers is a six-year-old boy who kills his sister and her lover on the night of Halloween in 1963. Little Michael must have lost his sanity. He was confined in a mental asylum for 15 years until one night when he escaped the secured facility. Years later, a 21-year-old Michael puts on a strange mask, grabs a knife and goes on a serial killing spree. His primary target is teenage babysitters.
2. The Thing (1982)
The whole movie takes place in a desolate scientific facility in Antarctica. During an exploration, a group of Americans come across a Norwegian research station. The Americans sense something bad has happened to the Europeans. They come back to their base with some evidence of an otherworldly life form. Soon, paranoia engulfs them.
3. They Live (1988)
A construction worker discovers a pair of cryptic sunglasses. The glasses give him the ability to unlock an unspeakable truth - an alien race is hiding under human flesh and directing the government. The ruling class in the society are nothing but masquerading aliens.
4. The Fog (1980)
Antonio Bay, a fictional coastal town, is ready to celebrate its 100th anniversary. But the festivity turns into a nightmare when horrible incidents happen at midnight. The coastal city gets engulfed by a layer of ghastly fog. A gang of pirates come back from the dead to take revenge for having been brutally betrayed a century ago.
5. Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
A Los Angeles police station is due to be shut down for relocation. But things take a drastic turn when a ruthless gang of criminals surround the precinct and cut them off from the rest of the world. The cops once ambushed the same gang and now the culprits are back to take revenge. Lawmakers and inmates of the police station team up to fight the battle for survival.