“The Thing” and I: Director John Carpenter’s sci-fi/horror classic turns 40…

******SAUCER-SIZED SPOILERS!!****** “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell Where to start, but at the beginning; “The Thing” first thawed as the novella “Who Goes There?”, written in 1938 by John W. Campbell. It involved a group of Antarctic researchers who discover a spaceship frozen in ice for millions of years. Attempting to remove it…

“They Live” (1988); John Carpenter’s most political film is also one of his most underrated…

*****SPOILERS AHEAD!!***** Writer/director/musician John Carpenter is arguably most famous for 1978’s “Halloween” and 1982’s “The Thing,” but in 1988 he crafted a clever social/political satire called “They Live,” that went largely unnoticed upon its initial release. I’ll admit, even I didn’t see the movie until I rented it on laserdisc (yes, I’m that old) sometime…

Halloween in February: ‘CreepIEcon 2022’ comes to SoCal’s Inland Empire…

“Welcome To My Nightmare…” This past weekend, during a sunny but windy Southern California February, my favorite holiday of Halloween briefly returned to the month of Valentine’s Day. Long delayed due to the COVID pandemic, CreepIEcon 2022 (the “i” and “e” emphasized for “Inland Empire”) finally reached the Ontario Convention Center in the San Bernardino…