Its been some time since horror director John Carpenterhas released a film thats been worthwhile. Has he lost his touch, or is something else bothering his process? Were not sure, but we have to give Carpenter a pass for terrible films like Ghosts of Mars and Vampires,and even that insipid Masters of Horrorepisode Pro Life. (His first MoHepisode, Cigarette Burns was actually great, though.) Why? The dudes tenured. Check out the evidence: Big Trouble in Little China was the best thing to happen to kung fu flicks since Crippled Masters. The Thing was a lesson in how to shoot a badass sci-fi/horror movie. And then theres In the Mouth of Madness,maybe his best film ever. When an insurance agent (Sam Neill) goes looking for a missing writer in the surreal town of Hobbs End, he stumbles into a twisted world where humanity has been warped by fiction. Whats great about the film is its a true psychological horror you never know precisely what the hell is real and what isnt.
Now you can relive Carpenters halcyon days, because In the Mouth of Madnessis screening as part of Late Night Horror Flicks at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale). The month-long series will showcase one classic horror movie each Thursday at 10 p.m. On the docket are Frailty, Slither, and The Cellar Door, a South Florida premiere. Ticket prices are just $5 for each film. Call 954-525-34556, or visit www.fliff.com.
Thu., Feb. 7, 2008