The John Carpentcast

A weekly film discussion podcast where hosts Nicholas Edward Jones and Christopher R. Smith talk through the filmography of director John Carpenter.
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Dec 16, 2016
Episode Thirteen: They Live (1988)

We've got two guests this week on The John Carpentcast, video game podcaster Brian Cartwright and comedian Scott Gesser join Nick and Chris to talk about a different kind of Carpenter film - a hard-hitting, ahead of its time documentary about this brave new world and the media-manipulating, skull-faced aliens in it. It's Carpenter's cult classic sci-fi satire They Live. Tune in, this episode is gonna be tremendous.

Dec 8, 2016
Episode Twelve: Prince of Darkness (1987)

Film critic Bill Pierce returns to The John Carpentcast to pop open a can of liquid Satan with Nick and Chris as we discuss Carpenter's 1987 supernatural thriller Prince of Darkness. Join us for some vintage 80s pseudo-scientific demonic mayhem. And bear in mind that certain comments are made for the purposes of humor/satire and do not necessarily reflect the actual opinions of The John Carpentercast or its hosts.

(Our legal department made us add that last part.)

Dec 3, 2016
Episode Eleven: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

It's a supernatural martial arts shoot-em-up action fantasy comedy modern-western. It shouldn't work - but if you love whacked-out 80s cult movies, you'll love every nutty minute. This week, author and film critic Hal C.F. Astell of Apocalypse Later returns to the show to talk with Nick and Chris about Carpenter's 1986 genre-bending masterpiece Big Trouble in Little China.

Nov 25, 2016
Episode Ten: Starman (1984)

Previously on this show, we've talked masked maniacs, dystopian prison colonies, and killer cars - but with all the chaos in the world and the holidays approaching (shudder), why not take a detour toward a gentler side of John Carpenter. This week, Nick and Chris are joined by actress Chelsea Claire to talk about Carpenter's 1984 sci-fi romance Starman. Don't worry, we'll get back to the violence and mayhem next week.

Nov 18, 2016
Episode Nine: Christine (1983)

This week, Nick and Chris are joined by Matthew Robinson of Dark of the Matinee to talk about Carpenter's 1983 film Christine - a simple story of a boy and his evil sentient car. In this one, horror powerhouses John Carpenter and Stephen King team up for one of the nuttier projects for both of them. Does it hold up? Tune in to find out.


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Nov 11, 2016
Episode Eight: The Thing (1982)

This week on The John Carpentcast, Nick and Chris will brave the cold and isolation of the Antarctic along with artist/musician Derk Harron to talk about Carpenter's 1982 sci-fi/horror masterpiece The Thing. Fans have debated for decades about the film's cryptic ending - but we'd really like to hear from you. Is it MacReady or Childs? Neither? Both? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.


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Nov 4, 2016
Episode Seven: Escape from New York (1981)

This week, Dr. Diabolic himself Jeremiah Wilkerson and Heather Lynn Henderson join Nick and Chris for a trip to the Big Apple circa 1997 - you know, when the isle of Manhattan was a dystopian prison colony. It's Carpenter's cult classic 1981 sci-fi action-thriller Escape from New York. Just keep an eye on those floorboards, word is the Crazies are out tonight. Join us in a few weeks, when we'll be revisiting the sequel, Escape from L.A., and... we'll see what happens.


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Oct 28, 2016
Episode Six: The Fog (1980)

Something eerie approaches from the horizon as Cecil Laird of The Horror Show podcast joins Nick and Chris to talk about Carpenter's 1980 chiller The Fog. Lock your doors, shutter your windows, and pour yourself a drink stiff enough for a priest with a dark secret.


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Oct 21, 2016
Episode 5B: Elvis, Part 2 (1979)

Our humble hero from Tupelo, Mississippi has finally achieved his dreams of music stardom. But will fame and fortune change the boy? Things end up turning out alright for this guy, right? Liz Bradley is back with Nick and Chris for the thrilling conclusion of Carpenter's 1979 TV mini-series Elvis.


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Oct 14, 2016
Episode 5A: Elvis, Part 1 (1979)

Liz Bradley returns to The John Carpentcast for Part 1 of Elvis. This ABC mini-series was big event television in 1979, and stars Kurt Russell as the titular King and Shelly Winters as his doting mama. Grab a fried peanut butter-banana sandwich and some amphetamines and hear the tale of the man and his music. Join us next week for Part 2.


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Oct 7, 2016
Episode Four: Someone's Watching Me! (1978)

This week, Nick and Chris are joined by author and film critic Hal C.F. Astell from the Apocalypse Later movie blog. The film is a John Carpenter rarity, Someone's Watching Me!, the 1978 made-for-TV Hitchcockian psycho-thriller, which was widely unavailable to audiences until 2007. Turn down the lights and make sure you're comfortable behind your telescope to join us for Carpenter's first foray onto the small screen.


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Sep 29, 2016
Episode Three: Halloween (1978)

This week on The John Carpentcast, Nick and Chris are joined by actor/producer Elizabeth Erin Manning to talk about John Carpenter's 1978 game-changing horror masterpiece Halloween. It's almost that special time of year, why not turn down the lights and kick it off right?


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Sep 22, 2016
Episode Two: Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
This week, on episode two of The John Carpentcast, Nick and Chris are joined by film critic Bill Pierce to talk about John Carpenter's 1976 shoot-em-up action-thriller Assault on Precinct 13.

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Sep 3, 2016
Episode One: Dark Star (1973)
This week, on our very first episode of The John Carpentcast, Nick and Chris are joined by Liz Bradley to talk about John Carpenter's 1973 sci-fi comedy Dark Star. It was Carpenter's first feature film as a director, and this was our first recorded episode of the show - so you'll have to excuse them both for being a little rough, but hopefully you'll still have a good time.
Here is a link to Dark Star on Blu-Ray, if you haven't seen it yet:  
"Benson, Arizona"
1968 Apollo 8 Crew Reading 'Genesis' on Christmas



The Dollop - Rainbow Man


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