This week, Nick and Chris take an ill-fated trip to the Red Planet circa 2176 - a hostile world full of blazing machine guns and sort-of ghosts or alien viruses or something. It's John Carpenter's shoot-em-up sci-fi action horror western Ghosts of Mars. One of (if not the) most maligned films of his career, it even made the legendary director hang up his rust-dusted spurs for almost a full decade before finally giving up the... ghost for good. Is it really as bad as we remember it? Tune in to find out.
As The John Carpentcast barrels toward it's inevitable conclusion, Nick and Chris take a look at the 1998 bloodsucking horror-western hybrid Vampires, starring that most lovable and charming of stars on- and off-screen, James Woods. Also, Laura Palmer! While we promise we don't make any puns about how much the movie sucks, we somehow overlooked the fact that's it's based on a novel by a guy named John Steakley.
In another special bonus episode of The John Carpentcast (we swear we'll get back to the movies next week), Chris takes us back to the year 2016, when he and Nick visited the Podcast Lab at the 2016 Los Angeles Podcast Festival. They talk all things John Carpenter with actor Samm Levine (Freaks and Geeks, Inglorious Basterds), comedian and host of the Comedy Film Nerds podcast Graham Elwood, rising-star Australian comic Alice Fraser, and maybe not celebrities but genuinely cool people Austin Brungardt, Perla X. Caballero-Hoblit, and Tim Stack. Nick may be too busy at this year's L.A. Podfest peddling that ghost thing he does, but Chris is at home alone with a bottle of rye and nothing better to do, so he's got your back with some fun interviews.
In this special bonus episode of The John Carpentcast, we're embarking on a grand experiment. Nick and Chris are joined by returning guest Liz Manning and new guest, board game aficionado Steven Yonkers-Ortiz, in a foolhardy attempt to play the Legendary: Big Trouble in Little China board game. Revel in our awkwardness as we try to wrap our heads around the gargantuan rule book - along the way, Stephen King's IT, 90s Nickelodeon shows, the controversies rocking the Austin film scene, and Colin Farrell fighting crime in Miami will all get addressed. If you're feeling adventurous, give it a listen, because we're definitely not doing this again... Although... Mondo did just put out that The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 game...