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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Nov 14, 2017

Well, here we are. We made it to the end. The John Carpentcast says goodbye with our final episode, joined once again by Cecil Laird of The Horror Show for John Carpenter's brief sojourn out of retirement for his last film as a director, The Ward. Carpenter returns to the horror genre which he had such an enormous impact on defining, but is this 2010 swan song a true return to form?... A huge thanks to all of our guests on the show over the last year-plus, and of course, all of you, the listeners who made this journey - as interminable as it was sometimes - with us. The John Carpentcast may be drawing to a close, but you can't get rid of Nick and Chris that easy. We'll be back with all new ways to invade your ear-holes with some exciting upcoming projects - but first... a bunch of crazy girls being terrorized by a ghost courtesy of the Master.

Nov 6, 2017

John Carpenter emerges from his self-imposed retirement for two tales of made-for-TV terror with the Showtime horror all-stars anthology Masters of Horror. With the episodes "Cigarette Burns" and "Pro-Life", does Carpenter bring back that old spine-chilling Carpenter magic? Nick, Chris, and special guest Stephen Andolfo of Phoenix's own Samurai Comics take a watch to see if these old dogs can pull off new terror tricks.

Oct 25, 2017

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.

Oct 17, 2017

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.

Oct 9, 2017

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 StackNick 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.

Oct 6, 2017

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...

Sep 26, 2017

The year is 2013, fifteen years after the events on the island prison-colony of New York. Now, Snake Plissken is back for... pretty much the same thing, but this time with more Steve Buscemi and surfing. It's John Carpenter's much-maligned sequel to his 80s cult hit, Escape from L.A. But Kurt Russell's iconic anti-hero isn't the only one returning; we're joined once again by Jeremiah Wilkerson, as well as first-time guest Heidi S., host of the paranormal podcast Campfire Curmudgeon (co-hosted by our very own Nicholas Edward Jones). Considered one of the biggest bombs of the 90s, does this franchise-killer deserve to be exiled to a maximum-security island?

Aug 22, 2017

Nick and Chris are joined once again by actor-producer Liz Manning to take a look behind the cover of that VHS video store horror section staple, Village of the Damned. John Carpenter's remake of the 1960 sci-fi classic is a bit of a rough one, but join us as we try to stay on-topic long enough to break down just what went wrong when Christopher Reeve and Kirstie Alley tried to save the world from a gaggle of alien toddlers.

Aug 14, 2017

This week, Nick, Chris, and special guest Derk Harron follow Sam Neil on his mind-bending spiral into the eldritch terror that lies beyond the void in John Carpenter's meta-horror opus In the Mouth of Madness. Existential cosmic horror, tentacled monsters, and the marble rye lady from Seinfeld may or may not be involved (spoilers: they are).

Aug 7, 2017

John Carpenter takes his horror trade to the small screen, teaming up with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper for the 1993 made-for-TV horror anthology Body Bags. With the short form tales of terror "The Gas Station", "Hair", and "Eye" - and Carpenter himself as your intrepid horror host The Coroner, Nick and Chris take a look at this 90s cable-TV oddity to see if it's worth tuning in.

Jul 31, 2017

The John Carpentcast makes it's triumphant return to find Chevy Chase and Daryl Hannah on the run with John Carpenter's 1992 sci-fi comedy thriller Memoirs of an Invisible Man. Maybe not the most fondly-remembered Carpenter film, but Nick and Chris revisit it with Chelsea Claire and Jameson Mars of the electronic noise group Fugly Chuds to see if there is really more or less than meets the eye.