I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have watched this movie. Like John Carpenter’s The Thing I never grow tired of it.
I hope you enjoy the posters.
ALT-POSTR-MONDAY: PULP FICTION
In the last installment of What’s Their Best Film? you fantastic voters were right on top of it in picking The Thing (1982) as John Carpenter’s best film.
The director I chose this week has a somwhat smaller filmography than Mr. Carpenters. Don’t forget to vote in the poll after the posters.
WHAT’S THEIR BEST FILM?: ALEXANDRE AJA
The votes for last weeks poll have been tallied and you, readers and voters, chose Inglourious Basterds as Quentin Tarantino’s best film.
This week’s entrant has a more extensive filmography so move this along, shall we? Don’t forget to vote in the poll after the posters.
What’s Their Best Film?: John Carpenter
From what is possibly (perhaps probably) my all-time favorite movie; here are 14 fantastically awesome fan-made posters in an ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT on:
JOHN CARPENTER’S THE THING
Got a movie you want featured on ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT? Mention it in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.
Okay, I posted the poll for Scream Queen of the Year on Dec. 7. The poll will be open for a few more days so may I remind you to , folks.
Here’s how the voting is going so far:
Lily Rabe is in the lead:
Gillian Anderson and Sharni Vinson are tied for second:
Carolyn Jones is in third place:
Danai Gurira and Raquel Welch are in fourth place:
Christina Ricci and Amber Heard are in fifth place:
Bringing up the rear are Chelan Simmons, The Soska Sisters, A.J. Cook and Traci Lords:
VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED-United States-99 Mins. 1995
Directed by John Carpenter.
Screenplay by David Himmelstein.
Based on the book “The Midwich Cuckoos” by John Wyndham and the 1960 film and screenplay by Wolf Rilla, Stirling Silliphant and George Barclay.
John Carpenter’s Village of the Damned is a somewhat boring affair that is interesting solely for the common bond it shares with a handful of his better efforts.
A dark shadow passes over the town of Midwich and everything-man, woman, child and animal-faints. They soon awaken, or at least the fortunate ones do; there is the matter of the man who passed out over a hot grill and the other guy who is the hapless victim of a fiery collision. A few months afterward a handful of the women of Midwich (ten in all including a post-Crocodile Dundee Linda Koslowski) become pregnant and the date of conception is traced right back to the day of the fainting incident. Of the ten, including a virgin (Meredith Salenger-go figure), nine give birth and one infant is stillborn. To say these children are different is quite the understatement. Five boys and four girls, they all sport blonde hair, have blue eyes and are devoid of human emotion. They can also read our minds and can persuade us to do horrible things regardless of our reluctance. This leads to several suicides and the film’s gorier moments. It’s up to the town doctor (Reeve) and a government scientist (Alley) to stop the little buggers before the entire town is wiped out. Can Superman and Rebecca from Cheers save the day?
Village of the Damned is based on the book “The Midwich Cuckoos” by John Wyndham and the 1960 film directed by Wolf Rilla. This is all irrelevant; Village of the Damned is a John Carpenter film through and through as it shares two common threads-an alien being(s) that hide themselves behind a human guise (The Thing, They Live, Starman); and the conquest of earth via enslavement/assimilation. It’s great to see Carpenter come back to these themes. It’s also great to see Christopher Reeve in what would be his final role before a horseback riding accident left him paralyzed for the remaining nine years of his life. The common thread that would have made me, a fan of Carpenter’s work, happy would have been for Village of the Damned to be good but alas, it is not.
In the scene with the crowd bearing torches, the words that the minister’s wife scream are all from the Book of Job.
Whenever the kids are walking or sitting together, they are lined up 2 by 2 with boys on the left and girls on the right.
Christopher Reeve also appears in Superman the Movie and Street Smart.
Kirstie Alley also appears in Look Who’s Talking and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Linda Kozlowski also appears in Crocodile Dundee and Almost an Angel.
Michael Paré also appears in Bad Moon and The Philadelphia Experiment.
Alright, so Amber Heard hasn’t been in a ton of genre films; look at her and ask yourself one simple question: does it really matter? The girl is hot with a capital MEOWWWWRRRR!!! and sexy with a capital WHOA!!! So, is the fact that she’s only made a handful of forays into the horror and thriller genre going to let those of us here at Written in Blood stop us from making her our October Scream Queen of the Month? Absolutely not!
Amber Laura Heard was born in Austin Texas on April 22, 1986 to internet researcher Paige Parsons and contractor David Heard. She made her acting debut in 2004 in the pilot episode of the TV series Jack and Bobby. Her genre credits include All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006, released 2013), Zombieland (2009), The Stepfather (2009), John Carpenter’s The Ward (2010), And Soon the Darkness (2010), Drive Angry (2011) and Machete Kills (2013).
Her non-genre film credits include Friday Night Lights (2004), Drop Dead Sexy (2005), Alpha Dog (2006), Spin (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), The Rum Diary (2011) and Three Days to Kill (2014). TV credits include roles in The O.C. (2005), Criminal Minds (2006), Californication (2009) and The Playboy Club (2011).
Use both hands and join us here at Written in Blood in welcoming the gorgeous Amber Heard as our October, 2014 Scream Queen of the Month!
WHAT WE HAVE HEARD
Dropped out of school at the age of 17, to go to New York to start a career in modeling, she then relocated to Los Angeles to get into acting.
At the age of 16, her best friend died in a car crash and Heard, who was raised Catholic, subsequently declared herself an atheist, due to the influence of the works of Ayn Rand and George Orwell.
Ranked #21 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 Women of 2008 list.
Good friends with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Engaged to Johnny Depp.
WHAT AMBER SAYS
“I’ve worked really hard to bring something more to “pretty girl” roles over the years. I consider it a challenge.”
“I am constantly struggling to show people that there is more to me than my appearance. You do have to try and overcome those hurdles. Female actresses need to be given the chance to be more than how they look. There’s two categories for women in Hollywood; you’re either sexy and that’s it, or you’re not and because of that you often get given better opportunities. You can’t be sexy and get as many good roles, fact. It’s so frustrating to see women compartmentalized in those ways, but it’s not going to change until the amount of female filmmakers and producers get to anywhere near being half. So many female characters and stories are written by men. It’s a flawed system.”
“The last few years have been non-stop for me. I’ve been going from job to job without even going home in-between jobs for the last year. And I’m doing what I love. I’m enjoying the perks of the job-the travel. I am having a great time being a shape shifter and I’m really getting a kick out of it. I love my job.”