Oh, and speaking of the 1990s, I forgot about this one Carpenter anti-classic:
I have a love/hate relationship with this movie. It has some really fun elements and the ending is particularly cool but I just feel like it's a complete letdown when compared to Escape from New York. I adore that movie and it's in my top 10 of all time, it has a great balance of dark humor and serious grittiness.
I feel like that balance was lost on Escape from L.A. and I couldn't really take it seriously for the most part. I understand it probably wasn't "meant" to be taken seriously but even knowing that doesn't really help me. Man, I wish Carpenter got to make a 3rd movie like he wanted...
I‘d say I’m the opposite. While I did see Escape from LA first (had never heard of Escape from New York), going back and watching Escape from New York felt like watching a slower and less polished, less crazy version of Escape from LA. Also, Cuervo was a more interesting villain to me given his obvious Che Guevara basis. It was a wackier film, too, with more over-the-top action. Maybe if I had seen Escape from New York first it wouldn’t have felt like a demo-reel for a more complete film.
In terms of Carpenter films, for me The Thing, Big Trouble I’m Little China, and Halloween are my favourites. I’d consider The Thing to be a good film, but probably not Halloween or Big Trouble in Little China - even though they were both massively entertaining.
Speaking of Ernest Borgnine and Halloween, Borgnine co-starred in this film as Ragnar, King of the Vikings. It also featured both parents of Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis - who are Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh - Tony Curtis co-starred in the film as a slave called Eric who was a secret bastard of Ragnar, and won his freedom. Janet Leigh played Morgana, an English Princess caught in a love triangle between the two songs of Ragnar. The film starred Kirk Douglas, a violent power hungry rapist who terrorized women across the lands, who played viking Prince Einarr.
Last edited by Jumpin - on 14 June 2020