John Carpenter

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    November 13, 2014
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    October 23, 2014

    Five Lesser Works of John Carpenter That Are Worth Exploring

    John Carpenter is a goddamned genius. Throughout the late '70s and well into the '80s, the best B-movie director to ever live cranked out a startling number of classic films. Not everything he touched during that period turned to gold -- his adaptation of Stephen King's Christine is pretty mediocre, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Five Scary Documentaries That Will Give You Nightmares

    "Based on a true story" are the scariest words that can appear in a horror movie. While Freddie and Jason may haunt our nightmares, there are real monsters that walk among us. That's why documentaries that tell true, terrifying tales can be more frightening than fiction. Here are our five favorite s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    The Fly and Four More Horror Film Remakes That Don't Suck

    Remakes are always dicey business, and horror remakes seem to be especially awful, despite -- or perhaps because of -- their ubiquity. Still, not every horror film remake is a total shit show. Every once in a while, one manages not to embarrass itself -- or even the film being remade. And once in a ... More >>

  • Film

    July 17, 2014
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    April 30, 2014

    The ten best geek events in Denver in May

    May is here, and let's hope you geeks like Star Wars. This month is packed with events tied to everyone's favorite franchise set in a galaxy far, far away since May 4 -- as in May the Fourth be with you, because geeks love puns -- is a Star Wars holiday and May marks the anniversary of the original ... More >>

  • Film

    March 13, 2014
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    February 28, 2014

    The ten best geek events in Denver in March

    It's March, the month of college basketball brackets and St. Patrick's Day. But don't worry: While the rest of your office is busy throwing money away pretending to care about college hoops and drinking shitty green beer, there's plenty of great geek fun to be had. March's ten best geek events inclu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Denver Film Society gets spooky for Halloween week

    This past weekend was just a warm up for the real Halloween celebrations, and the Denver Film Society has a solid line-up of seasonal entertainment planned for the Sie FilmCenter. Don't worry -- none of these events will require you to be dressed as slutty Abraham Lincoln or to do multiple pumpkin-f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Five best sci-fi/horror films to help a non-horror geek survive October

    Geek culture is not a monolithic entity -- far from it. Underneath the big tent of geekdom, you'll find factions big and small, for every possible slice of nerd life. Few of us embrace only one slice of geek life, but even fewer of us are true polynerds, embracing any and everything labeled "geek." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    The Weeknd at 1STBANK Center, 9/20/13

    THE WEEKND at 1STBANK CENTER | 9/20/13 Though visually heightened by flashes of naked, writhing women and feeling rather Internet-manic with its placement of faux-commercials for condoms between songs, the Weeknd's show at 1STBANK Center was simply okay. But for fans of the Toronto-based musician an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Kylesa's Phillip Cope talks about his favorite horror movies

    Kylesa got its start in 2001 when former members of sludge-metal band Damad teamed up with guitarist and visual artist Laura Pleasants. From the beginning, this Savannah, Georgia-based band has shown no loyalty to a specific genre; as a result, the outfit's discography has been fascinatingly varied. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Horror films from A to Z: part four

    At The ABCs of Death, showing now at the Sie FilmCenter, you're going to get the equivalent of horror tapas -- one short, punchy tale for each letter of the alphabet, each delivered by a current or rising star in the genre. It's a tasty appetizer that can serve as a meal in and of itself, but what i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Horror films from A to Z: part two

    When you to to The ABCs of Death, showing now at the Sie FilmCenter, you're going to get the equivalent of horror tapas -- one short, punchy tale for each letter of the alphabet, each delivered by a current or rising star in the genre. It's a tasty appetizer that can serve as a meal in and of itself ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    Welcome to the weekend, friendos! Mere hours away from quitting time, and there's so much great music to look forward to this weekend. We've got some choice grooves on tap from Disco Biscuits, who are closing out their three-night Colorado run tomorrow night at 1STBANK Center, some heavy goodness fr ... More >>

  • Music

    January 24, 2013


    Sunday, January 27, Gothic Theatre, 888-929-7849. 

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    November 29, 2012

    Benny Loco


  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    3 things to do for free this week, October 29-November 1, 2012

    Now that you're past the age where you can dress up in a costume and knock on people's doors to get candy, you need to use other ways to get things for free this Halloween week. So we've found three All Hallow's Eve-themed events that won't deplete your wallet, from screenings of classic horror movi ... More >>

  • Film

    August 9, 2012

    A cinematic history of Mars

    It might not help you understand Curiosity's mission

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    A brief cinematic history of Mars

    This Sunday, the most ambitious mission to Mars thus far will land on the red planet. The Curiosity Rover is on a two-year mission to look for signs of life, study its climate and geology and collect data that might help future manned missions. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is hosting a li ... More >>

  • Film

    May 31, 2012
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    November 8, 2011

    The Nix Bros. on comedy, short films and what funny really means

    ​This is one in a series of posts in honor of Denver Arts Week that salute some of our favorite people and places on the arts scene. The Nix Bros. have been busy the last few years doling out comedy films of all shapes and sizes, from the patently absurd Rainbow Chasers, to the music ridiculo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Thank these three Italian directors for slasher films, Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood

    Film has inspired popular culture for decades, but some people don't actually know where the inspiration for their favorite films comes from. Today, Columbus Day, Metropolitan State College of Denver film studies professor Vincent Piturro will celebrate Italian heritage -- and in a way that he hopes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Mile High Horror Film Festival adds music component to this year's festivities at Bar Bar

    The second Mile High Horror Film Festival is upon us, and in an effort to make it even bigger and badder, Timothy Shultz and company added a music showcase to the event at Bar Bar this Friday, October 7. "This is its own little entity to promote the festival," says event manager Melinda Piché. "Bec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Netflix is tapped into your psyche

    You've lied to us all, Beyonce. ​Interpellation: a word I learned in my college critical theory class, which I admittedly skipped almost every day of. The Althusser day, however, I dragged my semi-stoned, semi-drunk ass out of bed and learned some useless philosophy. Interpellation, as it was exp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Slashers and survivors: Horror's top 5 "final girls"

    Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween​The "final girl" -- one of horror film's best-known genre conventions -- is the virginal and ostensibly pure heroine who either kills the monster, or at least lives to see the end of the movie. Some scholars, including Carol J. Clover (in her book, Men, Women and ... More >>

  • Film

    August 25, 2011
  • Music

    August 18, 2011

    Tyrannosaurus Sex

    Tyrannosaurus Sex Tape

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Presenting the winners of the John Carpenter poster contest

    ​We've peed our pants many a time, but by far our fondest memory of it was when we peed our pants during John Carpenter's Halloween (other memories: not so fond). JK, we've never peed our pants in our entire lives, but seriously, John Carpenter is one of the best horror directors out there -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Win a signed movie poster for John Carpenter's The Ward

    Full-size poster below!​In the free stuff file of Show and Tell today, we have a quick contest for fans of horror movies. We have five movie posters for The Ward, directed by legendary Halloween director John Carpenter. All five posters are signed by Carpenter, hopefully in blood, although we' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Green Lantern comes out today; but here's what other colored Lantern movies might look like

    ​Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds, the world's leading collector of failed superhero franchise leads, opens today. Reynolds plays Hal Jordon, a fearless test pilot who's chosen to become part of an intergalactic peacekeeping force called the Green Lanterns. They use their power rings to h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Ten best fictional killer plants

    ​Tonight at the Denver Botanical Gardens, writer Amy Stewart will be presenting a history of killer plants of the very real variety. While that's all well and good, we prefer to keep our deadly botanical assassins in the realm of the fiction so we can still sleep through the night. Killer plan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Film: Pablo Kjolseth's IFS spring calendar picks

    ​Deep in the midst of the digital age, International Film Series programmer Pablo Kjolseth makes no bones about his love of celluloid, the analog of film, especially, but not necessarily, in black and white. Because of that, the University of Colorado's IFS is arguably the region's last true v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Freaky Friday: "Big Trouble in Little China" - John Carpenter

    This week's Freaky Friday video most likely earns the nod as "Worst Song Ever from a composer who's capable of great things." John Carpenter is not only an excellent director (among others, see The Thing, Halloween, Escape from New York, They Live and, naturally, Big Trouble in Little China), he's a ... More >>

  • Film

    October 29, 2009
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    February 26, 2009

    Hero Action

    Let this G.I. Joe film fest get a grip on you.

  • Film

    February 5, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Freaky Friday: Zombie Zombie, aliens, G.I. Joes together at last

    Did you ever feel like the universe is reaching directly into your brain for inspiration on what crazy shit it should do next? That's how I feel watching this clip, which takes like five of my favorite things in the world -- Krautrock inspired electronic grooves, zombies, G.I. Joe, John Carpenter an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    My top five musical miscellanea of 2008

    Every year, as I finish up my mandatory end-of-year lists I'm struck by the fact that each year, some of my most interesting, influential and important musical experiences find themselves homeless, unlisted and unknown. Everyone wants to know the top releases of the year, top shows and similar, obvi ... More >>

  • Film

    August 30, 2007

    Zombie Vision

    Rob Zombie's Michael Myers is beyond redemption. And that's a good thing.

  • Film

    April 5, 2007


    Rodriguez and Tarantino overcome nostalgia in their cut-and-run mash note to film’s guilty pleasures.

  • Home Entertainment

    July 27, 2006
  • Film

    June 1, 2006

    Kicking French Ass

    District B13 puts American action movies to shame.

  • Film

    January 26, 2006

    Heavenly Hag

    Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee becomes a thing of beauty.

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    Up From the Underworld

    This year, blood-soaked extreme metal took its rightful place in the world of heavy music.

  • Film

    January 8, 2004

    Flick Pick

    The Thing

  • Music

    March 14, 2002

    The Great Beyond

    San Diego's Pinback moves from science fiction to oblivion without getting lost in space.

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    April 24, 1997
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    August 29, 1996
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