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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, for example, though even that is an accomplishment considering the source material -- but for more than a decade he could do no wrong. His list of classics includes Halloween, The Thing, Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China, and that's just scratching the surface. Dig a little deeper and you'll find a collection of gems in the rough and forgotten films that, while they don't measure up to his best work, are still enjoyable, action-packed fun. One of those films, his debut Dark Star, is showing tonight at the Alamo Drafthouse as part of Jason Heller's Science Friction series. You should definitely go, and then catch up on the rest of his best overlooked material -- enough to keep your Carpenter queue on Netflix full.

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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