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JOHN CARPENTER’S HIDDEN WESTERNS

It’s no secret that horror icon John Carpenter is a big fan of westerns.  He’s said for years that he got into the film business to make westerns… and, to an extent, he has succeeded.  ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 is essentially a siege western, owing a huge debt to Carpenter’s all-time favorite film RIO BRAVO.  Carpenter has also said that his inspiration for Michael Myers was Yul Brynner’s gunslinger robot in WESTWORLD.  And I personally like to think of THE THING as an apocalyptic version of BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK, which was itself a “hidden western.”  (The main characters in both films are named Macreedy…. Coincidence?)

The filmmaker has managed to dig even deeper into western mythology with these other projects:

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