March 28, 2004


Posts on the final Quatermass serial and Dennis Potter....

But for now, just have to share with you a coincidence. Last week, we were discussing Romero's Season of the Witch (which as one correspondent pointed out is broadcast tomorrow, on C4, albeit at the ungodly hour of 1 A.M.) During the course of this discussion, another correspondent mentioned Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Who should have been the original scriptwriter for this film? None other than Nigel Kneale. It turns out that Carpenter, perhaps not surprisingly, was something of a Kneale devotee; he used the name 'Martin Quatermass' as an alias for his scriptwriting of Prince of Darkness and made references to Quatermass and the Pit in In the Mouth of Madness.

Posted by mark at March 28, 2004 11:33 PM | TrackBack

Prince of Darkness is a massively under-rated film. In my opinion, probably the most enjoyable of all Carpenter's movies, with or without Alice Cooper.

Posted by: Philip at March 29, 2004 06:06 PM

I quite agree, Phil. It really spooked me the first time I saw it - I mean really spooked me. That whole idea of communicating back in time through DREAMS. {Shudders} The cybergothic satanism + science thing is right up to its neck in Kneale actually. Difficult for me to rate above anything above In the Mouth of Madness, but PoD is right up there.

Posted by: mark k-punk at March 29, 2004 06:13 PM

Speaking of artifacts from the past that scared the shit out of me, has anyone else read Clive Barker's 'The Thief of Always'? It is as far as I know, his only effort at children's fiction, and quite a bit more successful than his adults offerings.

Posted by: Philip at March 29, 2004 06:52 PM

Not familiar with this one, but will check out on your say-so.
Now, Phil, any chance of your posting more at IAIYM?

Posted by: mark k-punk at March 30, 2004 09:54 AM

Perhaps, but you'll have to wait for 'Three's a Crowd' with the improbably appealing Claudia Winkleman to finish on BBC2...

Posted by: Philip at March 30, 2004 08:35 PM