The first time I saw John Carpenter's Halloween was in 1979, long before its innumerable imitators, and unnecessary sequels, carbon copied the effect out of it. It was a memorable experience.
After Dr. Loomis gunned down Michael Myers, confirmed to Laurie Strode that the man had, in fact, been the actual boogeyman, and the final (now cliche and overused) shock was delivered; I sat, watching the end credits scroll up the screen, and thought, "I want to write something that effects people the way this movie effected me."
Yes, John Carpenter's Halloween was how I figured out I needed to be a writer. It's one reason why I'm such a devoted fan of the man's work. The other being the fact I happen to think he's really, really good at what he does.
It was a joy to watch Carpenter, alongside his son, Cody, and godson, Dave Davies, perform selections from the scores he had composed for most of his films: Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York, Christine, Big Trouble in Little China, Prince of Darkness, They Live, and In the Mouth of Madness (sadly, Village of the Damned, Escape from L.A., Vampires, and Ghosts of Mars were almost conspicuous in their absence from the set list.)
Carpenter also performed a generous amount of robust offerings from his recent albums, Lost Themes and Lost Themes II, those, and a wonderful tribute to Ennio Morricone, added another layer of awesome to an already entertaining evening.
While Carpenter was clearly having the grandest of grand times playing his music for a (very) appreciative audience of hardcore fans. I do think he needs a little seasoning when it comes to playing TO a live audience. If you watch the videos I have attached below, then watch other concert videos people have uploaded to youtube, his comments appear scripted and do not seem to vary greatly from show to show. The only time Carpenter seemed to loosen up, and go off script, was when he told the audience he could not wait to see "the Dubs kick Cleveland's ass!" Needless to say, the crowd cheered this callout for its beloved home team.
My only other complaint, and it is another small one, is that Carpenter did not play a selection from his score for Halloween III: Season of the Witch. I would have loved to have heard a rocking version of Chariots of Pumpkins.
I hope Carpenter and company release a concert album of this tour. I also hope he does a Lost Themes III, and that he will be able to do yet another tour. I would go again in a heartbeat. Now for the videos I took!
Assault on Precinct 13 and Vortex:
The Thing (tribute to Ennio Morricone):
Big Trouble in Little China: