8 p.m. showtime, with $7 admission and half-price organic wine and craft beer during the film.
John Carpenter turns 69 years old this week, and in celebration of his pioneering career and artistic legacy, the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah will screen one of his most overlooked features Jan. 18 at The Sentient Bean.
Best known for such massively successful horror and suspense films as 1978’s “Halloween,” 1980’s “The Fog,” 1981’s “Escape from New York” and several genre-bending sleepers and cult classics like 1984’s sci-fi romance “Starman,” 1986’s “Big Trouble in Little China,” 1988’s “They Live” (which, contrary to what some deluded neo-Nazis now believe, is not in any way, shape or form an anti-Semitic allegory, but rather a blisteringly clever indictment of Reagan-era Yuppie-style capitalism) as well as what many view as not only his finest motion picture, but surely one of the greatest sci-fi/horror hybrids ever made: 1982’s unfrozen-alien-shapeshifter shocker “The Thing.”
While Carpenter’s output has slowed drastically over the past couple of decades, and his quality control has unfortunately diminished as well, those of us who revere his earlier glory days still harbor hopes that this infamous iconoclast will regain his creative footing and knock at least one more undeniable smash out of the park before he gives up the art form for good.
The exact title of the Carpenter film the PFS will showcase as a hat-tip to one of the most unique American genre moviemakers of all time remains a closely guarded secret until showtime. Adventurous viewers are encouraged to buy a ticket, take a chance and be dazzled by a feature they may be completely unfamiliar with.