Green Room director picks his best John Carpenter films


Green Room director picks his best John Carpenter films

Green Room is an upcoming thriller from Jeremy Saulnier, and that's a name you're going to want to remember because its one of the best films of the year.

Of course the cool people already knew Saulnier from his blistering 2013 effort Blue Ruin, and the really, really cool people might even have caught Murder Party way back in 2007.

Regardless of your personal level of coolness, Saulnier is an exciting new(ish) talent and he's been out promoting Green Room over the last few months. When The Playlist caught up with the filmmaker they decided to give him a chance to list his favourite John Carpenter films of all time.

This is great for a whole host of reasons - not least because Saulnier's pared back style and impressive results on low budgets have more than a little in common with Carpenter but also because we've been going back from the masterful filmmakers titles recently.

There are some stone cold classics in that line up, here's what Saulnier chose.

1. The Thing
2. Big Touble in Little China
3. They Live
4. Halloween
5. Christine

It's a decent list, with a couple of greats at the start in particular. The Thing is pretty much the perfect Carpenter film and Big Trouble is a movie which has somehow gotten better with age, showing just how far ahead of its time it was.

It's interesting to see Halloween further down the list, especially as it was easily the most successful film of Carpenter's career and the one which was the most influential. And They Live is just a riot of a time.

Saulnier finishes off with Christine which is really not that good, despite some alarmingly nasty kill scenes. He picked it for the memories it brings back of watching the film with his dad, which makes perfect sense.

You can get more comments from Saulnier over on The Playlist.

Green Room is set for release in Ireland on the 13th of May, 2016.

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