Pic of the Day: On the set of Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Behind the scenes of John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China

A few behind the scenes pics from John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China (1986), recently shared by the British DVD and Blu-ray label Arrow Video on its Facebook page. Check out the entire album here. For more Carpenter set stills, here’s Deep Fried Movies’ career-spanning Carpenter retrospective.


The Shot Behind the Shot: A glass matte painting from Escape From New York (1981)

Carpenter #2

Before the days of digital set extensions and computerized world building, movies pulled off the same tricks with brush strokes and paint. Here’s a breakdown of how glass matte paintings were done in the pre-digital age with a look at a shot from Escape From New York (1981). The two behind the scenes images come from the book On Set with John Carpenter and were taken by photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker, who we interviewed earlier this week. Continue Reading ›

The Shot Behind the Shot: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)


The car rig used on John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China (1986) – still one of my all-time favorite movies – to create the illusion of a vehicle speeding within inches of heroes Kurt Russell and Dennis Dun. The effect was achieved by driving the picture vehicle backward so that the car actually moved away from the actors. That footage was then run in reverse in the edit. Continue Reading ›

Faux-VHS cover art for the Ryan Gosling vehicle Drive

Drive VHS sleeve

Graphic designer James White put together this imaginary VHS cover art for director Nicolas Winding Refn’s instant cult classic Drive. Below are a few additional examples of White’s work. To see more, visit White’s website.

CORRECTION: The original Drive poster design featured above is the work of James White, however the VHS mock-up of that design was put together by Canadian artist Nicolas Girard.

No Country for Old Men (James White)

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Links: A full 1978 issue of Cinefantastique

An entire 1978 issue of the horror, sci-fi and fantasy magazine Cinefantastique can be downloaded PDF-style here thanks to the folks at the superb blog Cinephilia and Beyond.

Included in the issue are….

An interview with Stephen King in which the author discusses Brian De Palma’s adaptation of Carrie and expresses his displeasure with Stanley Kubrick’s original vision for the ending of The Shining, which was still in production at the time.

Stephen King

Interviews with the makers of AlienInvasion of the Body Snatchers and Piranha. The quote below regarding Piranha’s aquatic creature feature lineage comes from producer Jon Davison.

Piranha #3

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