Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Next on the chopping block: John Carpenter's The Ward

If you put Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Christine, and Assault on Precinct 13 into a mathematical equation the outcome is something like this: John Carpenter = God.

Few directors have such an incredible resume. Sure, Carpenter has never reached the box office heights of Steven Spielberg or Michael Bay, and his movies might not be well received on initial release, but most of his earlier films are now regarded as genre classics.

Then came Ghosts of Mars, a movie so bad that Carpenter forced himself into what appeared to be retirement . . . until The Ward came calling.

Some critics have not been kind to The Ward, which stars hottie Amber Heard (above) in a tale of girls terrorized by a ghost at a mental institution. The biggest complaint is it's standard horror stuff that's beneath Carpenter's earlier work. Do Jason and Shawn, a couple of Carpenter junkies, agree?

Find out when when the August Special lands Sunday at 8 p.m. PST on iTunes, Facebook, podOmatic and right here on the blog. As the boys are keen to say, and say often. stick with us!

The summer specials are stripped down versions of the radio show. Just a review and some lively banter. If you miss the hour-long episodes tune in Fridays at 4 p.m. at 92.5FM CFBX Kamloops, Shaw Cable 106.1 and www.thex.ca for archived editions of Season One.

Jason and Shawn be back in The Basement Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. PST for all new episodes with Season Two.

And now for a look at our feature presentation:

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