Thirteen years have passed since the premiere of the last feature film by the master of horror John Carpenter, ‘Locked up’ (‘The Ward’, starring Amber Heard). Focused since then on his musical career (we remember his anthological concert in Sitges in 2018 with nostalgia), the only thing he has directed in the last decade are some of his own video clips.
But this weekend, by surprise, the filmmaker has revealed that he’s directed something more substantial, and he didn’t even have to leave his house to do it!
During a panel at the Texas Frightmare Weekend convention, Carpenter announced that “I just finished directing, remotely, a television series called ‘John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams’. It was shot in Prague, but I sat on my couch and directed it from there. It’s been amazing.”
Details about ‘Suburban Screams’ are scant, if not nonexistent. The only thing that could be confirmed (via Prague Reporter) is that a project with that title “was officially registered with the Czech Film Fund when registrations reopened in March. It was presented by Milk and Honey Pictures. Milk and Honey Pictures is in charge of the Prague production of the Apple TV+ series ‘Foundation’ and recently also the Netflix horror series ‘Haunted’.”
The Czech media continues to speculate that the program could have been filmed “in the spacious Prague Studios in Letňanywhich is co-owned by Milk & Honey Pictures and has also served as the production studio for the aforementioned series.”
The director of horror film classics such as ‘Halloween night’, ‘In the mouth of fear’ or ‘The fog’ is currently working on a new album in his ‘Lost Themes’ series., recovering the music of his least remembered soundtracks. It is rumored that, in addition, could be involved as a producer and/or consultant on a follow-up to his classic 1982 sci-fi horror film ‘The Thing’just as he did with the new ‘Halloween’ trilogy in which Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and the iconic Michael Myers faced each other for the last (?) time.
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