Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween was disturbing on several levels -- mostly because he brought nothing really new to his "reimagining" -- but if nothing else, it reawakened interest in John Carpenter's highly influential original film. Dozens of pictures borrowed the basic premise of a slasher stalking sex-crazed teens, but few ever captured the creepy atmosphere of small-town innocence overwhelmed by fear like Carpenter did. (Matt Bradshaw wrote a good Retro Cinema on the original recently.)

Carpenter himself has been absent from the big screen for nearly seven years, ever since Ghosts of Mars, though he directed two episodes of the Masters of Horror television series. While his recent work hasn't been at the same level as the highs he once achieved -- my personal faves include Assault on Precint 13, The Thing, Christine and They Live -- he's built up too much horror goodwill over the decades to be silenced forever.

Now Shock Till You Dropbrings us news that Carpenter has begun casting a new movie entitled L.A. Gothic, which is comprised of "five interwoven stories of high-octane horror centering on a vengeful ex-priest's efforts to protect his teenage daughter from the supernatural evils of L.A.'s dark side." The script was written by Jim Agnew and Sean Keller, the team that also wrote Giallo, which Dario Argento will begin filming next month.

Last time I saw a vengeful ex-priest trying to protect a young girl, it was in Danish director Anders Morgenthaler's amazing, disturbing, animated Princess, so I'd love to see if Carpenter can deliver some jolting shocks mixed in with the family story. I'm also curious to see which supernatural evils will be battled, since there are so many to choose from, especially in Los Angeles!
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