Minutiae: The Silence in The Fog

As a new generation of filmmakers - particularly horror filmmakers - emerges in the states, John Carpenter's influence continues to grow more and more significant. Not only are modern directors eager to try to reproduce the suspense and terse unease of Carpenter's signature pictures, but they are also heavily influenced by the threadbare synth scores … Continue reading Minutiae: The Silence in The Fog

Review: Halloween (2018)

Director: David Gordon Green Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Will Patton, Andi Matichak One of the creepiest things about Halloween (2018), right out of the gate, is the appearance of the Miramax logo, which hasn't been seen in many a year, and certainly not since the expulsion of the Weinsteins. Ballsy/deluded of someone to hold on to … Continue reading Review: Halloween (2018)

Why I Love… #84: Halloween II

Year: 1981 Director: Rick Rosenthal Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode),  Donald Pleasance (Dr Sam Looms), Charles Cyphers (Leigh Bracket), Lance Guest (Jimmy), Dick Warlock (The Shape) Genre: Horror With the aim in mind here at thelosthighwayhotel to provide a diverse range of reviews and essays I might ordinarily have considered it far too soon … Continue reading Why I Love… #84: Halloween II

The Lost Highway Hotel’s Alternative Christmas

Here at the Hotel I have a different approach to Christmas. Sure, there are the classics. It's A Wonderful Life, Die Hard, Gremlins etc, etc. But a tradition of sorts has also appeared of going back to the least Christmassy of yuletide films. Essentially, if you're not one to deck the halls with whatever but still like to theme … Continue reading The Lost Highway Hotel’s Alternative Christmas

List: Six Halloween Alternatives

So it's that time of year again, and neither the big studios nor the independents are offering us any cinematic scares to speak of, unless you're prepared for the quality mire of direct-to-video digging. For many the big screen will remain dark this Halloween. But if you're not partying or trick or treating (or if … Continue reading List: Six Halloween Alternatives

Why I Love… #32: Big Trouble In Little China

Year: 1986 Director: John Carpenter Stars: Kurt Russell (Jack Burton), Kim Cattrall (Gracie Law), Dennis Dun (Wang Chi), James Hong (David Lo Pan), Victor Wong (Egg Shen), Kate Burton (Margo) Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy Some films in this series (The Red Shoes, The Apartment, The Night Of The Hunter etc) are here because … Continue reading Why I Love… #32: Big Trouble In Little China

Why I Love… #15: The Thing

Year: 1982 Director: John Carpenter Stars: Kurt Russell (R.J. MacReady), Wilford Brimley (Blair), Keith David (Childs), Donald Moffat (Garry), T.K. Carter (Nauls), Peter Maloney (Bennings) Genre: Science Fiction / Horror Seeing as in my convalescence I’ve developed for myself a MacReady-style level of beard growth, I thought it an appropriate time to cast an eye … Continue reading Why I Love… #15: The Thing