John Carpenter, the horror legend who’s behind such chilling creations as Halloween, The Thing and Christine, has been rather absent from the director’s chair in the past decade. But, starting with The Ward, he seems to be back in the game, with a few interesting project in the pipeline, among them Darkchylde.
Carpenter’s latest release The Ward has received mostly negative reviews (currently only 20% positive @ RottenTomatoes) something I suspect, without seeing the movie myself, is a bit unfair and the result of too high expectations. I don’t think you can call for a new The Thing, from the first movie he directs in almost 10 years!
I guess that it take some time to find ones feet, after you have been gone for a while and hopefully Carpenter will be back as the superior horror creator, just in time for his hottest project, Darkchylde.
Darkchylde, based on Randy Queen’s popular comic from the mid 90’s, sounds very dashing, especially as Weta Digital (The Lovely Bones, The Lord of the Rings, The Lovely Bones) will stand for the for the special effects.
The story in Darkchylde, centers on Ariel Chylde, a cursed teenage girl that transforms into the baleful creatures, from her dark nightmares. As her uncanny ability threatens the small town she lives in and her beloved ones, she must find a way to fight the dark forces she set’s free.
John Carpenter, who knows how a good character should be, has said that Ariel Chylde is the best young female character since Laurie Strode in Halloween. I think it sounds ravishingly exciting, doesn’t it?!
If you need some more convincing, check out the clip below featuring the test footage from the set of Darkchylde as well as more interesting information about the project.