I figured on starting a discussion thread about one of the best horror directors, John Carpenter. Please list your favorites, the ones you don't like, or any other observation.
My personal favorites:
1) Halloween- still one of the best horror films I've ever seen. The image of Michael Myers is one of the most creepy in films, due to the minimalist look. Disregard the sequels though, while some are good, none come close to the original.
2) In the Mouth of Madness- Carpenter's last great film, that films reaches the cusp of brilliance. It probably has the best cast of any Carpenter film. Check out the paper boy after Sam Neil wakes up on the highway, it is none other than Hayden Christiansen. This needs a new special edition DVD.
3) Big Trouble in Little China- One of the most fun to watch films, Kurt Russell sets a new bar for coolness here.
4) The Thing- Gave me nightmares when I was a kid. Some of the creepiest music in a film. Again, this needs a new special edition DVD release, and include the alternate TV and theatrical endings!
As for the negative, why does everyone seem to like They Live? I never got into it, it felt like it borrowed from a lot of his other films but did not capture the same magic.