John Carpenter Given Cinefest Award

"Master of Horror" director John Carpenter was honored with the Cinefest Phantasmagoria Award for his body of work last night at the Troc. The venerable director, whose most recent film, The Ward, played the festival over the weekend, is best known for his horror flicks, particularly 1978's Halloween, a classic of the slasher genre (and Jamie Lee Curtis' first starring role).

As part of the festivities last night, Carpenter appeared via Skype from L.A., where he got to sound off about his career, contemporary films, and Hollywood in general. Best of all, the award and interview were worked around a screening of one of his silliest and most enjoyable films, Big Trouble in Little China. It is indeed an amazing planet we're living on.

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