The Classics: John Carpenter’s ‘Apocalypse Trilogy’

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The Classics are must-see, must-read, must-play works revered by The Verge staff. They offer glimpses of the future, glimpses of humanity, and a glimpse of our very souls. You should check them out.

John Carpenter has made a lot of important films, at least if you’re a cult or horror movie fan. Halloween, Escape From New York, Christine, and Big Trouble In Little China are just a few of his more popular works. But there are a set of movies in Carpenter’s stable of releases which I think are particularly important — and deeply upsetting.

I’m referring to Carpenter’s “Apocalypse Trilogy” — a set of films which started in 1982 with the genre-defining, utterly terrifying The Thing, continued through the ’80s with Prince of Darkness, and…

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