Director John Carpenter talks about the “horrific” return of a classic movie to North American theaters.
In an interview with IndieWire, Carpenter commented on the 40th anniversary of Enigma from Another World. The film returned to US theaters to celebrate its release anniversary.
However, the display was not very good, going to the cinema screen with the wrong aspect ratio, not in widescreen as it was filmed at the time, and in low quality.
“Widescreen is something I’ve been doing since the mid-70s. I love widescreen, I always have. Composing a widescreen movie is complicated, but it’s beautiful. I can’t control what they do on TV,” Carpenter revealed.
The film was shot in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, but the re-released version for around 730 theaters was 1.85:1. Carpenter, director of the original Halloween, said he was happy with the fan support.
“I’ve learned over the years, in a sense, not to obsess about it. It makes life a lot easier. I’m glad people want the movie to be presented at least the way we did it,” he continued.
Fathom Events, which was responsible for the relaunch, was heavily criticized by Carpenter. The filmmaker revealed that he would never see a Fathom screening again, and encouraged his fans to do the same.
“It’s harrowing, it’s horrible. My visual collaborator was Dean Cundey, he and I had worked together before, this was the fourth time. I trust his lighting, it’s just beautiful,” said the director.
A movie classic
The Enigma from Another World, released in 1982. is an adaptation of the book “Who Goes There?”, by the writer John W. Campbell. John Carpenter was inspired by the 1951 film adaptation of The Arctic Monster.
“In remote Antarctica, a group of American scientists are disturbed at their base when, from a helicopter, someone shoots at a camp dog,” reads the synopsis.
“As they help the shot dog, the animal starts attacking the scientists and the other dogs and soon they discover that the animal can take the form of its victims.
This means team members can be killed and the copy takes their place. With that, a pilot and a medic must capture the beast before it’s too late.
From director John Carpenter, the horror starred Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, TK Carter, Richard Masur, and David Clennon.