Considering the fact that Michael Myers of Hallowe’en Still lurking on the big screen more than four decades after his first appearance, it’s obvious that John Carpenter has a knack for creating terrifying villains. However, the heroes of his films have often been as memorable as the enemies they fought on screen.
Whether you like alien horrors like The thing, or action epics like escape from new york, Carpenter’s characters are the highlights of his incredible filmography. Although his heroes have been universally great, some are much more likeable than others.
ten John Trent – At the Mouth of Madness (1994)
John Carpenter took a different direction in the 1990s, having dominated the 1980s with a string of fantastic hits. in the mouth of madness follows an insurance investigator investigating claims that an author’s horror novels drove his readers insane. Traveling to a small town, the man soon learns that he himself is experiencing a new nightmare.
John Trent, played by Sam Neill, is not necessarily a hero in the traditional sense. While Carpenter had his fair share of action characters, Trent is a hero in being forced into a horrible situation. However, as a character, Trent is somewhat pompous and arrogant in the face of very serious statements. Like many classic horror setups, the story of in the mouth of madness it’s basically a huge reward for your main character.
9 Dr Loomis – Halloween (1978)
It is difficult to overstate the importance of Hallowe’en, and is still considered one of the best slasher movies of all time. More than ten years after killing his older sister, Michael Myers escapes and returns to the sleepy town of Haddonfield, Illinois to continue his killing spree on Halloween night.
Although the film primarily focuses on innocent teenage babysitter Laurie Strode, Dr. Loomis introduces the film as a memorable supporting character. Loomis was Myers’ personal physician for years and believes he knows the man’s mind inside and out. Although he is determined to stop the killer, his methods are somewhat suspicious and he makes it a personal crusade. His intentions may be good, but he has shown that he is willing to go above and beyond others to achieve his goal.
8 Jack Crow – Vampires (1998)
Although he is best known as a director of horror films, vampires it showed that Carpenter could mix elements of action and horror. The film follows a group of vampire hunters sent by the Vatican to recover an important relic before it falls into the hands of the vampires.
Jack Crow is a typical Carpenter action hero and a gruff and easy-going operator. Portrayed by James Woods, Crow sometimes seems as derailed as the vampires he hunts. This inaccessibility also makes him somewhat off-putting, as he deals with his business with very little personality. Crow wants to defeat his enemies, but he gives the audience very little reason to like him as a person.
7 Snake Plissken – Escape from New York (1981)
After scaring the world in the late 1970s, John Carpenter delivered one of the best action movies of the 1980s with escape from new york. After the American president crash lands in a demilitarized city of New York, ex-con Snake Plissken is sent to rescue him.
From the start, Snake tells the military exactly what he thinks of them and their president. His rude refusal to submit to authority earns him high points on the likeability scale, despite being an aloof man. Though cool under pressure, Plissken is also a loner, offering viewers very little of his personality to decide whether they like him or not.
6 Nothing – They live (1988)
Political commentary is not new to John Carpenter movies, but They live He delivered a good portion. After wandering around Los Angeles, a homeless drifter finds himself in the middle of an alien conspiracy that comes to light through a special pair of sunglasses.
The movie They live is a fun sci-fi action game with an interesting alien concept, and it has a lot to say about the United States under the Reagan administration. His hero, Nada, is an intentionally hollow character who really comes to life when given the chance. Audiences slowly come to love Nada throughout the film, and by the end, he has become a relatable hero in his own right.
5 Stevie Wayne – The Fog (1980)
Like many Carpenter movies, The fog it’s an ensemble piece that gives viewers plenty of characters to latch onto. One hundred years after a ship mysteriously sinks in a sleepy town, a thick fog settles in containing the ghosts of drowned sailors seeking revenge.
Scream Queen Adrienne Barbeau stars as Stevie Wayne, a local radio host who divides her time as a single mother with her time on the air. Although there are several heroes in the film, Stevie is the one with the most life and the most to lose, as the mist separates her from her son. Wayne is funny and relatable, longing for a normal life that is interrupted by the slow-moving horror of the film.
4 R. J. MacReady – The Thing (1982)
After revolutionizing terror in Hallowe’enCarpenter did it again in his claustrophobic scarefest The thing. Installed in a remote research base in Antarctica, a group of scientists find themselves besieged by an alien threat that takes the form of the one they have assimilated.
Acting as the story’s introduction to the audience, helicopter pilot RJ MacReady is a fish out of water among his scientific contemporaries. His pragmatic approach helps overcome paranoia, even if his methods are somewhat barbaric. MacReady is a likeable character because he steps in to do what needs to be done, even as unspeakable horror unfolds around him.
3 Jenny Hayden – Starman (1984)
Carpenter’s films aren’t particularly emotionally complex, but his cult classic sci-fi star man He showed that he was capable of telling a sincere story. When an alien being takes the form of her deceased husband, a woman decides to guide the alien across the country to her starting point in Arizona.
Jenny’s journey is twofold. The first is the action-driven plot of taking Starman across the country and away from government agents. However, her true journey is inside her and she is dealing with the loss of her husband. Jenny’s sympathy comes from her ability to relate to her and how the audience can relate to her struggles with grief.
two Jack Burton – Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
John Carpenter’s best movies often have a sly sense of humor and combine elements from multiple genres. Big Trouble in Little China follows a rugged trucker named Jack Burton who accidentally finds himself in the middle of a supernatural war beneath the streets of Chinatown.
Burton is one of Carpenter’s weirder heroes, and his over-the-top personality is as goofy as it is endearing. Obviously, in his head, Burton tries to maintain his state of action, but quickly discovers that he is outmatched. Kurt Russel’s brilliant performance brings the character to life and makes him likeable in a goofy way, without Burton coming off as cocky or arrogant.
one Laurie Strode – Halloween (1978)
Hallowe’en it has taken its place in popular culture for many reasons. Not only is the film extremely well made, but Michael Myers’ deadpan villainy has inspired generations of knife-wielding villains in the movies. However, the movie wouldn’t have done as well if it hadn’t been for an extremely likable leading man to give him the right balance.
Laurie Strode is a typical American teenager, although her friends are party animals, she is a bit square and does the right thing. Even when she is besieged by an unstoppable killer, she protects the children left in her care and bravely fights Myers. The audience can see themselves in her position and sympathize with her situation, unlike many other slasher movies.