Published Apr 16, 2015Resting on the other end of a camera lens for a change, movie master John Carpenter is seen exploring the shadowy realms of virtual reality in the new video for his Lost Themes' "Night." It's not surprising how easily the Escape from New York director slips into the role of a nocturnal bad ass in the menacing clip.
Directed by Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst, the clip finds the real-deal Carpenter slipping on a chunky virtual reality headset to become a helmed man of mystery. The tune's tense pulse of staccato synths and twangy guitar licks scores a late night drive around an urban landscape, which leads up to a tense, underground confrontation. Back in the real world, there's some amusing shots of Carpenter handling an invisible steering wheel.
A statement from Hignight explained the filmmakers approach:
"Upon hearing 'Night' by John Carpenter my head was instantly filled with these nighttime highway road dreamscapes. Someone or something, haunted, traveling the road alone in the late hours. Our goal was to take that feeling and put it into a video that paid tribute to the film work of Carpenter but at the same time gave him a new world to play in... in this case literally through Virtual Reality."
The video pleases in a way that Lawnmower Man never could, and you can check out the gritty fantasy down below.