John Carpenter’s “Utopian Façade”

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“Utopian Façade” is a track from the director’s second studio album, Lost Themes II, and the video, directed by Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst, is a kind of Neon Genesis Evangelion meets zombie forest freakout set to the hum of Carpenter’s darkly suspenseful composing. Speaking of their goals in the project, the video’s directors said:

[Carpenter’s] work stands the test of time because of the way it’s carefully lit and shot, the thought that goes into each and every character, and in my opinion his use of practical effects. We strove to do that on a smaller scale.

Watch “Utopian Façade” after the jump and read NPR’s review of the album here.


Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →