With a sterling cast that also includes Charlton Heston, and extensive work by Industrial Light & Magic, we might forget that screenwriter Michael De Luca penned Nightmare on Elm Street 6: Freddy's Dead - The Final Nightmare. Carpenter maintains that De Luca's script veers 'more towards Luis Bunuel than traditional horror'. This, along with his assertion that 'we are going to show the beasts from beyond coming through the barrier, because you have to do it', implies that the macabre heights of The Fog are back within Carpenter's reach again.
But this is just the start. Fantasm '94 offers four previews - the animated features Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and the Japanese Apple Seed, the Tim Burton-produced camp fantasy Cabin Boy, and Dellamorte Dellamore, which currently brandishes the trophy for being Italy's highest-grossing horror film, though admittedly the competition is wanting.
Two video horrors, APEX and Warlock - The Armageddon get a big-screen outing, and Doug Bradley, aka Pinhead in Hellraiser, will be milling around, looking menacing no doubt. He'll give a talk illustrated by film excerpts and Pinhead props but for God's sake don't venture any acupuncture jokes.
Fantasm '94 runs from 29-31 Jul at the NFT, South Bank, SE1 (071-928 3232) Waterloo/Embankment tubes