Spread out across the varied filmography of John Carpenter is a unique triumvirate — The Thing (1982), Prince Of Darkness (1987), and In The Mouth Of Madness (1994) — that the director considers his “Apocalypse Trilogy”, a collection of horrors each inscribed with a particular eschatological vision. They all realize, in their own ways, the End Of The World (or the possible threat of it) through the prism of humanity, and whether it be physical bodies and disease/illness, or the capacity for belief and faith, or the creative potential of art and imagination, Carpenter’s fixation on Armageddon predominantly concerns the corruption and breaking down of societal order.

This clip sees the filmmaker briefly introducing a screening of his three end times movies with personal recollections of inspiration that include the Book Of Revelation and the atomic bomb.