I really don't thing that he as done better than th Prince of Darkness, it's his "Raging Bull" also I like The Thing, if you gonna give an Oscar to Jeff Bridges, (Ok Starman its not a fav) you could give it to Kurt Russel.
Assault caused a big impression when I saw in It in my teens, and one of the first (whithou counting the Disney ones) movies I saw in Cinema was Escape from New York, and I never forget it.
But somehow I think that CArpenter is one of those directors for a period of time that enden after Memoirs of an Invisible Man, or They live is last good film in my humble opinion. I like Vampires, but just that, nice movie.
Hey better than KUROSAWA, God Carpenter never made nothing that can be compare to Ran, High and Low, The Hidden Fortress, Shichinin no samurai, and no one, but no one has ever ever showed me a film better than DERZU UZALA, just a few as good, abut very few indeed.
Yes KUROSAWA is my "alma mater" and untoucheble for me