John Carpenter is known to cast the same actors repeatedly, and Kurt Russell is a notable example. That includes his typeface choices. Interestingly enough, when Russell stars in Carpenter films, the opening credit is almost always typeset in Albertus, apart from Elvis (1979). Carpenter, Russell, and Albertus became the hidden ingredients for cult success recipe.
Carpenter uses Albertus again in Big Trouble In Little China. The title logo is custom-lettered, but otherwise the film uses Albertus throughout, including the ending credit.
The strength of Albertus is well demonstrated here. The text is quite blurry even in the high definition format, but the robust design of the typeface makes sure that its feature survives. Especially in the days of VHS when fine details might disappear easily, typefaces like Albertus and Optima would have been good substitutes for a conventional roman.
Title designed by Dan Curry, titles by Cinema Research Corporation, and opticals by Pacific Title (the same company who did Escape From New York).