John Carpenter on Rob Zombie….

Posted: 09/26/2016 in Uncategorized


John Carpenter Toilet Papers Rob Zombie’s Halloween

Horror veteran John Carpenter says Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake was a trick but not a treat.

NEWSTony Sokol

Sep 26, 2016

The night before Halloween is “cabbage night” in the New York metro area. In some part of America, it is called “goosey night.”  Legendary horror director John Carpenter would probably call it “mischief night,” regardless of whose candy he was bagging. Carpenter is an anti-Hollywood filmmaker who doesn’t care which bells he rings before running.

In a recent interview at the New York Film Academy, Carpenter left a hot steaming bag burning on Rob Zombie’s porch when asked about the 2007 remake of his classic Halloween.

“He lied about me,” Carpenter told to the students after he was asked about an interview Zombie gave about his Halloween adaptation. “He said I was very cold to him when he told me he was going to make it. Nothing could be further from the truth. I said, ‘Make it your own movie, man. This is yours now. Don’t worry about me.’ I was incredibly supportive. Why that piece of shit lied, I don’t know. He had no reason to. Why did he do it? So, frankly, that will color my response to the film.”

Carpenter, who also directed The Fog, Christine, and Assault on Precinct 13, believes Zombie’s movie stripped the mystery from the man in the Captain James T. Kirk mask.

“I thought he took away the mystique of the story by explaining too much about the guy [Michael Myers],” Carpenter said. “I don’t care about that. He’s supposed to be a force of nature, he’s supposed to be almost supernatural, and he was too big.”

But Carpenter isn’t too big a fan of the horror film remake trend in general.

“Remakes in general are popular now because of the amount of money a company has to spend advertising to get people in the theaters,” Carpenter said.

“One way to cut through the clutter of advertising that’s out there is to come up with a title, in recent memory that they’ve heard of. So, for instance, all the horror remakes, maybe the thinking is ‘maybe you saw it with your brother when you were young on home video or on television. We’re going to update it.’ So it has a built-in awareness which is the number they’re trying to reach to get the audience the customer aware that the movie is in the theaters. That’s why they tend to remake horror.”

But Carpenter still believes in scary movies.

“Horror has been with cinema since the very beginning. It grew up part and parcel with the image with cinema. It will always be with us. It’s one of the most popular genres of all time. It’s an all-purpose genre because it keeps changings. Every culture, every few years it morphs. It changes into something else. It brings the sensibilities of the age in which its made. That’s what’s so fabulous.

“If you look at Frankenstein or Dracula or The Bride of Frankenstein, they are very much of the thirties, the depression. They’re speaking to those audiences. But if you look at modern horror films they’re speaking to you guys.”



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