Films that fall into the horror genre can run the gamut of plot points, but one important thing has been proven time and time again: if you’ve got a kick-ass “bad guy” in a scary movie, then the creative team is probably doing something right. Think about it: Freddy Kruger, Leatherface, Chucky the Doll, Jason Voorhees, Pumpkinhead… the list goes on and on.
Add to the above list, of course, Michael Myers, mask-wearing, knife-wielding killer from the ‘Halloween’ film franchise. Created in 1978 and directed (and scored!) by John Carpenter, the film has gone on to spawn numerous sequels, novels, comic books, video games, and even a 2007 reboot directed by Rob Zombie. With the franchise grossing over $366 million world-wide at the box office, all should be well and good, right?
Well, like any good horror film – here comes the plot twist. Carpenter has been rumored to be upset with Zombie about the tone of the reboot, even though the former has remained fairly quiet about it over the years. During a recent interview with the New York Film Academy Students, however, Carpenter laid out his feelings on the matter, in no uncertain terms:
“He [Zombie] lied about me. He said that I was very cold to him when he told me that he was going to [re]make [‘Halloween’]. 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. If I take that away, I did not… I thought that he took away the mystique of the story by explaining too much about [Michael Myers]. 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. It wasn’t normal.”
So, not only is Carpenter miffed about Zombie’s portrayal of him to the media, he’s also not thrilled about how the reboot shook out on-screen. No word on whether Zombie has something to say in return, but if he does, we will surely keep you posted!
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