Just before I went on my hols, I broke the news story that John Carpenter is returning to the Halloween franchise for the first time since he co-wrote Halloween II. Since then its all gone quiet, with the planning afoot and ideas floating around, us Halloween fans are intrigued into where they can take Michael Myers next and most importantly…..can they make The Shape, scary again?
Carpenter whose direction and musical skills led to Halloween being one of the most scariest films ever to be released and also causing a slasher boom in the early 80’s, has been talking about one horror franchise and its that of Jason and Friday 13th, and here is what he had to say.
“One springs from an organic idea and has a truly artist’s eye working. And ‘Friday the 13th’, I feel, affects me as very cynical. It’s very cynical moviemaking. It just doesn’t rise above its cheapness. I think the reason that all these slasher movies came in the ’80s was a lot of folks said “look at that ‘Halloween’ movie. It was made for peanuts, and look at the money it’s made! We can make money like that. That’s what the teenagers want to see.” So they just started making them, cranking them out…most of them were awful.”
He does have a point, but for once I have to disagree with the legendary director. Jason and his mother was born out of the success of Halloween and while the films were cheaply made, they were still loads of fun and you cant deny that the sequels, were massively popular when released back in the day. The cheapness of tone is the undying charm of the old films and the reason why fans still watch to this day!
Lets hope we get more on the Halloween news from Carpenter and less of Friday 13th in the near future.