Long time readers of HCF will know that Halloween is my favourite horror film of all time, its the reason why I love the genre so much, while Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 remake is probably my most hatred film of all time.
For years though, fans have wondered what original director and creator of Michael Myers, John Carpenter, thought of the attempt at bringing Haddonfield to a whole new generation, and Carpenter did not hold back in his feelings.
“He lied about me,” Carpenter explained when 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 colour my response to the film.”
Carpenter believes Zombie’s main flaw of his vision was stripping the masked psycho of his mystique. Even though to be fair on this one, after numerous sequels, that presence is surely missing.
“I thought he took away the mystique of the story by explaining too much about the guy, 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.”
“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 added.
“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.”
“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.”
It was only announced a few months back that Carpenter is back in the Halloween franchise, working behind the scenes of a new sequel that has got many fans like myself, overwhelmed with excitement. After the stink Halloween 2 caused at the cinema, and lets he honest, it was a box office bomb, is there really still life in the Halloween franchise?
We have to wait and see!
Source: Bloody Disgusting!