John Carpenter Slams Rob Zombie’s “Halloween”

Horror legend John Carpenter (“Halloween,” “The Thing”) is a man who is quite bluntly honest about not just other’s works but the various remakes of his own films – even the ones he scored a producer credit on.

Earlier this year Carpenter took part in an interview with the New York Film Academy, and over the weekend a comment from that has been making the rounds in which Carpenter discussed his thoughts on Rob Zombie’s 2007 reboot of “Halloween”.

It was then that Carpenter revealed that he was supposed to take part in a documentary series on the whole franchise, but saw Rob Zombie’s interview in which he lied about Carpenter and took offense to that:

“He lied about me. He said that I was very cold to him when he told me that he was going to 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 s–t 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.”

2007’s “Halloween” grossed $80.2 million worldwide, its follow-up earning less than half that. The rights to the franchise now lie with Blumhouse and Carpenter himself is coming aboard to executive produce a new sequel with longtime franchise producer Malak Akkad.

You can check out the full interview with Carpenter at NYFA, and the clip about “Halloween” at Youtube.