If you’re a lifelong fan of horror legend John Carpenter you’re aware of a few things: he can scare the crap out of us, his music is mesmerizing, and he’s never afraid to say what’s on his mind. You only need to watch a few interviews or listen to his DVD commentaries to fully understand that. This time, he’s got musician/filmmaker Rob Zombie in his crosshairs. He had a few things to say about the director of the HALLOWEEN remake, and nothing of it was nice.
Entertainment Weekly covered a talk given by the 68-year- old filmmaker to a group of students at the New York Film Academy. Of Zombie, he says:
“He lied about me. 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 s— lied, I don’t know.”
Carpenter then went on to share his thoughts on the 2007 remake itself:
“I thought he took away the mystique of the story by explaining too much about [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, it wasn’t normal.”
What’s interesting to note is that in 2006 Rob Zombie had something very different to say about his interactions with John Carpenter. In 2006, mtv.com reported that Zombie claimed Carpenter was supportive when he reached out to him.
“The original ‘Halloween’ is hallowed ground to me, and I talked to him about it and he was very supportive of what I wanted to do,” Zombie said. “He said, “Go for it, Rob. Make it your own.” And that’s exactly what I intend to do.”
In a BBC News article, Zombie said that Carpenter was even excited about the project. “He was very supportive, which I thought was very important,” said Zombie.”
But then, in 2010, during an interview for the Biography Channel special “Halloween: The Inside Story,” Zombie told a different story:
“…and the conversation pretty much went exactly like this, ‘Hey John, it’s Rob.’ ‘Hey.’ ‘Just wanted to tell you I’m doing a remake of Halloween.’ And there’s a weird silence and he goes, ‘So, whaddya want me to say?’ ‘I don’t want you to say anything I just wanted to tell ya.’ And he goes, ‘OK, uh, have fun with it.’ ‘OK.’”
Whatever the reason for the change of tone of Zombie’s part, the remarks left a sour taste in Carpenter’s mouth and colored his perception of Zombie’s two HALLOWEEN films. John Carpenter will again have the opportunity to leave his mark in the world of Michael Myers, as he’s serving as executive producer on the next installment of the franchise. Of that upcoming film, Carpenter said:
“Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.”
UPDATE: Beef squashed!