Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween, released in 2007, is one of the most divisive films ever released. Horror fans either loved it or hated it with a passion with very few taking a middle-ground stance. One person who remained surprisingly mum throughout it all was John Carpenter, the groundbreaking fear practitioner who wrote and directed the first Halloween back in 1977—until now, that is!
Recently, Carpenter was the focus of a panel discussion at New York Film Academy during which he fielded questions, including his thoughts about Zombie’s adaptation. Never one to mince words, Carpenter was blunt. Of the film, he stated:
“I thought that [Zombie] 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.”
On Zombie himself, however, Carpenter is even less kind. Apparently, he takes issue over comments Zombie made on a Halloween documentary where he claimed Carpenter was less than supportive in the remake endeavor.
“He lied about me. He said that I was very cold to him when he told me that he was going to make [Halloween],” said Carpenter. “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?”
You can see the panel in its entirety in the video below.
Another re-adaptation of Halloween is currently in development. Obviously, Zombie will have nothing to do with it.