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John Carpenter puts HALLOWEEN feud with Rob Zombie to rest

Armando Dela Cruz
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John Carpenter puts HALLOWEEN feud with Rob Zombie to rest

A video interview posted on Bloody Disgusting resurged a long-dormant feud between directors, John Carpenter and Rob Zombie. The former is responsible for the seminal 1978 classic, which the latter reinterpreted as a two-part film series in 2007.

The feud seems to stem from Zombie’s claims that Carpenter had treated him coldly during the making of his remake. Carpenter, however, bounced back in an interview by saying, quite passionately: “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 shit lied, I don’t know.”

The interview happened at a forum conducted by the New York Film Academy, which uploaded the video back in April. Carpenter, however, was quick to put the issue to rest, taking to Twitter to clear the air. “We spoke Sunday,” he tweeted. “We buried the hatchet. Let’s move on.”

Why this “feud” is getting sudden attention is beyond me. Zombie’s new film recently opened to mixed reviews; the film, however, is yet to hit theaters in countries outside of the U.S.

The only real takeaway from this is that there should not have been a feud in the first place. Zombie’s Halloween---hated for ostensibly “overthrowing” the notion established in the original that the masked killer, Michael Myers, is the very personification of pure evil---in fact, reinforces Carpenter’s vision for the character. Despite numerous attempts to debunk the trappings inside Michael’s head, Dr. Samuel Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) finds that his subject is, indeed, stricken not by a mental disorder, but by an inherent evil, and one that runs in the family.

Why all this is important, by the way, is because a new Halloween film is in the works, and Carpenter is involved! Read more in this article.


Armando Dela Cruz is a film critic at the film appreciation website, Film Police Reviews. Follow him on Twitter, here.

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One-EyeSeptember 29, 2016 1:19 PM

People hate Zombie's HALLOWEEN because it's a repulsive piece of shit.

Just like everything Rob Zombie has ever made.

bricriu .September 29, 2016 1:55 PM

The Devil's Rejects was a decent movie. I've always wished he would go ahead and dial the camp up to 11, like a satanic version of PeeWee's Playhouse. It'd be different which the horror genre desperately needs right now.

Witches of Salem was godawful. I literally think it got made because Zombie has a fetish driving him to show off his wife prancing around in her skivvies.

MehliensSeptember 29, 2016 2:05 PM


KurtSeptember 29, 2016 8:00 PM

I agree. Devil's Rejects is a masterpiece. Everything else Rob Zombie has made has been mediocre junk.

One-EyeSeptember 29, 2016 8:52 PM

Criticise Rob Zombie and it's just a matter of time until someone brings up THE DEVIL'S REJECTS like it's some brilliant anomaly in his career.

No, I hated it too.

I even saw that cartoon he did and it was disgusting.

bricriu .September 29, 2016 11:48 PM

equal opportunity shitposting etiquette requires i bring up the fact that john carpenter hasn't made a good movie in over 20 years.

One-EyeSeptember 29, 2016 11:50 PM

To be fair, he hasn't really tried.

Watch or read any interview with him. He doesn't care.

bricriu .September 29, 2016 11:51 PM

that kinda makes it worse, doesn't it?

One-EyeSeptember 29, 2016 11:52 PM

Those albums he's done are fucking great, though.

UilickMcGeeSeptember 30, 2016 7:05 PM

Never got the love for any of the Halloween movies. I've always been more blown away by Prince of Darkness or The Thing. They really pushed the envelope in terms of style and story; Halloween is always going to be a slasher movie in my book.
I even like Mouth of Madness more than Halloween...

Either way JC is coming to Dublin on Oct 25th to play his themes. Can't wait.

wabaliciousOctober 1, 2016 8:32 AM

Yeah, it was phenomenal. Just a dirty, horrible, repulsive piece of trash but i loved it. Normally that kind of film is not my cup of tea, but The Devil's Rejects was great. I totally agree though, he has never made another film that could even be described as "decent".

God of JoyOctober 2, 2016 1:49 AM

I like John Carpenter. I like Rob Zombie. Both directors have strong and weak entries in their careers. There is no reason I can't enjoy both their interpretations of Halloween 1. (shrug) I just love horror movies.

Ryo ShenmueOctober 4, 2016 10:54 PM

Putting Rob Zombie in the same sentence as John Carpenter is an insult to cinema. Zombie is a loser, he's not a director nor will he ever be one. His entire career is a weak entry.

Ryo ShenmueOctober 4, 2016 10:58 PM

In The Mouth of Madness is one of the greatest horror films of all time. The fact you don't understand the love for Halloween means you simply don't understand anything about horror. Halloween is horror film school, it has fantastic photography by the legendary Dean Cundey, which perfectly conveys the horror required, and it also has one of the greatest build ups in film history. THAT's how you execute a build up. Every scene is amazingly shot to create a subtle and mysterious sense of terror and every scene comes from a mind who understand horror more than any other artist ever; which is why, unlike most horror films, especially nowadays, Michael Myers never pops up from out of the frame to give cheap jump scares. Halloween is film school.