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Why John Carpenter Doesn’t Keep Up With Modern Horror Movies

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For years, John Carpenter has been widely known as a master of the horror movie. He played a pivotal role in the creation of the modern slasher genre with 1978's Halloween, and his 1982 classic, The Thing, remains a mainstay amongst horror fans. However, it turns out that Carpenter has not really spent much time watching modern horror movies, because he has been so busy touring his music act. In a recent interview, Carpenter explained:

I was doing music for several years here, so I've been busy. I wasn't thinking about that. I've watched the movies they've sent out every year, the screeners for the Academy. I enjoy those. I get to catch up on some of the mainstream stuff. But the horror stuff, I don't. There's so many horror films being made at all sorts of levels. There's just so many of them. And I'm sure a bunch of them are really good. I just don't take the time to find out.

John Carpenter has made no secret of the fact that he is selective in his choices for horror movie viewing. In fact, during the very same interview with Rotten Tomatoes, he also revealed that he has not even seen every installment of the Halloween franchise. That is ultimately one of the main reasons why he returned to the slasher franchise that he started back in 1978 for the upcoming sequel. He is done talking about the series and the genre as a whole, and he now wants to get back to work to see what he can do with the world of Michael Myers.

Despite everything, John Carpenter continues to hold some pretty stern opinions about specific avenues about the horror genre. In particular, he was a notable critic of Rob Zombie's Halloween reboots, which include 2007's Halloween and 2009's Halloween II.

One element of John Carpenter's remark on the state of the horror genre that seems worth honing in on is the fact that the category arguably remains underrepresented by Hollywood's more prestigious institutions. He still takes the time to watch awards screeners, but that inherently means horror does not come to him quite as much, because horror does not get much attention during awards season. That said, the genre is definitely having a moment right now with films like Get Out (a rare, award-nominated horror flick) and _The Conjuring _universe, so let's keep our fingers crossed that Carpenter eventually gets to see more contemporary installments in the next few years.

Now that John Carpenter is back onboard with the Halloween franchise, we will see what he (along with director David Gordon Green and producer Danny McBride) can do with the beloved horror property when Halloween premieres in theaters later this year on October 19.

Conner Schwerdtfeger
Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.