September 29, 2016


John Carpenter Ends 'Halloween' Beef with Rob Zombie

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Update (9/29 at 11:45am): Sorry folks, but the beef between John Carpenter and Rob Zombie is now over. Well, at least according to Carpenter's tweet on Tuesday. "To everyone fascinated with the JC/RZ feud, old news. We spoke Sunday, we buried the hatchet. Let's move on," he wrote.

Original Story (9/26 at 9:45am): The latest beef to arise from Hollywood recently isn't from pop stars, but between two major directors. In a recently resurfaced interview (via EW), John Carpenter talked about his true feelings for fellow director Rob Zombie and his remake of the classic Halloween movie. The chat with New York Film Academy students is now deleted.

Carpenter, the legendary director behind epic horror films like The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13 and the original Halloween (released in 1978), called out Zombie. “He lied about me. He said I was very cold to him when he told me he was going to make it," the director says, referencing an interview Zombie had done about production of his Halloween remake. 

"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," Carpenter continued.

The shade grew even thicker when Carpenter was asked for his thoughts on the Halloween remake: “I thought 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.” Ouch.

Zombie's Halloween was released in 2007, and a sequel followed two years later. But Carpenter is ready to show who's the true king of horror, as he is executive producing the 11th film in the Halloween saga. “Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween, I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all,” he said earlier this year.

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