The thing about remakes is that they’re always going to be compared to the original and the people that worked on the original movie probably aren’t going to be too fond of someone coming in and trying to alter their vision in their own style.
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This was certainly the case in terms of John Carpenter and Rob Zombie’s remake of the horror classic Halloween. Carpenter initially seemed to give Zombie his blessing, but things went south pretty quickly after that, judging by what Carpenter said about him at the New York Film Academy over the weekend.
You can watch the full interview below, but here’s the crucial part where Carpenter full on disses Rob Zombie:
He lied about me. He said that I was very cold to him when he told me that he was going to make [Halloween]. 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?
So, frankly, that will colour my response to the film. If I take that away, I did not… I thought that 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. It wasn’t normal.
Well, that escalated quickly huh? Sounds like something else is going on behind the scenes and there’s a bit more to this than meets the eye. Seems like Carpenter and Zombie do NOT like each other though. Can’t say I agree with him about Zombie’s remake of Halloween though – I thought that was completely sick and he did make it his own. I guess you can’t please everyone though.
Have you seen the trailer for Rob Zombie’s new movie yet? Looks good.