Although that time of year is still some weeks down the road, legendary horror filmmaker John Carpenter has swung the axe in the direction of Rob Zombie to lambast his Halloween reboot. Collider reports that the veteran director/writer outright dismissed the quality of the 2007 remake. He also went after the man himself and where there was an apparent breakdown.
The quotes derived from a Q&A with film students that occurred back in April and while footage of Carpenter's responses are strangely absent from the Internet, the remarks are now out for public consumption.
Not only was Zombie's interpretation of Michael Myers under the spotlight in the Q&A, but the interactions between the two men became a point of conjecture.
Carpenter Unloads On "Liar" Rob Zombie
Whilst Zombie does not appear to be someone you want on the wrong side of you, the 68-year old Carpenter let loose on his feelings about the man who adopted his great horror legacy and left it in pieces according to the critics.
“He lied about me," began Carpenter. "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?”
Admission That Ill-Will Could Have Affected Carpenter's Judgement
Rarely will a high profile Hollywood identity trash another compatriot so vociferously, but it is even more extraordinary to admit that personal feelings can get in the way of judging a film on its merits because of the person behind the camera.
“Frankly, that will color my response to the film," explained Carpenter. "If I take that away, I did not—I thought that he took away the mystique of the story by explaining too much about the guy. I don’t care about that. It’s supposed to be a force of nature, he’s supposed to be almost supernatural. And he was too big. It wasn’t normal.”
The Rob Zombie remake holds a mere 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.