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Halloween has just been released in cinemas worldwide and the sequel to 1978’s Halloween has mostly received positive reviews. No figure is more synonymous with the creation of the Halloween franchise than John Carpenter and, in an interview with Collider, he had the chance to speak about many aspects of Halloween.
This is what John Carpenter had to say on the reaction he had when he was approached about a new Halloween film:
“Well, the Weinsteins lost the rights so immediately I thought, ‘Well, maybe this could be good.’ They went to Miramax, and Jason Blum came aboard. And Jason Blum talked to me and he convinced me to work on the Halloween movie. And he said, ‘They’re gonna make it with or without us, so why don’t we work together on the movie and make it better? Make it good?’ So I thought, ‘Okay, I can do that.’”
John Carpenter also spoke about being scared and the difference someone has being scared now compared to when he made the original Halloween:
“Oh, well everybody in life is scared of the same things, so in movies the requirement is that the audience should find a character that they can project themselves onto and then things happen to that character, they care. So that’s how you scare people, and then just not doing what’s been done. That’s all. Coming up with something new, which I think David really did well.”
“Real life scares me, not movie life … I think about being a kid in Syria and what Assad did by dropping chemical weapons. It terrifies me that a human being is capable of that. That’s frightening.”
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