Despite its perilously low budget, John Carpenters Halloween has been regarded as a horror classic from the day it was released, but the director isn't too impressed with the slew of copycat slasher films that his creation spawned. Especially one featuring a certain Jason.
Although movies such as Nightmare on Elm Street became huge cultural touchstones of their time, Carpenter isn't entirely proud of the flurry of cinematic stabbings that he inspired.
The veteran director appeared on Bret Easton Ellis's podcast where he accused other directors of trying to imitate his movie in an attempt to rake in easy money, and he has particular disdain for Friday the 13th, he said:
"One sprints from an organic idea and has a truly artist’s eye working and ‘Friday the 13th,’ I feel, affects me as very cynical. It’s very cynical moviemaking. It just doesn’t rise above its cheapness.”
“I think the reason that all these slasher movies came in the ’80s was a lot of folks said, ‘Look at that ‘Halloween’ movie. It was made for peanuts, and look at the money it’s made! We can make money like that. That’s what the teenagers want to see. So they just started making them, cranking them out…most of them were awful.”
Carpenter is back in the horror spotlight recently after he was signed up to produce the next movie in the Halloween franchise which will be the 11th to be released to date.
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