John Carpenter is best-known for his work on the Halloween franchise. But what does he think about modern horror films in general?
What does it take to scare the master of horror, John Carpenter? A lot, actually. In a recent interview with Comic Book, Carpenter discussed his opinion of modern horror films.
Does he get afraid of movies that have come out in the last couple of years? Not exactly. When the publication asked him if he gets frightened while watching newer horror films, he said he sees “plumbing.”
Carpenter went on to expand on this by commenting that he has seen so much at his age, that it’s more difficult for him to get scared. That is understandable. The more horror movies you watch, the further desensitized you get to their concepts.
It’s why the movies made now that stand out most come from a unique approach rather than being the nth reboot or sequel. You can hardly classify films like Get Out or Midsommar under the same umbrella as Saw 7 or Annabelle 3.
Speaking of Jordan Peele and Ari Aster, they are taking horror in the exact direction Carpenter thinks the genre needs. New movies shouldn’t try to retread territory that has been trampled countless times. Carpenter became famous because he was doing things people hadn’t seen before.
John Carpenter is renowned for his work on the Halloween franchise. He will be returning alongside Jamie Lee Curtis for the upcoming movies, Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends. Do his comments to Comic Book mean he finds no horror unsettling? Not exactly.
He did think the Swedish film, Let the Right One In (2008), brought a fresh take to the vampire myth. The film managed to impress Carpenter enough for him to comment on it.
What do you think about John Carpenter’s opinion? What modern horror films genuinely frightened you?
Halloween Kills will be released in theaters on Oct. 16, 2020.