John Carpenter Says You Should "Be Kind to Directors, We Need Your Love"

Legendary filmmaker and musician John Carpenter isn't slowing down anytime soon, and we love him for it. Having caught his tour back in 2017, we can say he's still got the energy of a man 30-years his junior, and continues to keep busy.

John Carpenter Says You Should "Be Kind to Directors, We Need Your Love"

He's probably most well-known for his directing, a slew of classic titles that are still pointed to today with admiration and ground-breaking legacies. HalloweenThey Live!The ThingEscape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China, and Starman just to name a few.

"Every director makes films with creativity. You should be kind to directors. We need your love," Carpenter says.

In a recent chat with our friends over at Collider during Cannes International Film Festival where he was awarded the French Directors' Guild's Carrosse d'Or Award, John spoke a bit about all the things on his mind currently- from US President Trump, religion (or lack of it), horror as a genre, and what's on the horizon for projects.

John Carpenter Says You Should "Be Kind to Directors, We Need Your Love"
John Carpenter performs a piece from "The Thing" during his 2017 tour at the Warfield in San Francisco, CA
Photo by Mary Anne Butler

"Genres always change. Horror has been with cinema since the very beginning and every generation makes it with their own sensibilities and fears," Carpenter says of the genre he's most recognized for. "It will always be with us because every human being is scared. We were all born afraid. We're afraid of our own death–every fear you have I have. It's universal. Humor isn't always universal. Fear is. That's why horror is so incredible."

Collider asked Carpenter if he would possibly consider doing a film with the current state of American politics as a background horror element.

"No. It's too real and awful. I truly am scared for my country right now. We're in really dangerous times.

I'm really afraid he won't let go of power. He's laid down the red carpet for bigots, for people I knew when I was young in the South. He's turned over the rock and the things that crawl out! And they're not ashamed. That scares me. There's cruelty, there are killings, there's hatred of other people, of immigrants. But I think that's worldwide. Why did this come back?"

As to what's next for the 71-year old? No current films on his roster.

"I don't have one scheduled but I'm working on things. I made a lot of movies and I got burned out and I had to stop for a while. I have to have a life. Circumstance would have to be correct for me to do it again. I'd love to make a little horror film that would be great or a big adventure film. It would be a project that I like that's budgeted correctly. Nowadays they make these young directors do movie for $2 million when the movie is written for $10 million. So you have to squeeze it all in there and I don't want to do that any more."

But what about a possible tv project?

"I would do one."

Yes please!

What's your favorite Carpenter title?

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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