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John Carpenter doesn’t care about Halloween remakes

“My film exists. Make your own,” Carpenter said. “You want to pay me a few dollars, fine. Have fun.”

The success of Halloween Ends has put Michael Myers and Jamie Lee Curtis back in the spotlight, but it’s also been a chance for horror fans to pause and pay tribute to John Carpenter. While Carpenter is no longer at the helm of the series (although he contributed the music to all of David Gordon Green’s reboots), many cinephiles will always see him as the face of the slasher franchise he created.

In a new interview with Vulture, the unfiltered director-songwriter was asked about his thoughts on the “Halloween” franchise. As it turns out, he doesn’t have many of them.

“I don’t care,” Carpenter said when asked about the franchise’s legacy. “I really don’t care.”

The filmmaker stated that despite creating Michael Myers, he doesn’t feel much responsibility for the other films starring the legendary slasher villain.

“The ‘Halloween’ movie that I love the most is the one I made and directed in 1978,” he said. “Others are other people’s visions. That’s how it goes. This is what happens when you give up. I didn’t want to direct a sequel. I didn’t think there was another story. Boy, am I wrong, huh?”

While Carpenter appreciates the money he gets when people remake his films, he doesn’t spend much time thinking about the quality of those remakes.

“For me, there are two types of remakes,” he said. “One is where I am the originator of the material. I wrote the script. Second, it was an order from the studio. ‘We want you to do this.’ If it’s a studio commission, they don’t pay me to do a remake. You own the material. When I’ve done the script, they have to pay me. This is the kind of sequel I like. My film exists. make your own You want to pay me a few bucks, fine. Having a good time.”

This lack of sentimentality extends to his existing films as well, as Carpenter also revealed he has little interest in going back and revisiting his own work.

“Never. I don’t want to see it,” he said. “When I look at my old films, I see the mistakes and the things I didn’t do, and I start to be like, ‘What am I doing? This is stupid. Why didn’t I do that?’ It’s painful. I don’t want that, so I’m not watching.”

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