Legendary horror director John Carpenter is throwing some serious shade at the “Friday The 13th”; franchise.
The man behind the iconic films “Halloween”; and “The Thing”; wasn’t mincing words on author Bret Easton Ellis’ podcast. Carpenter was on the podcast to talk about his many contributions to the horror genre, but trash-talked the “Friday The 13th”; franchise, calling it out for “cheapness.”;
“One sprints from an organic idea and has a truly artist’s eye working,”; he said. “And “Friday the 13th’, I feel, affects me as very cynical. It’s very cynical movie-making. It just doesn’t rise above its cheapness.”;
Carpenter acknowledges the money-making machine and influx of quick sequels that spawned in the 1980s, based largely off the unexpected success of his low-budget “Halloween”;.
“I think the reason that all these slasher movies came in the ’80s was a lot of folks said, “Look at that “Halloween’ movie,'”; he said. “It was made for peanuts, and look at the money it’s made! We can make money like that.”; The original “Halloween”; film cost $300,000 to make in 1978 and grossed over $47 million in the US. The film had seven sequels through the 1980s and 1990s, with the final chapter coming in 2002’s “Halloween: Resurrection”;.
“That’s what the teenagers want to see,”; he says of the slasher genre. “So they just started making them, cranking them out … most of them were awful.”;
It was recently announced that Carpenter would return to “Halloween”; as an executive producer of a new installment in the long-running franchise.