Horror maestro John Carpenter may not have directed a scary film since The Ward was released in 2010, but the legendary filmmaker earned the respect of horror fans everywhere long ago thanks to classic movies such as Halloween, Christine and The Thing.
Now that Carpenter is set to bring the scares back as , all eyes have turned once again to the ageing director and his stance on the current state of the genre. Much has changed since and apparently, the outspoken filmmaker doesn’t like what he sees.
After Carpenter recently described the original Friday the 13th film as a of his very own slasher franchise, the Halloween director is at it again, this time taking aim at Robert Kirkman’s monster TV hit, The Walking Dead.
On an episode of Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast, Carpenter made some unfavorable comparisons between the zombie show and a little known indie called Night of the Living Dead, saying that;
“[The Walking Dead] was a movie that George Romero made back in 1968, and they have milked that, and they are still milking it.”
The Walking Dead may not be the perfect show, but it seems harsh to criticise Kirkman’s adaptation on those grounds. Every zombie property released since Night of the Living Dead undoubtedly shares some DNA with George Romero’s classic, just as every slasher made since Halloween owes a debt to Carpenter, but Kirkman’s show is still remarkably different from the film for the most part.
The whole premise of The Walking Dead is that it continues the story where a typical zombie movie would end, enabling viewers to delve far deeper into the undead nightmare than any film ever could. Romero may have laid down the groundwork with his seminal movies, but Kirkman’s show is an entirely different beast, resurrecting the undead genre for a whole new generation of fans.
To be fair though, Carpenter has more than earned the right to critique the current state of horror After all, his influence can still be seen in a huge number of films and shows released today, including , It Follows and The Guest. Oh and did we mention that either?
Maybe they just didn’t like . Either way, let’s just hope Carpenter can put his money where his mouth is and deliver with the next instalment of the Halloween franchise or the acclaimed filmmaker will have to eat his own words.
Do you think that The Walking Dead is just a Romero rip-off? And will the next Halloween film return the franchise to greatness?
The day someone green-lights a Marvel Zombies Ghibli film directed by Xavier Dolan is the day I will be happy. Any day now…