Horror movie maestro John Carpenter hasn't seen all the Halloween movies, despite creating the series himself 40 years ago. Halloween is one of the longest-running horror franchises in film history, and it all began with Carpenter's original film in 1978, which he co-wrote with his writing partner, Debra Hill. In addition to achieving critical acclaim, Halloween grossed $70 million - thanks to strong word-of-mouth - against a production budget of only $300,000. And that success is what kickstarted the Halloween franchise.
Carpenter and Hill both co-wrote and produced the sequel, Halloween II, which saw Rick Rosenthal take over directing duties. Unfortunately, the writing duo couldn't save the sequel from being a critical disaster and commercial disappointment. But since the film grossed significantly more than its production budget, it was enough to justify a third movie. Carpenter returned to produce and compose Halloween III: Season of the Witch in 1982, but it was the last time that he did so. Hollywood has put out seven more Halloween movies since Carpenter exited the franchise. And while many fans may have seen each installment, Carpenter hasn't.
John Carpenter briefly discussed his history with the Halloween franchise in an interview with Rotten Tomatoes this week. When discussing his involvement in Blumhouse's 2018 Halloween film, Carpenter admitted that he hasn't seen all the movies yet.
"You know, you know I talked about the Halloweens for a long time, the sequels — I haven’t even seen all of them. I don’t even know what really was there — but finally, it occurred to me: Well if I’m just flapping my gums here, talking about it, why don’t I try to make it as good as I can? I could offer advice. I could talk to the director. I like the director very much. I like the script. So, you know, stop throwing rocks from the sidelines and get in there and try to do something positive."
A total of 10 Halloween films have released so far, and Carpenter was only involved in the first three installments. That's all going to change due to his involvement with Blumhouse's upcoming sequel. David Gordon Green is directing Halloween (2018) based on a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film initially started out as a reboot but is now a direct sequel to Carpenter's 1978 Halloween, taking place 40 years after the events of the original film. Jamie Lee Curtis is reprising her role as Laurie Strode, with Nick Castle returning as the Shape/Michael Myers.
Given that Carpenter is returning to the Halloween franchise after all the years, perhaps he'll finally give the previous movies a shot. Then again, considering that Blumhouse's film glosses over those movies, Carpenter doesn't really need to spend his time watching at least seven Halloween movies.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes
- Halloween (2018) release date: Oct 19, 2018