John Carpenter Slams ‘Friday the 13th’ Franchise, Calls It Cynical [Video]

John Carpenter Slams ‘Friday the 13th’ Franchise, Calls It Cynical [Video]

John Carpenter is perhaps one of the most legendary horror film directors of all time. To most, he is the origin of all slasher films that came out of the ‘80s, ‘90s and today, following his successful indie film, Halloween.

But what Carpenter is perhaps the least happy about is how film franchises like Friday the 13th followed in his footsteps and cashed in on his epic film to make loads of money with “cheapness.”

In an interview with screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis, as reported by IndieWire, John Carpenter opened up about the rise of the slasher film genre, which includes Friday the 13th, following his groundbreaking Halloween film. But what he saw was not something original, but more of a carbon copy of his own idea.

“I think the reason that all these slasher movies came in the ’80s was a lot of folks said, ‘Look at that Halloween movie. It was made for peanuts, and look at the money it’s made! We can make money like that. That’s what the teenagers want to see,’” Carpenter said. “So they just started making them, cranking them out… most of them were awful.”

There is a certain amount of obvious truth to what John Carpenter said there. But it might be worth nothing that not all of the slasher films that followed ended up with a franchise, with some exceptions. But Friday the 13th, on the other hand, ended up with more sequels than Halloween and has since went on to become much bigger than the namesake of the movie, with a major character like Jason Voorhees.

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“One sprints from an organic idea and has a truly artist’s eye working,” Carpenter said. “And Friday the 13th, I feel, affects me as very cynical. It’s very cynical moviemaking. It just doesn’t rise above its cheapness.”

Maybe it is just his way of coming back and repairing an industry genre that he pioneered, but John Carpenter has officially announced that he is returning to the Halloween franchise in this 11th installment as an executive producer for the film, and he has something very important in mind.

“Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween, I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all,” Carpenter said.

There has been no word yet as to when the next Halloween film will be released, but there is another Friday the 13th film that is scheduled to be released early next year. It appears as though 2017 may be the year that John Carpenter will get a true answer to his hypothesis and we will see which film does better at the box-office.

See below for John Carpenter’s interview from December 2015 just ahead of the Leeds Film Festival.

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