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John Carpenter talks horror in the digital era with AITH

May. 31, 2011by:
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Horror is a genre that is constantly changing, and so it's rare to find a fixture that has lasted for so long through all the different ages.

John Carpenter is one of the few that fits that bill, a true legend of horror, and our boys at AITH were lucky enough to get to talk to him recently about his upcoming film THE WARD, and what he thinks of horror in the digital era.

Here are a few highlights, and you can check out the whole thing over at AITH.

What’s your thoughts on the latest trends of horror movies being pushed for a more PG-13 crowd?

Most of the movies I grew up with were G, horror films were rated G in those days. Eh and then they began to push the envelope. I think if it’s a good movie it doesn’t really matter. That’s all that counts.

Do you like the way that the movie industry is heading with this digital distribution model or do you prefer the theater experience?

Listen man, I always prefer the old days. It was great when there was some sort of anticipation about something. You couldn’t wait for it to come out. Yes I wish it was the old days and everyone didn’t know everything. All these magazines come out that describe exactly how things are done. So everyone is a little smart ass now. Everybody know… I didn’t want to know I wanted everything to be magic. I wish it was back like that again. See when I was a kid this is all magical shit to me. Wow look at that! Now it’s like… Ah… ok… fine. We’re all cynics. I’m an old guy now, bitching about where are the old days, where have they gone? Don’t pay any attention to me.

Check out the rest here.

Extra Tidbit: Favorite Carpenter movie?
Source: AITH

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3:50PM on 05/31/2011
3 words, Big Trouble Sequel.
3 words, Big Trouble Sequel.
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4:33PM on 05/31/2011
Always did want to know what happed to that monster at the end.
Always did want to know what happed to that monster at the end.
4:35PM on 05/31/2011
Cannot agree with him more about the PG-13 thing
Cannot agree with him more about the PG-13 thing
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5:08PM on 05/31/2011

different times

Studios never forced a rating onto a film during production back in the 70's and 50's. I think that's the difference these days. Now the production team cant just tell a story and let it be what it turns out to be, they have to mindfully cut around ideas which might be too graphic. Studios want horror to be action or family comedy, and bring in that kind of money. But it simply isn't for the mainstream like disney is. Keeping the budgets low and telling a good scary story is the best way to
Studios never forced a rating onto a film during production back in the 70's and 50's. I think that's the difference these days. Now the production team cant just tell a story and let it be what it turns out to be, they have to mindfully cut around ideas which might be too graphic. Studios want horror to be action or family comedy, and bring in that kind of money. But it simply isn't for the mainstream like disney is. Keeping the budgets low and telling a good scary story is the best way to pull a profit. And with todays technology it's far easier to stumble into R-rated horror and the audiences tolerance is much higher. I love the old monster movies but they aren't going to scare todays audiences.
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1:05AM on 06/01/2011

A couple of words...

John carpenter owns. I wished he would do a follow up to ghosts on mars. I hope the ward don't suck. everybody saids it does.
John carpenter owns. I wished he would do a follow up to ghosts on mars. I hope the ward don't suck. everybody saids it does.
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11:44AM on 06/01/2011
Horror was considered to be exploitation movies back in the day. More that a few writers and directors in the 70's were given the choice, shoot horror or porn.
Horror was considered to be exploitation movies back in the day. More that a few writers and directors in the 70's were given the choice, shoot horror or porn.
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11:44AM on 06/01/2011
Double double with cheese
Double double with cheese
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