John Carpenter Is Too Busy to Watch New Horror Movies


The filmmaker hasn't directed a movie since 2010's The Ward, which makes fans curious as to what has excited him about the horror genre recently.


For years, John Carpenter has been widely known as a master of the horror movie. However, he doesn't keep up with modern horror movies. In a new interview, John Carpenter was asked about the new horror resurgence. While he says that he keeps up with the big Academy Award movies since he gets sent screeners, he admits that he's too busy to check out the new horror movies. It's not because he doesn't like the genre, he instead blames the flood of new titles of all kinds of different subgenres as the reason. He had this to say.

"I was doing music for several years here, so I've been busy. I wasn't thinking about that. I've watched the movies they've sent out every year, the screeners for the Academy. I enjoy those. I get to catch up on some of the mainstream stuff. But the horror stuff, I don't. There's so many horror films being made at all sorts of levels. There's just so many of them. And I'm sure a bunch of them are really good. I just don't take the time to find out."

In a rare occurrence, the horror film Get Out was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Carpenter was clearly excited about the genre getting recognition, especially given his current collaboration with one of Get Out's producers.

"It’s great! I tell you, that’s the genius of Jason Blum," the filmmaker said of the nomination. "Oh, I don’t know, what am I talking about? I’m happy, really happy. I think that’s terrific."

John Carpenter has made no secret of the fact that he is selective in his choices for horror movie viewing. In fact, during the very same interview with Rotten Tomatoes, he also revealed that he has not even seen every installment of the Halloween franchise. That is ultimately one of the main reasons why he returned to the slasher franchise that he started back in 1978 for the upcoming sequel. Now that John Carpenter is back onboard with the Halloween franchise, we will see what he (along with director David Gordon Green and producer Danny McBride) can do with the beloved horror property when Halloween premieres in theaters later this year on October 19.