In this day and age, the name Rob Zombie is synonymous with both an artist that has the weirdest album titles ever and a film director of several horror films in the past decade. When he’s not on tour, Zombie dedicates his time to make movies, with his most recent entry 31 released earlier this month, nine years ago, he did a remake of 1978’s original slasher movie Halloween. The movie received polarized reception for Zombie’s approach of the classic film, but the harshest one came from the legendary director of the original film, John Carpenter, who said some very unflattering things about Zombie.
During a discussion at the New York Film Academy, Carpenter didn’t hold back when asked what he thought of Zombie, calling him a lying “piece of shit:”
“He lied about me. He said I was very cold to him when he told me he was going to make it. Nothing could be further from the truth. I said, ‘Make it your own movie, man. This is yours now. Don’t worry about me.’ I was incredibly supportive. Why that piece of shit lied, I don’t know.”
Aside from that, he also expressed his disappointment about the film stating:
“I thought he took away the mystique of the story by explaining too much about [Michael Myers]. I don’t care about that. He’s supposed to be a force of nature, he’s supposed to be almost supernatural, and he was too big.”
That’s like being in a Metallica cover band and having James Hetfield tell you to stop playing for the rest of your life and kicking your dog in the face. Zombie has expressed his admiration towards Carpenter for years, and despite not considering Halloween one of his favorite horror films of all time, it must be rough to receive those words from his hero.
Check the rest of the discussion below and check the 17-min mark to listen the man himself unleashing the beast.