Few filmmakers have quite a synonymous name with the horror genre, as John Carpenter does. The man behind the original Halloween, The Thing, and Christine (among many other, incredible non-horror movies as well) has cemented a footprint upon the genre that we can still see the ripples of in the horror movies being made today. After all, who’s films was It Follows most compared to last year?
The filmmaker has some divisive opinions on the horror movie genre though at the same time, including believing the original Friday the 13th to be a cynical attempt to replicate what he had done with Halloween, which some fans may agree with and others might not.
While recently appearing on the newest episode of WTF with Marc Maron as well, Carpenter shared some interesting thoughts on The Walking Dead (H/T Inquisitr), the horror TV show that has been sweeping the world for six seasons now.
Carpenter seems to see the series though, as nothing more than a rehash of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead:
“[The Walking Dead] was a movie that George Romero made back in 1968. And they have milked that, and they are still milking it.”
Now, it’s a fair point, though the same could be said for basically every other zombie movie in history that followed Night of the Living Dead in 1968. Similar to the slasher sub-genre that was sort of spawned out of Halloween, Romero’s film is the main reason that we have all of the other beloved zombie movies and properties that we do. So I could see him calling it a rehash, especially knowing how he feels about Friday the 13th, though this criticism of The Walking Dead may be a bit of a stretch from where I’m sitting.
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