John Carpenter Opens Up About The ‘Halloween’ Franchise

by Thomas Tuna

The driving force behind the Halloween phenomenon has an interesting take on the enduring series.

John Carpenter–who directed and co-wrote (with Debra Hill) the original 1978 Halloween–has a unique perspective on who–or what–Michael Myers really is, and what’s in store for fans in the upcoming final chapter of the saga–Halloween Ends.

The acclaimed filmmaker/musician also had some interesting things to say about the franchise as a whole, the impetus behind sequels and the movie business, according to a report on

“I didn’t expect there to be a sequel to Halloween,” he said. “The movie business is ruled by money. The first film made so much money, here they came again, saying, ‘Hey, John, let’s do another one’. I guarantee you if Halloween Ends makes a lot of money—just guess what?”

Carpenter was also brutally honest about the films in the series that followed his classic. “I don’t care about the Halloween sequels,” he said. “I made the first one as the director, and that’s the only one I care about–except for the paycheck I get for the others. I hate to be that kind of guy, but that’s the truth.”

As for Halloween Ends–which hits theaters Oct. 14–Carpenter gave a subtle nod to what could (or could not) be the final chapter in the bloody battle between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers.

Myers, Carpenter said, “is not really a man–he’s a force of evil. He’s just a force of nature, he has no character. He’s pure evil. And you cannot kill him–really.” But then, he added, “Although, wait until you see Halloween Ends. Wait until you see it.”

In Halloween Ends–directed by David Gordon Green from a screenplay he wrote with Danny McBride, Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier–Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) “is living with her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) and is finishing her memoir,” according to the synopsis.

Michael Myers has apparently disappeared, and Laurie has decided to “liberate herself from fear and rage–and embrace life.” But, when a young man, Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell), “is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, it ignites a cascade of violence and terror that forces Laurie to finally confront the evil she can’t control–once and for all.”

Halloween Ends also stars James Jude Courtney, Will Patton, Kyle Richards, Omar Dorsey, Michael O’Leary and Nick Castle.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on Halloween Ends.


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