John Carpenter Praises ‘Halloween Kills’, Mentions Possible ‘The Thing’ Reboot

Let’s face it: When John Carpenter speaks, horror fans listen. And the horror icon opened up on several genre topics at the all-digital Fantasia Film Festival that runs through Sept. 2.

The legendary director/composer–who received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the festival–took on a wide array of subjects during a special Q&A during the event, as reported by

The video of the hour-long online masterclass can be viewed below, and here are a few of the highlights of the discussion:

* Carpenter, creator of the Halloween film franchise, called Halloween Kills–slated for an Oct. 15, 2021 release–“the quintessential horror film” that is “so intense.” Previously, as reported here in Horror News Network, Carpenter said the film is “Intense and brutal–a slasher movie times one hundred, big time. It’s huge. I’ve never seen anything like it–the kill count!”

* Carpenter also said The Thing is the movie he is most proud of, adding that Jason Blum, head honcho of Blumhouse Productions, has plans to bring the classic film back to the big screen. “I think he’s gonna be working on The Thing…rebooting The Thing,” he said. “I may be involved with that. Maybe. Down the road.”

* Carpenter also discussed his musical legacy, saying his next album–Lost Themes 3: Alive After Death–will be available next February. This album follows his latest offerings–Skeleton and Unclean Spirit–and his chilling score for Halloween Kills.

* When asked about possible remakes of Escape From New York and Big Trouble in Little China, the filmmaker said he knows of nothing brewing on those fronts.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates on Halloween KillsHalloween Ends or any new projects from John Carpenter.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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