In the Halloween spirit, John Carpenter has squashed rumors of a feud with Rob Zombie.
The Thing director took to Twitter to address a recently-resurfaced interview he gave with the New York Film Academy. In it, Carpenter gave his candid feelings on Zombie and his remake of the 1978 film Halloween, criticizing the rocker for painting him in a negative light during interviews. While the comments could have caused a feud, Carpenter gave a clear answer that all is well. “To everyone fascinated with the JC/RZ feud, old news,” he wrote on Wednesday. “We spoke Sunday, we buried the hatchet. Let’s move on.”
To everyone fascinated with the JC/RZ feud, old news. We spoke Sunday, we buried the hatchet. Let’s move on.
— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) September 28, 2016
In the original interview, Carpenter noted the stark differences between their films. While Zombie’s 2007 remake of the iconic horror film draws more attention to the origins of serial killer Michael Myers, Carpenter’s take focused on the killer as a mysterious entity. “I thought he took away from the mystique of the story by explaining too much about [Michael Myers],” said Carpenter.
While both creators have seemingly moved on, they are both equally busy. Carpenter is currently on tour for his Lost Themes in Europe, with a final show in Houston in December. He is also set to produce the upcoming Halloween reboot, marking the 10th film with Michael Myers as the focus (Halloween III: The Season of the Witch took a departure from the killer plot). Zombie recently released his feature 31, which follows a crew of traveling performers that are forced into a life and death game on Halloween.