John Carpenter Says The 80’s Sucked For Horror

John Carpenter Says The 80’s Sucked For Horror


John Carpenter, father of the Halloween franchise weighed on the Friday The 13th, Texas Chainsaw and other 80’s slasher franchises..this couldn’t end well. During his interview with Bret Easton Ellis he unloaded his disgust, which is only expected for Friday The 13th because big and famous or not, nobody likes being ripped off. And even the creator Victor Miller behind Friday The 13th said he “ripped off” Halloween. But Carpenter didn’t fume on that fact, he fumed on the cheapness of it.


“One springs from an organic idea and has a truly artist’s eye working.” He continued on, comparing Friday The 13th and Texas Chainsaw “And Friday the 13th, I feel, affects me as very cynical. It’s very cynical moviemaking. It just doesn’t rise above its cheapness. I think the reason that all these slasher movies came in the ’80s was a lot of folks said ‘look at that Halloween movie. It was made for peanuts, and look at the money it’s made! We can make money like that. That’s what the teenagers want to see.’ So they just started making them, cranking them out…most of them were awful.”

John’s right. A lot of slasher films were banged out in the 80’s. A lot of them were corny [I’m looking at you Silent Night Deadly Night 2] The only ones I collect? The icons. Cult classics. But that’s just me.

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Noah Manginelli

Born and raised in CT my love for horror began at the age of 11 when I watched A Nightmare On Elm Street. I write for numerous horror sites, and in-doing-so made many connections with underrated and blossoming directors, writers and actors. Err...that's all I'm telling you.