John Carpenter has been critical of the Halloween movies that followed his 1978 original before, but he's never been quite as brutal as he was during a discussion at the New York Film Academy earlier this year when he criticized not only Rob Zombie's 2007 remake but the filmmaker himself.
“He lied about me,” said Carpenter about Zombie, in reference to a previous interview given by the rocker-turned-director. “He said I was very cold to him when he told me he was going to make it. Nothing could be further from the truth. I said, ‘Make it your own movie, man. This is yours now. Don”t worry about me.” I was incredibly supportive. Why that piece of s–t lied, I don”t know.”
As for the film itself, Carpenter's opinion echoes what he's said previously about the follow-ups:
“I thought he took away the mystique of the story by explaining too much about [Michael Myers],” Carpenter said. “I don”t care about that. He”s supposed to be a force of nature, he”s supposed to be almost supernatural, and he was too big, it wasn”t normal.”
Carpenter will presumably bring the masked killer back to his roots with the forthcoming Halloween reboot he's executive producing (and potentially scoring) for Blumhouse.
You can watch the full Carpenter interview below. His comments on Zombie begin around the 17-minute mark.