Nobody would hire me after The Thing debacle: John Carpenter


“I needed a job after ‘The Thing’ because nobody would hire me. I thought that was a bit cheesy. 0
Comment(s) They thought I showed them too much of the monster. Advertising

Starring Kurt Russell, the horror film shocked audiences with repulsive special effects used for the titular, shape-shifting monster and opened to negative reviews. I don’t know, maybe I made a mistake, but it turned out okay,” he said. “The Thing was a bomb. Advertising

His Christine, the 1983 adaptation of Stephen King’s killer car novel, was Carpenter’s only film which turned out to be better than he anticipated. The Thing went on to gain a cult following over the years, with critics hailing it as a seminal horror movie and praising its themes of paranoia and mistrust in the Cold War era. Only if you’re a low-rent director, like me, do you show the monster. We discarded one element of Stephen King’s story, which was the ghost of the owner would sit in the back seat. One of Carpenter’s most famous works is Halloween franchise, to which he returned as both composer and executive producer for the horror sequel Halloween (2018). You just don’t do that. The filmmaker is also attached to executive produce Universal and Blumhouse’s Halloween sequel, slated to be released in October 2020. So this came along and I took the job, and it turned out better than it had any right to. You’re supposed to hide it in the shadows,” Carpenter told Variety. Fans hated it, critics hated it.