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‘The first one… that’s the only one I care about’: John Carpenter Disappoints Horror Fans by Saying He Only Did More Halloween Movies “For the Paycheck”

If you haven’t seen the original Halloween movie by John Carpenter, you have to do it. The first release in the Halloween franchise of slasher movies, named after the franchise, is considered one of the greatest horror movies ever made, and director John Carpenter is inclined to agree, as it is the only movie from the franchise that he rates.

The Halloween franchise consists of twelve movies in total, along with other media, and stars the iconic killer Michal Myers as the main antagonist in all the movies. Just recently, the director of the first movie in the franchise shared his thoughts about the sequels that spawned after the initial success of Halloween, and here’s what he had to say.

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A still from Halloween (1978)

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During a Q&A session at the Steel City Convention in Pennsylvania, the 74-year-old director shared his thoughts on the sequels to Halloween

“I don’t care about the Halloween sequels. I made the first one as a director, and that’s the only one I care about except for the paycheck I get for the others. I hate to be that kind of a guy, but that’s the truth.”

You can’t really blame Carpenter for not liking the other movies in the franchise, because after all, none of them were able to live up to the original Halloween movie.

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John Carpenter Hints At A New Halloween Movie

It’s obvious at this point that even if a movie does terribly among critics but performs amazingly at the box office, it’s bound to get another movie. This is a major movie industry fact that John Carpenter touches upon when discussing the new addition to the Halloween franchise, Halloween Ends.

Michael Myers in one of the Halloween movies

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During the very same Q&A session at the Steel City Convention in Pennsylvania, Carpenter was asked about the sequel to Halloween (1978), and about future installments in the franchise-

“I didn’t expect there to be a sequel [to Halloween ’78]. The movie business is ruled by money. [The first] Halloween made so much money, here they came again, the same guys [saying], ‘Hey John, let’s do another one,'”

“I guarantee you if Halloween Ends makes a lot of money, guess what? Just guess what.”  

As you can see, Carpenter doesn’t rule out another movie in the iconic franchise even after Halloween Ends releases, despite the name of the latest installment. Maybe we’ll see him behind the camera this time? It’s unlikely but there’s no harm in dreaming.

Halloween Ends is gearing up for a theatrical release on October 14, 2022. It will also be available for streaming, albeit on paid tiers, on the Peacock streaming platform for sixty days.

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