Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009) Poster

John Carpenter: Himself


  • John Carpenter : "Last House on the Left" was... it was like a strong cup of coffee in the morning, and opened you right up. Wow!

  • John Carpenter : [talking about They Live]  I had this deal with Universal to make some movies where I would write the scripts and I'd have complete control and such, which was great. And I wanted to do something about Reaganism and... because it pissed me off so much. The crowd was kill a commie for Christ and uh... let's get those commies and kill all of them. Something I grew up laughing at that in "Dr. Strangelove". And now here it was again and with this massive enthusiasm behind it, and this unrestrained, um... free enterprise.

  • John Carpenter : Fear is probably the most powerful emotion we all feel as humans. We're all afraid of death, and loss of a loved one, loss of identity. All the things that you see in the movies, we're all afraid of.

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