Excerpt from SCREAM Magazine Issue 4: John Carpenter on Why He Chose The Ward

Issue #4 of the UK’s SCREAM Magazine is now available for pre-order in advance of its March 31st publication date, and the publisher has kindly provided us with an excerpt of writer Michael Doyle’s interview with the one and only John Carpenter to share with Dread Central’s readers.

Along with Carpenter, the issue also includes:

* William Forsythe talks John Wayne Gacy…
* Kung Fu Horror: Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires!
* The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Evolution of Leatherface…
* 3D Horror: From Jaws to Saw!
* Sex & Gore: An Uncomfortable Marriage…

PLUS: Comics, Games, Books, Competitions, News, Reviews & More!

Check out the excerpt and the Issue #4 cover below, and for more info visit the official SCREAM website. Click here to buy issues for just £4.50 each. If you are in the UK, there will be an extra £1.00 charge for postage and packaging; for overseas residents it will be an extra £2.00 for shipping and handling.

By Michael Doyle

For the last four decades John Carpenter has been a seminal figure in the development of the modern horror movie and is responsible for some of the most influential fright films of our time including Halloween, The Fog and his imperious alien-invasion shocker The Thing. 2011 has just seen the release of The Ward, Carpenter’s first theatrical offering for a decade. SCREAM’s Michael Doyle recently sat down with the Los Angeles native to discuss his new film, as well as his thoughts on his distinguished career and the state of horror.

MD: When we last spoke, you expressed serious doubts about the possibility of your ever making another film. What was it about the script for The Ward that changed all that?

JC: It wasn’t so much that script in particular that changed things even though I did enjoy it. It was more the fact that Mick Garris had set up this Showtime TV series called ‘Masters of Horror’ and had convinced all of us horror directors to each direct an episode. Actually, I directed two episodes [“Cigarette Burns” and “Pro-Life”] and really enjoyed myself. After my last feature [Ghosts of Mars] bombed at the box office in 2001, I was burnt out, but there wasn’t a lot of pressure involved with this show and we had a little over a week of shooting up in Vancouver, Canada. I had such a good time that I began to reconsider. I then thought, “Well, if I can find the right project that’s not too big and is small and contained enough with a limited cast and locations – and I can have fun again – I’ll make another film.” That’s how The Ward came to be.

Excerpt from SCREAM Magazine Issue 4: John Carpenter on Why He Chose The Ward

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  • Masked Slasher

    Did The Ward open in the UK yet?

    If so, how’s the box office?

    • The Woman In Black

      Not good … opening weekend it didn’t even crack the Top 15 so I imagine it’s been downhill from there. Haven’t been able to find exact numbers though.

      • Masked Slasher

        Fuck. I guess that means we’ll only have the opportunity to see it on DVD, huh?


  • LSD Zombie

    It’s really a damn shame that most of his 80’s films were box office flops. I can completely understand why he’s lost interest in film for the most part.

  • Vanvance1

    Carpenter is a giant among filmakers. I hope he continues to have fun making films so we get more.

  • OGClown

    Carpenter is cool, but kind of old school. When was his last scary movie. snuff films, for real is the 2011 aestehtic.

    Check http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyF2A6UqnLI.

    I went there, and trust me, that stuff is CRAZY. Then I went to the site and my mind was blown.