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.
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