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When somebody who makes movies...

When somebody who makes movies for a living - either as an actor, writer, producer or director - lives to be a certain age, you have to admire them. It is an act of courage to make a film - a courage for which you are not prepared in the rest of life. It is very hard and very destructive. But we do it because we love it.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

I have two different categorie...

I have two different categories of favorite films. One is the emotional favorites, which means these are generally films that I saw when I was a kid anything you see in your formative years is more powerful, because it really stays with you forever. The second category is films that I saw while I was learning the craft of motion pictures.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

When I was a kid, I loved 'The...

When I was a kid, I loved 'The Curse of Frankenstein,' 'The Creeping Unknown,' 'X: The Unknown.' I love 'Forbidden Planet,' 'The Thing from Another World.' They were science fiction/horror movies, generally.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

There are a lot of movies that...

There are a lot of movies that I don't care about, especially not remakes.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

A lot of it [success] is luck....

A lot of it [success] is luck. That's a huge part of it that no one wants to talk about. You just got to be in the right place at the right time.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

Movies are pieces of film stuc...

Movies are pieces of film stuck together in a certain rhythm, an absolute beat, like a musical composition. The rhythm you create affects the audience.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

You have to fight really hard ...

You have to fight really hard for a private life, and sometimes you don't have one. It just gets to you after a while. It's tough.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

Way back in the '70s, I was ap...

Way back in the '70s, I was approached to talk about the story I'd write for a Spider-Man movie. They also talked to me about Batman. I had to think about it, but that was way, way back when.

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I've gone through various peri...

I've gone through various periods with superheroes. They work in the right hands, but they don't work in other hands. It's tricky. But any movie is tricky. It's impossible to say, 'This is what you do in any situation.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

I think there are certain subj...

I think there are certain subjects I don't want to tackle, that I don't think I could do a good job with. I don't think I'd be good with... broad comedy? I don't know. Maybe I would.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

I stopped directing in 2001 fo...

I stopped directing in 2001 for four or five years, until I did the TV series 'Masters Of Horror.' I had been working steadily as a director since 1970. That's a long time. I was burned out.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

One of my heroes is a composer...

One of my heroes is a composer named James Bernard, and oh my God... I can still listen to his music today and be stirred and moved by it. But I think that you fall in love with... Well, again, when you're young, it really is more powerful. Much more terrifying.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

To survive you have to withsta...

To survive you have to withstand the changes in the business. This business has gone through so many changes since I was young and now it is on to something else. It is all weird today, for me, because I am from the old times. You just have to keep adapting. Isn't that Darwinism? The creature that adapts to its environment survives.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

Horror is always the same. It ...

Horror is always the same. It changes with the culture and changes with technology. The stories are always the same. There are just two basic stories in horror, two simple ones -- evil is outside and evil is in here [points to his heart].

John Carpenter 69 quotes

From a will: And to my communi...

From a will: And to my communist nephew Oswald, I leave the sum of 10,000 pounds - to be shared equally with his fellow Britishers.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

Horror stories have always wor...

Horror stories have always worked on film. It's where they work. That's where vampires and ghosts and UFOs are real. They're not particularly real in life, but they're real on the screen. It's the communal aspect of movie-watching.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

To make movies you just have t...

To make movies you just have to want it enough. You have to have the passion for telling stories. You have to get by the love-of-movies aspect. You can't just be a movie fan.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

What a director does... essent...

What a director does... essentially, it's storytelling, but a director also controls the feeling and the sounds and the texture. It's an act of creation, like a symphony or a painting or a story. But with different tools.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

Anybody can make a movie, if y...

Anybody can make a movie, if you have the will. The digital revolution has made it very inexpensive to make a film. Anybody who wants to can do it.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

Horror has been a genre since ...

Horror has been a genre since the beginning of cinema, all the way back to the days of silent films. I don't think it will ever go away because it's so universal. Humor doesn't always travel to other countries, but horror does.

John Carpenter 69 quotes

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