Published On: Mon, Nov 1st, 2010

John Carpenter interview: ‘The Ward’

John Carpenter is one of the most well-known names in horror films.

He created such iconic films as “Halloween”, “The Thing”, “Escape from New York”, “They Live” and the list goes on. John’s last theatrical film was “Ghosts of Mars” in 2001 but he is returning to features with his upcoming film “The Ward”.

Carpenter was asked which film he was “most proud of”: “Oh man, I do not think I can do that.  It is kind of impossible.  I have invested so much in each one of them. I love them all. But I never want to see any of them again. I  hate them after a while because I see everything that I did wrong. I really can not say to be honest.”

Reflecting on “Halloween” Carpenter confessed he’d do some things differently: “Sure, I think everyone would looking back.  Any director would do something different but you cannot play that game.  This is what you had at the time when you made it. You stand by the decisions you made and tried to make the best out of it.  You have to leave that crap behind.”


This is a great interview, examining films he DIDN’T get to make, sequels, particularly the “Halloween” sequels, the new “The Thing” film and not scoring “The Ward.”


A very, very talented composer by the name of Mark Kilian did the score.  It is too hard now.  I am too old to do it.  I want someone else to take that responsibility [laughs].”

This is also Carpenter’s return behind the camera: “I stopped directing for a while.  But I did the two episodes for “Masters of Horror” and they were fun.  I thought “Well, I may try this again”. So “The Ward” came along and it was a small enough movie with a small enough cast.  It was contained, isolated and perfect for what I wanted to do at the time.  Even though it was a little film , they are always challenging and I always enjoy making them.  Those are the basic reasons, plus it was a neat little thriller.

Every movie has challenges.  Every single one of them.  In this case, it was stuffing all this material into a very short amount of time to shoot.  That is always a challenge with a low budget film.  You have to figure out how are you going to get these scenes done in a very short amount of time.  There is a lot of pre-thinking that goes into that.  You have to figure out exactly how you are going to show a certain part of the story ahead of time.  I spent a lot of my time preparing on that film.”

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