John Carpenter on Why He’d Rather Be a Rock Star: ‘Making Movies Is Horrifying’

Horror is having a moment. Movies like “It” and “Get Out” aren’t just making money; they’re smart exercises in studio filmmaking that are elevating the horror genre on the whole. They also arguably owe a debt to director John Carpenter, whose films, such as “Halloween,” “The Thing” and “Escape From New York,” helped set the standard for intelligent, low budget thrills.

But the horror master has taken a backseat to filmmaking in recent years, opting instead to pursue...

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