John Carpenter Slams The Walking Dead
John Carpenter Voices Opinion On The Walking Dead
John Carpenter certainly has some words for The Walking Dead television show, and, by words, we don’t mean nice words. The legendary horror icon takes to WTF Podcast with Marc Maron to express his thoughts on the famous Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Zombie television series.
During the interview John Carpenter stated the following:
“The Walking Dead was a movie that George Romero made back in 1968. And they have milked that, and they are still milking it.”
Well, obviously John Carpenter feels some kind of way about creator, Frank Darabont’s rendition of the classic 1968 film, The Walking Dead. I have mixed feelings about the highly praised television drama.
For one, it is a television series. I have ill thoughts about television shows for the simple fact that after a while they lose their touch. They lose their spark. I have watched a few television shows that have lost my interest after the first season. Some, after the first few episodes.
On the other hand, a television series is very different from a feature film. I don’t think Darabont’s purpose with The Walking Dead was to be a copy of Romero’s 1968 film. I think the series is its own standalone franchise. The only comparison I feel can be made to the film and series is the zombies.
Not to mention, there are a ton of zombie films that have been made. Not just Romero’s film. Just because the series dons the same title as the film doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a series franchise, and should be evaluated as such.
If Carpenter wants to argue this route, then we could also argue that the show Scream Queens is “milking” the Scream franchise. Or, that Slasher is “milking” The Town That Dreaded Sundown. This is comparing apples and oranges.
What television shows do is pay homage to a certain genre. Whether it be Zombies (The Walking Dead), Monsters (American Horror Story), or Slashers (Scream Queens, Slasher). They don’t cater to one particular film. They tribute to the vast majority.
What are your thoughts on John Carpenter’s statement?