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John Carpenter On Watching His Old Films: “It’d Be Torture”



It’s never easy for filmmakers to watch their own work, especially once completed. A lot can go wrong during production and time is money, as they say, leaving many with glaring regrets that only they can see. This is one of the reasons Halloween, The Thing, and Escape From New York director John Carpenter avoids watching his own films at all costs.

When The Guardian asked the genre titan if it’s true that he never revisits his old films, he exclaimed:

“Oh God, no. Don’t ever make me do that.

“I don’t want to see them again,” he added, further explaining. “I see the mistakes. That’s all I can see. It’d be torture. Are you kidding? I don’t want anything to do with them after I’m done.”

Many filmmakers feel the same and it’s hard to blame them for the reasons given above. Us movie fans may see perfection, but to the director, they see any number of issues from the score to editing or even shots they didn’t get during filming. Every movie is its own miracle…

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