The pirating thing is bad. The people it hurts the most are the ones you least think it hurts. It`s not the big Britney Spears albums that are being pirated; it`s the indie bands that don`t have two cents to their name.
I think it is good escapist entertainment even though it`s bad.
White Zombie was a bunch of kids with the worst equipment playing in a basement. But that is what is so great about it. There is no reason to think that you can`t do it.
It was like fighting with the MPAA... to me it was like this is an R easy... but it was NC 17 over and over and even with this cut they were like, you are right on the edge buddy, one more thing and it`s NC-17.
NC-17 means that you get it in like 3 theaters. They won`t run the spots on MTV, won`t run the advertising. It`s the kiss of death so there was really no other choice.
It`s never been about making money.
Probably the biggest thing that surprises people is that I am obsessed with hockey. I grew up in the Boston area so I am obsessed with hockey since I was a little kid.
You know... the only person I really had to please after a point was the MPAA. Because Lions` Gate was like, hey, whatever you can get away with is fine, we don`t care.
I am like the Jack Nicholson of the Kings - every single game. If there was a game tonight I wouldn`t be here. I used to play hockey. That was my original thing. My first thing, I wanted to play professional hockey.
(On directing and working for film studios) "They hire you and suddenly they don`t trust you. And you say `Well, why did you hire me?` and they say `We can`t tell you.`"
(on killing off the lead characters in The Devil`s Rejects (2005)) "That was always the ending and every actor had a complaint about that. I wanted to do it because it seems like nobody makes a movie anymore without a sequel set up. Lions Gate was like `The franchise... It`s gone.` But you know, that`s the problem. I feel like there`s never a definitive ending anymore. Every movie ends with the possibility of another one and it drives me crazy. I feel like, `Why did I just invest two hours? It didn`t even end.`"
I`d just be obsessed with a movie. I`d need more. So we`d make Super-8s at home. It`s funny I should remake Halloween, because one of the movies I made as a kid in high school was a sequel to (Carpenter`s) Escape from New York. Later, you know, I moved to New York to go to school, got kicked out, and worked as a bike messenger and on Pee-wee`s Playhouse, and then started a band. Making movies seemed like, `How do you do that? I don`t even have money to eat. I`m not gonna make movies.` It`s great now for kids, make some goofy movie, stick it on YouTube, and you`re a hero. Back then, it was like: `Man, I can`t wait till I can save enough money to develop the film.`
The hardest part was convincing people that I was serious. The people were like `you want to do this again`?
Things like that become a blur - shot at some soundstage, somewhere - that`s as much as I can remember.
I think so much about everything. I`m obsessive.
I like 1977 because it is more primitive. If it were modern day, like one Universal guy was like wouldn`t they just use their cell phone? I guess he did not read that it was 1977 in the script.
Those days if you drove cross country and you broke down on the side of the road, and the sign says 200 miles to the next gas station, you knew you were so screwed.
You might like it as a joke or because you liked it then, but there isn`t a whole new generation discovering Wham!.
I understand why some kid in his bedroom in Wisconsin thinks downloading songs couldn`t hurt anyone. True fans will buy the CD or go see the movie after downloading, but to say it doesn`t affect anyone - come on.
I remember, especially like when I was in high school, going to see like Dawn of the Dead and it was like mayhem in the theater and you could barely even watch the movie. It was so fun.
By the time we got to MGM, and Lions Gate the movie was done there was nothing else to say. It was done. Just as at Universal, it was art by committee.
It`d be like what would happen if Hollywood took over porno: `If we keep their clothes on and they didn`t have sex, we`d be able to sell it to a lot more people`.
I wanted it to be like a high quality, drive-in movie.