Horror film director John Carpenter honored at Cannes Film Festival
The 71-year-old visionary made iconic films like "Halloween" and "The Thing"

Director John Carpenter was presented with Golden Coach award at the opening ceremony of the Director’s Fortnight, a parallel event of the Cannes Film Festival, for his contributions to cinema.

Carpenter is known for horror classics such as The ThingEscape from New York, and the Halloween franchise. The filmmaker is also a renowned music composer who often does the scores of his own movies.

A fan of movies since childhood, Carpenter said he was fascinated by the way characters emerged from rays of light in a movie projector since his first trip to the cinema at age 3 to see Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen: “It’s that transportation of an audience through the world of light and the shadows around it that I’m proud to be a part of.”

The 2019 Cannes Film Festival opened up with zombie film The Dead Don’t Die, whose director Jim Jarmusch cited Carpenter as one of his horror film references and inspirations.

Story from Reuters.

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