CARPENTER: I had a research screening of The Thing - I showed this film to a bunch of teenagers, and one teenage girl, fourteen years old, she said, ‘Well, what happened in the end? When the two men were sitting out in the snow?’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s part of the nature of the story, you have to use your imagination,’ and she says, ‘Oh, I hate that.’
ATKINS: I paid you five dollars for this—
TUTTLE: For you to tell me what to think!
CORMAN: The audience, whether it’s in a motion picture or a book, must participate with the artist. So part of it comes from the artist, and there is a feedback and a response from the audience. And that girl, I would hope, is a very minor point of the audience.
BARKER: I think she’s a growing part of the audience. I think that’s part of the banality of the culture, the spoonfed element of the culture. Young people are asked to use their imaginations less and less—and you know, in a way, we do a wretched thing to them. We teach them the reality of Santa Claus and Neverneverland up until the age of five, and then we tell them at the age of five, ‘That was all lies, here’s the gross natural product of Chile,’ and we’ve got this very bland, 1999 vision of the world, we’ve got a place in which imagination has been scoured, not just from the five-year-old, but from the whole culture.
John Carpenter, Pete Atkins, Lisa Tuttle, Roger Corman, Clive Barker, Horror Café, 1990.
at what level of regurgitation does this observation in itself become just another one of those banalities, i wonder …