Happy birthday John Carpenter! Rotten Tomatoes has some bad news…
The mega-popular film review aggregation site mistakenly declared veteran film director dead Tuesday in a since-deleted tweet.
The 70-year-old horror icon is very much alive, though RT seemed to have a different impression when it honored the Halloween and The Thing director’s birthday:
After that tweet went splat, it was replaced by one acknowledging the mix-up (complete with a more lively photo):
Rotten Tomatoes notes it was an “honest mistake,” which of course it was.
Carpenter is keeping busy, too. Known for composing his own film scores, Carpenter released a new album last fall, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, and did a tour in support of the release. He also signed an overall deal last year with Univeral Cable Productions to develop new scripted programming.