'Avatar' director praises John Carpenter's classic chiller as 'a triumph of low-budget filmmaking'

By Clark Collis
October 11, 2017 at 04:00 PM EDT

Director James Cameron may be in “full-tilt production” on his four Avatar sequels and helping to revive the Terminator franchise. But the filmmaker still found the time to join James Wan, Scott Derrickson, It-screenwriter Gary Dauberman, and the Jigsaw-directing Spierig Brothers, and name his perfect pumpkin-season horror movie for EW.

The Titanic auteur’s choice? John Carpenter’s original (and currently being rebooted) 1978 chiller, Halloween, which stars Donald Pleaseance, P.J. Soles, Nancy Loomis, and one Jamie Lee Curtis.

“I always like watching Halloween on Halloween,” says Cameron. “I mean, Halloween is such a triumph of low-budget filmmaking.It basically spawned an entire genre. And, of course, Jamie Curtis is in it, and it was her discovery film, and I got to work with her on True Lies.”

Watch the trailer for Carpenter’s much imitated, but as yet never bettered, Halloween, above.