John Carpenter, an acclaimed director of horror and science fiction films, has revealed he is an avid fan of video games and has also expressed an interest in making an original game.
The 65-year-old is known for his commercially successful works, such as "Halloween," and "Escape from New York" and cult films such as "Dark Star", "Assault on Precinct 13", "The Thing" and "They Live".
"My son got me interested in console video games. The first game I remember playing obsessively was Sonic the Hedgehog. Man it was hard; no checkpoints. I kept dying over and over again. Hand-eye coordination was impaired at the time. Over the years I've improved," Carpenter said in an interview with Giant Bomb.
When questioned about his favourite games, Carpenter pointed out Borderlands 2, BioShock, the Dead Space series and The Last of Us, among many others. He added that he also enjoys the Silent Hill series.
Carpenter said he immerses himself in the game and does not think much about its mechanics. He was briefly involved in the making of psychological horror video game F.E.A.R. 3. The director said he would not mind working on another title soon. "I'd love to work on an original video game. Maybe the opportunity will present itself."
The veteran film-maker also stated that he was one of the characters in the video game based on "The Thing" and proposed that an adaptation of his film "Big Trouble in Little China" will make a great game.
Carpenter was one of the 13 directors, who made a series called Masters of Horror, coming out of semi-retirement to direct two episodes, "Cigarette Burns" and "Pro-Life."