Cronenberg, Carpenter & Landis — 1982

David Cronenberg: “If you want to take that as an absolutely blanket question, no, I don’t think there’s anything that should not be shown in films.” Also, rather presciently, Cronenberg predicts the PG-13 rating and points out the advantages of the American film ratings system over the Canadian one, where the filmmaker will go to jail if she projects the offending film clips.

The three directors are coming off, respectively, from Scanners, The Thing and An American Werewolf in London.

What’s also interesting here is that this roundtable discussion is hosted by Mick Garris, who would become a filmmaker only a few years later. Part 2 and Part 3 are here.

And for my money, the most brutal Carpenter moment is this scene from Assault on Precinct 13.

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