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John Carpenter

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Filmmaker

From a 1998 interview for his film Vampires conducted by Kenneth J. Souza for BigO magazine:

OC: Do you expect any flack from the Catholic Church over their depiction in this movie?

JC: The Catholic Church has picked this up ... we got an extremely positive review in France. This is the only movie I've ever made where you have a hero priest at the end of the film pull out a cross and say "God has always been with us." This is my view of hope. This is hope, this is a positive message. I recommend some of my past films for the negativity.

OC: Although the church is often a source of sanctuary and social order in your films, you don't subscribe to any organized religion, do you?

JC: I'm an atheist, but I have a great fascination with this issue -- over God and whether there is one or not. I come to (my belief) personally for my own reasons and my own decisions. But I respect anybody who believes anything, I don't have the ultimate answers about anything.

The interview can be found at http://www.samscratch.com/filmsofjc/articles/jcinterview_souza.html.