Rotten Tomatoes nearly gave horror enthusiasts a heart attack today when they posted on Twitter that John Carpenter was dead...on his birthday. "John Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) would have been 70 years old today!" wrote the online critic aggregator for film and television. "We celebrate his birthday by looking back at his five favorite films."
Awkwardly, however, Twitter would soon point out that the director of Halloween, The Thing, Starman, Escape From New York, They Live, and Big Trouble in Little China was and is very much alive:
Realizing its mistake, Rotten Tomatoes deleted the original post and put up a new one, apologizing for the error and making a reference to Carpenter's 1980 horror film about vengeful mariner ghosts, The Fog. Corrections are good, and Fog references are better. Well played.
While the new tweet did not link to the original article, Carpenter's five favorite movies include Only Angels Have Wings, Rio Bravo, Citizen Kane, Vertigo, and Blow-Up. The 70-year-old director is known for writing, directing, and making the music for his cinematic projects.
Not only is he still kicking, but he'll be directing a horror TV pilot for SYFY and scoring the Halloween reboot. His third studio album Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 was released back in October.