Film legend John Carpenter turned 70 today and, in attempting to celebrate his birthday, Rotten Tomatoes accidentally declared the still-living director dead.
“John Carpenter would have been 70 years old today,” the website wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted. “We celebrate his birthday by looking back at his five favorite films.”
Of course, Carpenter isn’t actually dead. Realizing its error, Rotten Tomatoes has since tweeted out a correction. “Sorry for the mix up earlier,” the website wrote on Twitter, “the fog was heavy this morning. Happy 70th birthday John Carpenter!”
Carpenter also affirmed his own living status on Twitter.
To Rotten Tomatoes, despite how it appears, I'm actually not dead.
— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) January 16, 2018
Carpenter is known for such films as The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing and many other beloved horror, action and sci-fi films. The filmmaker’s work has influenced many directors, including Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro and Robert Rodriguez. Carpenter semi-retired from filmmaking after 2011’s The Ward in order to work on his music. However, he is currently serving as an executive producer and creative consultant on the upcoming eleventh entry in the Halloween franchise, a series he co-created in 1978 with the late Debra Hill.
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