John Carpenter has had a 20-year addiction to playing 'Sonic the Hedgehog'.

John Carpenter

John Carpenter

The iconic slasher filmmaker has opened up about his penchant for the classic Sega game, which was launched in 1991.

Speaking to Fact magazine, he said: "Back in the early '90s, I got hooked on 'Sonic The Hedgehog' for Sega Genesis and I just couldn't stop playing it."

The 'Halloween' director was particularly drawn to the music.

He said: "I loved the game. I loved everything about it. I especially loved the music.

"There was something about the whole sound and feel of the Sonic games and suddenly I'm so much younger and it's the '90s."

However, one irritating aspect for the 69-year-old screenwriter was the fact after each level was complete, he'd have to start again because of the lack of a memory card.

He said: "It didn't have a memory card so I'd have to start over every time.

"Those games were HARD, man."

And the worst of all was the Labyrinth Zone.

Asked which part was the toughest, he said: "The underwater level. Oh god.

"I'd die every time. And then have to start back. It was so frustrating, but there was something so intensely addicting about that."