John Carpenter

John Carpenter

Known for: Directing
Birthday: 1948-01-16 (74 years old)

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Biography

John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American filmmaker, actor, and composer. Although he worked in various film genres, he is most commonly associated with horror, action, and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s. He is generally recognized as one of the greatest masters of the horror genre. At the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the French Directors' Guild gave him the Golden Coach Award, lauding him as "a creative genius of raw, fantastic, and spectacular emotions".Carpenter's early films included box office and critical successes like Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), and Starman (1984). His other productions from the 1970s and the 1980s only later came to be considered cult classics, and he has been acknowledged as an influential filmmaker. These include Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988), In the Mouth of Madness (1994), and Escape from L.A. (1996). He returned to the Halloween franchise as composer and executive producer of the sequel Halloween (2018), doing so with the sequels Halloween Kills (2021) and Halloween Ends (2022). Carpenter composed or co-composed most of his films' music. He won a Saturn Award for Best Music for the film Vampires (1998). He released four studio albums, titled Lost Themes (2015), Lost Themes II (2016), Anthology: Movie Themes 1974–1998 (2017), and Lost Themes III: Alive After Death (2021).

Personal Life

Carpenter met his future wife, actress Adrienne Barbeau, on the set of his 1978 television film Someone's Watching Me!. They married on January 1, 1979, and divorced in 1984. During this time, she starred in The Fog and appeared in Escape from New York. They have one son, John Cody Carpenter (born May 7, 1984).Carpenter has been married to producer Sandy King since 1990. She produced his films In the Mouth of Madness, Village of the Damned, Vampires, and Ghosts of Mars. She was earlier the script supervisor for Starman, Big Trouble in Little China, Prince of Darkness, and They Live. Of the latter, she was also associate producer. She co-created the comic book series Asylum, with which Carpenter is involved.In an episode of Animal Planet's Animal Icons titled "It Came from Japan", he discusses his admiration for the original Godzilla film.Carpenter appreciates video games as art, and particularly likes the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise—including the games Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Mania—and the F.E.A.R. series. He offered to narrate and help direct the cinematics for F.E.A.R. 3. Other games Carpenter has spoken about his fondness of include Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy and Fallout 76. He has also expressed an interest in making a film based on Dead Space.Carpenter holds a commercial pilot's license, flying rotorcraft-helicopters. He has included helicopters in his films, many times doing a cameo as a pilot.

Early Life

Carpenter was born on January 16, 1948, in Carthage, New York, the son of Milton Jean (née Carter) and Howard Ralph Carpenter, a music professor. He and his family relocated to Bowling Green, Kentucky, during 1953. He was interested in films from an early age, particularly the westerns of Howard Hawks and John Ford, as well as 1950s low-budget horror films such as The Thing from Another World and high-budget science fiction like Forbidden Planet, and began filming horror short films with 8 mm film even before starting high school. He attended Western Kentucky University, where his father chaired the music department, then transferred to the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts during 1968, but quit to make his first feature film.

Filmography

All 151

Movies 138

Self 76

Writter 28

Director 24

TV Shows 13

Producer 5

Narrator 3

Self - Interviewee
In Search of Darkness: Part III

In Search of Darkness: Part III (2022)

Movie
Writer
Halloween Ends

Halloween Ends (2022)

Movie
7
Self
Blumhouse's Compendium of Horror

Blumhouse's Compendium of Horror (2022)

TV Show
Himself
Halloween in Hollywood

Halloween in Hollywood (2022)

Movie
Charles Band’s Full Moon Freakshow

Charles Band’s Full Moon Freakshow (2022)

TV Show
Original Music Composer
Firestarter

Firestarter (2022)

Movie
7.67
Engineer / Music
Studio 666

Studio 666 (2022)

Movie
Self - Interviewee
In Search of Tomorrow

In Search of Tomorrow (2022)

Movie
Writer
Halloween Kills

Halloween Kills (2021)

Movie
8.3
Self
The History of Metal and Horror

The History of Metal and Horror (2021)

Movie
Original Film Writer
Short cuts : Prince of Darkness

Short cuts : Prince of Darkness (2021)

Movie
Self
In Search of Darkness: Part II

In Search of Darkness: Part II (2020)

Movie
Self
AGFA Mystery Mixtape #4: Follow Your Own Star

AGFA Mystery Mixtape #4: Follow Your Own Star (2020)

Movie
Self (Archival Footage)
The Movies That Made Us

The Movies That Made Us (2019)

TV Show
Narrator
The Rise of the Synths

The Rise of the Synths (2019)

Movie
Self
1982 - Hollywood Summer

1982 - Hollywood Summer (2019)

Movie
Writer
Myers: The Evil of Haddonfield

Myers: The Evil of Haddonfield (2019)

Movie
Self
In Search of Darkness

In Search of Darkness (2019)

Movie
Self
Henchman: The Al Leong Story

Henchman: The Al Leong Story (2018)

Movie
Self
Purgatory: Entering John Carpenter's 'Escape From New York'

Purgatory: Entering John Carpenter's 'Escape From New York' (2018)

Movie
Himself
John Carpenter Live - Retrospective

John Carpenter Live - Retrospective (2018)

Movie
Writer
Halloween

Halloween (2018)

Movie
5.95
Self
Dark Glamour: The Blood and Guts of Hammer Productions

Dark Glamour: The Blood and Guts of Hammer Productions (2017)

Movie
keyboards
John Carpenter: Live At Primavera Sound 2016

John Carpenter: Live At Primavera Sound 2016 (2016)

Movie
Self
It Takes a Village: The Making of Village of the Damned

It Takes a Village: The Making of Village of the Damned (2016)

Movie
The Taxi Driver
The Puppet Man

The Puppet Man (2016)

Movie
Self
Jean-Michel Jarre: The Rise of Electronic Music

Jean-Michel Jarre: The Rise of Electronic Music (2015)

Movie
narrator
Tech Noir

Tech Noir (2015)

Movie
Self
Track Stories

Track Stories (2015)

TV Show
Music
Demon Force

Demon Force (2014)

TV Show
Himself
Why Horror?

Why Horror? (2014)

Movie
Self
The Director's Chair

The Director's Chair (2014)

TV Show
Himself
The Real History of Science Fiction

The Real History of Science Fiction (2014)

TV Show
Producer
Darkchylde

Darkchylde (2013)

Movie
Writer
Halloween: Harvest of Souls, 1985

Halloween: Harvest of Souls, 1985 (2013)

Movie
Writer
Halloween Awakening: The Legacy of Michael Myers

Halloween Awakening: The Legacy of Michael Myers (2012)

Movie
Writer
Halloween: Resurgence

Halloween: Resurgence (2012)

Movie
Composer
The Nightmare Isn't Over! The Making of Halloween II

The Nightmare Isn't Over! The Making of Halloween II (2012)

Movie
Composer
Stand Alone: The Making of "Halloween III: Season of the Witch"

Stand Alone: The Making of "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" (2012)

Movie
Writer
Lockout

Lockout (2012)

Movie
4.33
Self - Host
Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge

Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge (2011)

Movie
Himself
Nightmare Factory

Nightmare Factory (2011)

Movie
Self
The Original Monster Mash

The Original Monster Mash (2011)

Movie
Self
Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star

Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star (2010)

Movie
Self
Halloween: The Inside Story

Halloween: The Inside Story (2010)

Movie
Self
A History of Horror

A History of Horror (2010)

TV Show
Director
The Ward

The Ward (2010)

Movie
2
Writer
Halloween: Black Eyes

Halloween: Black Eyes (2010)

Movie
Self
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue

Nightmares in Red, White and Blue (2009)

Movie
Self
Monsterland

Monsterland (2009)

Movie
Himself
Tales from the Script

Tales from the Script (2009)

Movie
6
Self
The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style

The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style (2009)

Movie
Himself
Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Make-Up EFX

Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Make-Up EFX (2008)

Movie
Self
In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy

In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy (2008)

Movie
Self
Bernard Herrmann: Hitchcock's Maestro

Bernard Herrmann: Hitchcock's Maestro (2008)

Movie
Himself
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown

Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008)

Movie
Self
Bloodsucking Cinema

Bloodsucking Cinema (2007)

Movie
Writer
Halloween

Halloween (2007)

Movie
5.59
Self
Commemoration - Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo

Commemoration - Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo (2007)

Movie
Self - Subject
Big John

Big John (2006)

Movie
Director
Pro-Life

Pro-Life (2006)

Movie
Himself
Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon

Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon (2006)

Movie
Self
Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet

Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet (2006)

Movie
Self
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film

Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)

Movie
Self
Halloween: 25 Years of Terror

Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006)

Movie
Himself
Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story

Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story (2006)

Movie
Himself
WWE: Born to Controversy - The Roddy Piper Story

WWE: Born to Controversy - The Roddy Piper Story (2006)

Movie
Director
Cigarette Burns

Cigarette Burns (2005)

Movie
Self
Hollywood's Greatest Villains

Hollywood's Greatest Villains (2005)

Movie
Himself
The Perfect Scary Movie

The Perfect Scary Movie (2005)

Movie
Director
Masters of Horror

Masters of Horror (2005)

TV Show
10
Writer
The Fog

The Fog (2005)

Movie
3.5
Self
Snake Plissken: Man of Honor

Snake Plissken: Man of Honor (2005)

Movie
Writer
Assault on Precinct 13

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

Movie
6
Self
Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures

Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures (2004)

Movie
Self
100 Scariest Movie Moments

100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004)

TV Show
Self
John Carpenter: The Man and His Movies

John Carpenter: The Man and His Movies (2004)

Movie
Self - Filmmaker
An Opera of Violence

An Opera of Violence (2003)

Movie
Self - Filmmaker
The Wages of Sin

The Wages of Sin (2003)

Movie
Self
Something to Do with Death

Something to Do with Death (2003)

Movie
Writer
WebCam Special

WebCam Special (2003)

Movie
Self
Halloween: A Cut Above the Rest

Halloween: A Cut Above the Rest (2003)

Movie
Self
Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer?

Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer? (2003)

Movie
Self
Masters of Horror

Masters of Horror (2002)

Movie
Executive Producer / Music
Vampires: Los Muertos

Vampires: Los Muertos (2002)

Movie
5
Self
Tales from the Mist: Inside 'The Fog'

Tales from the Mist: Inside 'The Fog' (2002)

Movie
Writer
Halloween: Resurrection

Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

Movie
5.68
Self
Through the Night with...

Through the Night with... (2002)

TV Show
Self - interviewee
Hidden Values: The Movies of the Fifties

Hidden Values: The Movies of the Fifties (2001)

Movie
Director
Ghosts of Mars

Ghosts of Mars (2001)

Movie
4.89
Self
Scream and Scream Again: A History of the Slasher Film

Scream and Scream Again: A History of the Slasher Film (2000)

Movie
Self
The American Nightmare

The American Nightmare (2000)

Movie
Self
Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven'

Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven' (2000)

Movie
Himself
Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre

Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre (2000)

Movie
Self
Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror

Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror (2000)

Movie
Self
Halloween: Unmasked

Halloween: Unmasked (1999)

Movie
Writer
Silent Predators

Silent Predators (1999)

Movie
Director
Vampires

Vampires (1998)

Movie
5.1
Writer
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

Movie
5.66
Self
The Thing: Terror Takes Shape

The Thing: Terror Takes Shape (1998)

Movie
Director
Escape from L.A.

Escape from L.A. (1996)

Movie
5.75
Himself
After Sunset: The Life & Times of the Drive-In Theater

After Sunset: The Life & Times of the Drive-In Theater (1995)

Movie
Writer
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

Movie
5.58
Director
Village of the Damned

Village of the Damned (1995)

Movie
5
Director
In the Mouth of Madness

In the Mouth of Madness (1995)

Movie
4.33
Trenchcoat Man / Gimp
The Silence of the Hams

The Silence of the Hams (1994)

Movie
The Coroner (segment "The Morgue")
Body Bags

Body Bags (1993)

Movie
6
Director
Memoirs of an Invisible Man

Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)

Movie
1
Himself
Fear in the Dark

Fear in the Dark (1991)

Movie
Writer
Blood River

Blood River (1991)

Movie
Writer
El Diablo

El Diablo (1990)

Movie
Himself
Horror Cafe

Horror Cafe (1990)

Movie
Writer
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

Movie
5.62
First Works

First Works (1989)

Movie
Self
This Is Horror

This Is Horror (1989)

Movie
Director
They Live

They Live (1988)

Movie
5.46
Main Title Theme Composer
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

Movie
5.72
Director
Prince of Darkness

Prince of Darkness (1987)

Movie
4.33
Director
Big Trouble in Little China

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Movie
6.2
Writer
Black Moon Rising

Black Moon Rising (1986)

Movie
Self
Stephen King's World of Horror

Stephen King's World of Horror (1986)

Movie
Director
Starman

Starman (1984)

Movie
4.5
Executive Producer
The Philadelphia Experiment

The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

Movie
5.2
Director
Christine

Christine (1983)

Movie
4.38
Writer
Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

Movie
5.48
Director
The Thing

The Thing (1982)

Movie
5.72
Narrator
The Making of 'The Thing'

The Making of 'The Thing' (1982)

Movie
Self
Take One: Fear on Film

Take One: Fear on Film (1982)

Movie
Writer
Halloween II

Halloween II (1981)

Movie
5.63
Director
Escape from New York

Escape from New York (1981)

Movie
5.38
Director
The Fog

The Fog (1980)

Movie
5.54
Self
Fear on Film: Inside 'The Fog'

Fear on Film: Inside 'The Fog' (1980)

Movie
Writer
Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never (1979)

Movie
Director
Elvis

Elvis (1979)

Movie
Director
Someone's Watching Me!

Someone's Watching Me! (1978)

Movie
Director
Halloween

Halloween (1978)

Movie
5.92
Writer
Zuma Beach

Zuma Beach (1978)

Movie
Writer
Eyes of Laura Mars

Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

Movie
Director
Assault on Precinct 13

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

Movie
5.33
Director
Dark Star

Dark Star (1974)

Movie
Editor
Last Foxtrot in Burbank

Last Foxtrot in Burbank (1973)

Movie
Writer
The Resurrection of Broncho Billy

The Resurrection of Broncho Billy (1970)

Movie
Director
Captain Voyeur

Captain Voyeur (1969)

Movie
Camera Operator
Good Morning, Dan

Good Morning, Dan (1968)

Movie
The Rifleman

The Rifleman (1958)

TV Show
6.67
Executive Producer
The Thing

The Thing

Movie
Self
Carpenter on Quatermass

Carpenter on Quatermass

Movie
Self
Christine: Ignition

Christine: Ignition

Movie
Self
Red Desert Nights: Making Ghosts of Mars

Red Desert Nights: Making Ghosts of Mars

Movie
Executive Producer / Original Film Writer
Escape from New York

Escape from New York

Movie
Self
Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror

Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror

TV Show

Ratings

Average 5.97
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Known for
Directing

Gender
Male

Birthday
1948-01-16 (74 years old)

Birth name
John Howard Carpenter

Place of birth
Carthage, United States of America

Religion
atheism

Relationships
Adrienne Barbeau (1979-01-01 - 1984-01-01)

Spouse
Sandy King

Children
Cody Carpenter

Citizenships
United States of America

Residences
Los Angeles, United States of America

Also known as
Martin Quatermass, Frank Armitage, John T. Chance, Rip Haight, John Howard Carpenter


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