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John Carpenter

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John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American filmmaker and screenwriter. Although Carpenter has worked with various movie genres, he is associated most commonly with horror, action, and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s. Most films of Carpenter's career were initially commercial and critical failures, with the notable exceptions of Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), and Starman (1984). However, many of Carpenter's films from the 1970s and the 1980s have come to be considered as cult classics, and he has been acknowledged as an influential filmmaker. The cult classics that Carpenter has directed include Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), The Thing (1982), ()
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An American film director, screenwriter, producer, editor, composer, and occasional actor. Although Carpenter has worked in numerous film genres in his four-decade career, his name is most commonly associated with horror and science fiction. Most films in Carpenter's career were initially commercial and critical failures, with the notable exceptions of Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), and Starman (1984). However, many of Carpenter's films from the 1970s and the 1980s have come to be viewed as cult classics, and he has been acknowledged as an influential filmmaker. Cult classics that Carpenter directed 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) and In the Mouth of Madness (1995). His films are characterized by minimalist lighting and photography, static cameras, use of steadicam, and distinctive synthesized scores. Carpenter is also notable for having composed or co-composed most of the music of his films; some of them are now considered cult as well, with the main theme of Halloween being considered a part of popular culture. His music is generally synthesized with accompaniment from piano and atmospherics. He released his first studio album Lost Themes in 2015, and also won a Saturn Award for Best Music for Vampires (1998). Carpenter is an outspoken proponent of widescreen filming, and all of his theatrical movies (with the exception of Dark Star and The Ward) were filmed anamorphic with a 2.35:1 or greater aspect ratio. The Ward was shot in Super 35, the first time Carpenter has ever used that system. Carpenter has stated he feels that the 35mm Panavision anamorphic format is "the best movie system there is", preferring it over both digital and 3D film. Many of Carpenter's films have been re-released on DVD as special editions with numerous bonus features. Carpenter has been the subject of the documentary film John Carpenter: The Man and His Movies, and American Cinematheque's 2002 retrospective of his films. Moreover, in 2006, the United States Library of Congress deemed Halloween to be "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. In 2010, writer and actor Mark Gatiss interviewed Carpenter about his career and films for his BBC documentary series A History of Horror. Carpenter appears in all three episodes of the series. He was also interviewed by Robert Rodriguez for his The Director's Chair series on El Rey Network. Many filmmakers have been influenced by Carpenter, including James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino ((The Hateful Eight was heavily influenced by The Thing), Guillermo del Toro, Robert Rodriguez, Edgar Wright, Danny Boyle, Nicolas Winding Refn, Bong Joon-ho, among others. The video game Dead Space 3 is said to be influenced by Carpenter's The Thing, The Fog and Halloween, and Carpenter has stated that he would be enthusiastic to adapt that series into a feature film.

Most frequent genres for this person: Documentaries | Horror | Thriller

Known for these Movies & Shows


Movies with John Carpenter as Actor(50)

as himself2011 Nightmare Factory
as Himself (Host)2011 Charlie Brown's Blockhead Revenge
as himself2009 Monsterland
as himself2009 Tales from the Script
as himself2006 Big John
as Himself (voice)2003 Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer?
as John CARPENTER2002 Masters of Horror
as himself2000 The American Nightmare
as himself1999 Halloween: Unmasked
as Trenchcoat Man / Gimp1994 The Silence of the Hams
as The Coroner1993 Body Bags
as himself1991 Fear in the Dark
as Norwegian (video footage) (uncredited)1982 The Thing
as Paul, Annie's Boyfriend (voice) (uncredited)1978 Halloween
as Gang Member1976 Assault on Precinct 13
as Capt. Robbins1959 Night of the Ghouls

TV Shows/Series with John Carpenter as Actor(3)

Movies with John Carpenter as Crew(92)

Production/Executive Producer2019 Escape from New York
Production/Executive Producer2018 Halloween
Sound/Original Music Composer2018 Halloween
Writing/Characters2018 Halloween
Production/Producer2018 Halloween
Writing/Characters2018 The Spirit of Haddonfield
Sound/Music2016 The Puppet Man
Writing/Characters2013 Halloween: Harvest of Souls, 1985
Writing/Characters2012 Halloween: Awakening
Directing/Director2010 The Ward
Sound/Music2010 Red Nose, Black Heart
Writing/Original Film Writer2007 Halloween
Directing/Director2006 Pro-Life
Writing/Original Film Writer2005 The Fog
Writing/Original Film Writer2005 Assault on Precinct 13
Directing/Director2005 Cigarette Burns
Writing/Characters2003 Jason Vs. Leatherface
Writing/Characters2002 Halloween: Resurrection
Sound/Music2002 Vampires: Los Muertos
Production/Executive Producer2002 Vampires: Los Muertos
Directing/Director2001 Ghosts of Mars
Sound/Original Music Composer2001 Ghosts of Mars
Writing/Author2001 Ghosts of Mars
Writing/Teleplay1999 Silent Predators
Directing/Director1998 Vampires
Sound/Music1998 Vampires
Writing/Characters1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Directing/Director1996 Escape from L.A.
Writing/Screenplay1996 Escape from L.A.
Writing/Characters1996 Escape from L.A.
Sound/Original Music Composer1996 Escape from L.A.
Directing/Director1995 Village of the Damned
Sound/Original Music Composer1995 Village of the Damned
Directing/Director1994 In the Mouth of Madness
Sound/Original Music Composer1994 In the Mouth of Madness
Directing/Director1993 Body Bags
Production/Executive Producer1993 Body Bags
Sound/Original Music Composer1993 Body Bags
Directing/Director1992 Memoirs of an Invisible Man
Writing/Writer1991 Blood River
Writing/Writer1990 El Diablo
Directing/Director1988 They Live
Writing/Screenplay1988 They Live
Sound/Original Music Composer1988 They Live
Directing/Director1987 Prince of Darkness
Writing/Screenplay1987 Prince of Darkness
Sound/Original Music Composer1987 Prince of Darkness
Directing/Director1986 Big Trouble in Little China
Sound/Original Music Composer1986 Big Trouble in Little China
Writing/Screenplay1986 Black Moon Rising
Writing/Story1986 Black Moon Rising
Production/Executive Producer1986 Black Moon Rising
Directing/Director1984 Starman
Production/Executive Producer1984 The Philadelphia Experiment
Directing/Director1983 Christine
Sound/Original Music Composer1983 Christine
Directing/Director1982 The Thing
Sound/Original Music Composer1982 The Thing
Production/Producer1982 Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Sound/Original Music Composer1982 Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Writing/Screenplay1981 Halloween II
Production/Producer1981 Halloween II
Sound/Original Music Composer1981 Halloween II
Directing/Director1981 Escape from New York
Sound/Original Music Composer1981 Escape from New York
Writing/Screenplay1981 Escape from New York
Directing/Director1980 The Fog
Sound/Original Music Composer1980 The Fog
Writing/Screenplay1980 The Fog
Directing/Director1979 Elvis
Writing/Writer1978 Zuma Beach
Directing/Director1978 Someone's Watching Me!
Writing/Writer1978 Someone's Watching Me!
Writing/Screenplay1978 Eyes of Laura Mars
Writing/Story1978 Eyes of Laura Mars
Directing/Director1978 Halloween
Sound/Original Music Composer1978 Halloween
Writing/Screenplay1978 Halloween
Directing/Director1976 Assault on Precinct 13
Writing/Writer1976 Assault on Precinct 13
Editing/Editor1976 Assault on Precinct 13
Sound/Original Music Composer1976 Assault on Precinct 13
Directing/Director1974 Dark Star
Writing/Screenplay1974 Dark Star
Production/Producer1974 Dark Star
Sound/Original Music Composer1974 Dark Star
Writing/Writer1969 Captain Voyeur
Directing/Director1969 Captain Voyeur
Production/Producer1969 Captain Voyeur

TV Shows/Series with John Carpenter as Crew(1)

Directing/Director2005 Masters of Horror

Albums by John Carpenter in the iTunes Store

Halloween (Original 2018 Motion Picture Soundtrack)

21 Tracks - Soundtrack
2018 - Sacred Bones Records

Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998

13 Tracks - Soundtrack
2017 - Rodeo Suplex, Inc. d/b/a Rodeo Suplex Music under exclusive license to Sacred Bones Records

Classic Themes Redux - EP

4 Tracks - Soundtrack
2016 - Rodeo Suplex, Inc. d/b/a Rodeo Suplex Music under exclusive license to Sacred Bones Records

Lost Themes II

12 Tracks - Electronic
2016 - Rodeo Suplex, Inc. d/b/a Rodeo Suplex Music under exclusive license to Sacred Bones Records

Lost Themes Remixed

8 Tracks - Alternative
2015 - Rodeo Suplex, Inc. d/b/a Rodeo Suplex Music under exclusive license to Sacred Bones Records

Lost Themes

15 Tracks - Alternative
2015 - Rodeo Suplex, Inc. d/b/a Rodeo Suplex Music under exclusive license to Sacred Bones Records.

The Fog (Original Film Soundtrack) [Expanded Edition]

34 Tracks - Soundtrack
2012 - StudioCanal issued under license to Silva Screen Records

Halloween (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

11 Tracks - Soundtrack
2010 - Halloween

Prince of Darkness (Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

28 Tracks - Soundtrack
2009 - Alan Howarth Music

Escape from New York (Original Film Soundtrack)

28 Tracks - Soundtrack
2005 - Canal + DA

Vampires (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)

16 Tracks - Soundtrack
2003 - Largo Entertainment, Inc.

Ghosts of Mars (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)

12 Tracks - Soundtrack
2001 - Martian Filmworks, Inc., under exclusive license to Varese Sarabande Records

Village of the Damned (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

13 Tracks - Soundtrack
1995 - Universal City Studios, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Varese Sarabande Records

Body Bags (A Showtime Original Movie)

19 Tracks - Soundtrack
1993 - Varèse Sarabande

Christine (Original Motion Picture Score)

18 Tracks - Original Score
1990 - Varèse Sarabande

Additional Information

Full Name: John Carpenter
Born: 01/16/1948 in Carthage (current age: 71)
Zodiac sign: Capricorn (Chinese zodiac sign: Rat)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: University of Southern California, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Western Kentucky University
Record Label: Sacred Bones Records
Spouses (current/former): Adrienne Barbeau
Influenced by/Role models: Howard Hawks
Other names for John Carpenter (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Martin Quatermass"
"Frank Armitage"
"John T. Chance"
"Rip Haight"
"John Howard Carpenter"
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:2054, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 04/15/2019