Biography

John Howard Carpenter is 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.

John Howard Carpenter is 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.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 102

Birthday 1948-01-16

Place of Birth Carthage, New York, USA

Official Site http://www.theofficialjohncarpenter.com/

Also Known As

  • Martin Quatermass
  • Frank Armitage
  • John T. Chance
  • Rip Haight

Acting TV ShowsMovies

John Carpenter Live Retrospective 2016 as Himself
2018 Henchman: The Al Leong Story as Himself
2017 Terreur et glamour - Montée et déclin du studio Hammer as Himself
2016 The Puppet Man
2015 Jean-Michel Jarre: The Rise of Electronic Music as Himself
2014 Why Horror?
2012 ‘The Birds’: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie as Himself
2011 Charlie Brown's Blockhead Revenge as Himself (Host)
2011 Nightmare Factory as Himself
2010 Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star as Himself (voice)
2010 Halloween: The Inside Story as Himself
2010 A History of Horror(3 episodes)
2009 Nightmares in Red, White and Blue as Himself
2009 Monsterland as Himself
2009 Tales from the Script as Himself
2009 The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style as Himself
2008 In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy as Himself
2008 Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh
2008 Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown as Himself
2008 Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master as Himself
2007 Bloodsucking Cinema
2006 Big John as Himself
2006 Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon as Himself
2006 Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film as Himself
2006 Halloween: 25 Years of Terror
2006 Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story as Himself
2005 The Perfect Scary Movie as Himself
2004 Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television as Himself
2004 Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures as Himself
2004 100 Scariest Movie Moments(5 episodes) as Himself
2004 John Carpenter: The Man and His Movies as Himself
2003 Once Upon a Time in the West: An Opera of Violence as Himself
2003 Halloween: A Cut Above the Rest as Himself
2003 Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer? as Himself (voice)
2002 Through the Night with...(1 episode)
2001 Hidden Values: The Movies of the Fifties as Himself
2000 The American Nightmare as Himself
2000 Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven' as Himself
2000 Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror as Himself
2000 Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre as Himself
1999 Halloween: Unmasked as Himself
1998 The Thing: Terror Takes Shape as Himself
1996 100 Years of Horror: Witchcraft and Demons as Himself
1995 After Sunset: The Life & Times of the Drive-In Theater as Himself
1994 The Silence of the Hams as Trenchcoat Man / Gimp
1993 Body Bags as The Coroner
1991 Fear in the Dark as Himself
1990 Horror Cafe as Himself
1989 First Works
1989 This Is Horror as Himself
1986 Stephen King's World of Horror as Himself
1984 Night of the Ghouls as Capt. Robbins
1982 Take One: Fear on Film
1978 Halloween as Paul, Annie's Boyfriend (voice) (uncredited)
1976 Assault on Precinct 13 as Gang Member
1958 The Rifleman(1 episode)

Writing

2018 HalloweenCharacters
2018 The Spirit of HaddonfieldCharacters
2013 Halloween: Harvest of Souls, 1985Characters
2012 Halloween: AwakeningWriter
2007 HalloweenScreenplay
2005 The FogScreenplay
2005 Assault on Precinct 13Screenplay
2003 Jason Vs. LeatherfaceCharacters
2001 Ghosts of MarsAuthor
1999 Silent PredatorsTeleplay
1996 Escape from L.A.Characters
1996 Escape from L.A.Screenplay
1995 Halloween: The Curse of Michael MyersCharacters
1991 Blood RiverWriter
1990 El DiabloWriter
1988 They LiveScreenplay
1987 Prince of DarknessScreenplay
1986 Black Moon RisingStory
1986 Black Moon RisingScreenplay
1981 Halloween IIScreenplay
1981 Escape from New YorkScreenplay
1980 The FogScreenplay
1978 Someone's Watching Me!Writer
1978 HalloweenScreenplay
1978 Zuma BeachWriter
1978 Eyes of Laura MarsWriter
1976 Assault on Precinct 13Writer
1974 Dark StarScreenplay
1970 The Resurrection of Broncho BillyWriter
1969 Captain VoyeurWriter

Directing

2014 Shock Value: The Movie—How Dan O’Bannon and Some USC Outsiders Helped Invent Modern HorrorDirector
2010 The WardDirector
2006 Pro-LifeDirector
2005 Cigarette BurnsDirector
2005 Masters of Horror(2 episodes)Director
2001 Ghosts of MarsDirector
1998 VampiresDirector
1996 Escape from L.A.Director
1995 Village of the DamnedDirector
1994 In the Mouth of MadnessDirector
1993 Body BagsDirector
1992 Memoirs of an Invisible ManDirector
1988 They LiveDirector
1987 Prince of DarknessDirector
1986 Big Trouble in Little ChinaDirector
1984 StarmanDirector
1983 ChristineDirector
1982 The ThingDirector
1981 Escape from New YorkDirector
1980 The FogDirector
1979 ElvisDirector
1978 Someone's Watching Me!Director
1978 HalloweenDirector
1976 Assault on Precinct 13Director
1974 Dark StarDirector
1969 Captain VoyeurDirector

Sound

2018 The Shape StalksMusic
2018 HalloweenOriginal Music Composer
2016 The Puppet ManMusic
2010 Red Nose, Black HeartMusic
2002 Vampires: Los MuertosMusic
2001 Ghosts of MarsOriginal Music Composer
1998 VampiresMusic
1996 Escape from L.A.Original Music Composer
1995 Village of the DamnedOriginal Music Composer
1994 In the Mouth of MadnessOriginal Music Composer
1993 Body BagsOriginal Music Composer
1988 They LiveOriginal Music Composer
1987 Prince of DarknessOriginal Music Composer
1986 Big Trouble in Little ChinaOriginal Music Composer
1983 ChristineOriginal Music Composer
1982 Halloween III: Season of the WitchOriginal Music Composer
1982 The ThingOriginal Music Composer
1981 Halloween IIOriginal Music Composer
1981 Escape from New YorkOriginal Music Composer
1980 The FogOriginal Music Composer
1978 HalloweenOriginal Music Composer
1976 Assault on Precinct 13Original Music Composer
1974 Dark StarOriginal Music Composer
1970 The Resurrection of Broncho BillyMusic

Production

Escape from New YorkProducer
2018 HalloweenProducer
2018 HalloweenExecutive Producer
2002 Vampires: Los MuertosExecutive Producer
1993 Body BagsExecutive Producer
1986 Black Moon RisingExecutive Producer
1984 The Philadelphia ExperimentExecutive Producer
1982 Halloween III: Season of the WitchProducer
1981 Halloween IIProducer
1978 Eyes of Laura MarsProducer
1974 Dark StarProducer

Editing

1976 Assault on Precinct 13Editor

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