John Carpenter

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
For most of his life, John Carpenter had been directing films. Surrounded by artistic influences ever since he was young - his father was an accomplished violinist and his mother routinely took him to movies - Carpenter ... Read more »
Born: 01/15/1948 in Carthage, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (28)

The Resurrection of Bronco Billy 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

Halloween 2 2009 (Movie)

("Halloween Theme") (Theme Music)

Halloween 2007 (Movie)

(Theme Song)

The Life of David Gale 2003 (Movie)

("Halloween Theme") (Theme Music)

Halloween: Resurrection 2002 (Movie)

(Theme Song)

John Carpenter's Ghosts Of Mars 2001 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Music Conductor)

John Carpenter's Ghosts Of Mars 2001 (Movie)

Musician (Performer)

John Carpenter's Ghosts Of Mars 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

John Carpenter's Vampires 1998 (Movie)

rhythm guitar and synthesizers(The Texas Toad Lickers) (Music)

John Carpenter's Vampires 1998 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. 1996 (Movie)

music score composer (Composer)

In the Mouth of Madness 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Village of the Damned 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

They Live 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Prince of Darkness 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Big Trouble in Little China 1986 (Movie)

("Big Trouble in Little China") (Song)

Big Trouble in Little China 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Terror in the Aisles 1984 (Movie)

music extract("Opening Theme From Halloween" "Theme From Halloween II") (Music)

Christine 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Halloween III: Season of the Witch 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Escape From New York 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Halloween II 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

The Fog 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

Halloween 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Assault on Precinct 13 1976 (Movie)

("You Can't Fight It") (Song)

Assault on Precinct 13 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

Dark Star 1974 (Movie)

("Benson Arizona") (Song)

Dark Star 1974 (Movie)

(Music)
Writer (28)

The Resurrection of Bronco Billy 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Halloween 2007 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Halloween 2007 (Movie)

(from screenplay: "Halloween") (Source Material)

Assault on Precinct 13 2005 (Movie)

(from screenplay: "Assault on Precinct 13") (Source Material)

The Fog 2005 (Movie)

(from screenplay: "The Fog") (Source Material)

Halloween: Resurrection 2002 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

John Carpenter's Ghosts Of Mars 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Halloween: H2O 1998 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. 1996 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers 1995 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

They Live 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Prince of Darkness 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Black Moon Rising 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

Black Moon Rising 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Escape From New York 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Halloween II 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Better Late Than Never 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Fog 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eyes of Laura Mars 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eyes of Laura Mars 1978 (Movie)

(From Story)

Halloween 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Assault on Precinct 13 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dark Star 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blood River (TV Show)

Screenplay

Silent Predators (TV Show)

Screenplay

Son of the Renegade (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Zuma Beach (TV Show)

Screenplay
Actor (25)

Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Director's Chair 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Real History of Science Fiction 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Secret World of Superfans 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

20/20 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tales From The Script 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Nightmares in Red, White and Blue 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film 2007 (Movie)

On-Camera Interview (Actor)

Boogeymen II: Masters of Horror 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Secret Movie Rules 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Hidden Values: The Movies of the Fifties 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Nightmare 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Faces of Evil 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Masters of Fantasy: John Carpenter 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Silence of the Hams 1994 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

John Carpenter Presents Body Bags 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Firstworks 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boy Who Could Fly 1986 (Movie)

Coupe de Villes Member (Actor)

Bloodsucking Cinema (TV Show)

Actor
Director (21)

The Ward 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Masters of Horror 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

John Carpenter's Ghosts Of Mars 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

John Carpenter's Vampires 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

In the Mouth of Madness 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Village of the Damned 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Memoirs of An Invisible Man 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

They Live 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Prince of Darkness 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Big Trouble in Little China 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Starman 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Christine 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Thing 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Escape From New York 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fog 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Halloween 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Assault on Precinct 13 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Dark Star 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Elvis (TV Show)

Director

Someone's Watching Me! (TV Show)

Director
Producer (10)

Rewind This! 2012 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Halloween 2007 (Movie)

(Consulting Producer)

The Fog 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

John Carpenter Presents Vampires: Los Muertos 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Philadelphia Experiment 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Halloween III: Season of the Witch 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Halloween II 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dark Star 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

El Diablo (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Son of the Renegade (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (3)

The Challenge 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Editorial Assistant

The Resurrection of Bronco Billy 2014 (Movie)

(Editor)

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat (TV Show)

Editorial Assistant
Executive (1)

The Horror Hall of Fame II (TV Show)

Executive
Production Management (1)

Top Chef: Just Desserts 2011 (Tv Show)

Post-Production Coordinator
Other (5)

Top Chef 2012 (Tv Show)

Post-Production Assistant

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers 1995 (Movie)

Halloween Theme (Other)

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers 1989 (Movie)

original("Halloween" theme music) (Other)

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers 1988 (Movie)

original("Halloween" theme music) (Other)

Terror in the Aisles 1984 (Movie)

film extracts("Halloween" (1978) "The Fog" (1979)) (Other)

Biography

For most of his life, John Carpenter had been directing films. Surrounded by artistic influences ever since he was young - his father was an accomplished violinist and his mother routinely took him to movies - Carpenter naturally made the transition from childhood experimenter, to film student, to finally, professional director. Unexpected, however, was his making one the most important horror films ever in "Halloween" (1978), a chilling tale of a serial killer terrorizing a small town that was shot for a mere $300,000 and became one of the most profitable films of all time. Without stars, special effects or visible gore - there was nary a drop of blood on screen - "Halloween" launched Carpenter's career, while spawning untold numbers of imitators, no less than six direct sequels, and one (awful) remake. Though he went on to direct other seminal films - "Escape from New York" (1981), "Christine" (1983) and "Big Trouble In Little China" (1986) - Carpenter was forever remembered for creating a new horror subgenre - the slasher flick - that has often been imitated, but never duplicated.

Relationships

Milton Jean Carpenter

Mother

Adrienne Barbeau Actor

Ex-Wife
Met on the set of his 1978 TV movie, "Someone's Watching Me!" married from 1979-1984 appeared in several of Carpenter's film and TV projects

Howard Carpenter

Father
Played with Roy Orbison, Frank Sinatra and Brenda Lee one of the originators of the "Nashville sound"

John Carpenter

Son
Born May 7, 1984 mother Adrienne Barbeau

Debra Hill Actor

Companion
produced and co-scripted Carpenter's "Halloween" (1978) and "The Fog" (1980), produced "Escape From New York" (1981), produced and co-scripted "Escape From L.A." met Carpenter while working as script supervisor on "Assault on Precinct 13" (1976) no longer together

Sandy King Actor

Wife
Married in 1990 has collaborated with Carpenter on many of his films and some TV projects

EDUCATION

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green , Kentucky
Transferred out in 1968

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1968 - 1971
Attended USC's School of Cinematic Arts

Milestones

2010

Returned to directing with "The Ward"

2006

Once again directed an episode of Showtime's Masters of Horror series, "Pro-Life"

2005

Produced the big budget remake of his film, The Fog"

2005

Directed "Cigarette Burns," an episode of Showtime's "Masters of Horror" series

2001

Wrote and directed the horror film, "Ghosts of Mars"

1998

Directed the film, "Vampires," starring James Woods as the leader of a band of vampire hunters

1996

Re-teamed with Kurt Russell for the sequel, "John Carpenter's Escape From L.A."

1993

Executive produced and directed two segments of the Showtime anthology, "John Carpenter Presents Body Bags"

1990

Wrote and produced the Western comedy "El Diablo," for HBO

1987

Returned to low-budget filmmaking with "Prince of Darkness"

1985

Directed Kurt Russell in "Big Trouble in Little China"

1984

Directed t"Starman," starring Jeff Bridges in his Oscar nominated role

1984

Made debut as an executive producer, "The Philadelphia Experiment"

1983

Directed the film adaptation of the Stephen King novel, "Christine"

1982

Directed first film he did not write, "The Thing"; again collaborated with Russell

1981

Second collaboration with Kurt Russell, "Escape From New York"

1980

Directed, wrote and composed the score for "The Fog"; also made his screen acting debut

1979

Helmed the ABC biopic "Elvis"; Kurt Russell played the title role in their first collaboration

1978

First mainstream Hollywood film, "Eyes of Laura Mars"

1978

TV-movie writing debut, "Zuma Beach" (NBC)

1978

Directed Lauren Hutton in the NBC TV-movie, "Someone's Watching Me!"; first screen collaboration with future wife Adrienne Barbeau

1978

Wrote, directed and composed the score for his breakthrough film, "Halloween"

1976

Wrote, directed and scored second feature, "Assault on Precinct 13"

1974

First major film as director, "Dark Star"; also co-wrote Dan O'Bannon

1968

Served as co-writer, film editor and music composer on the Oscar-winning short, "The Resurrection of Bronco Billy"

1965

Emerald Productions published the film fanzine, Fantastic Films Illustrated

1956

At age eight, began making his own action-oriented movies using his father's 8mm Brownie camera

Met future collaborator Dan O'Bannon while both were graduate film students at USC

Made his last, and reportedly best short, "Gorgon the Space Monster"

Filmed the 40-minute short, "Warrior and the Demon"; this was Carpenter's first use of stop-motion animation

Formed own production company Hye Whitebread Productions with wife Barbeau

First substantial film, the 40-minute featurette, "Revenge of the Colossal Beasts"

While still a teen, formed own production company, Emerald Productions

Bonus Trivia

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Carpenter should not be confused with the stage and film actor of the same name.

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Awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree from Western Kentucky University on May 12, 2007 at the spring commencement.

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On Oct. 9, 2010, Carpenter was hospitalised in Florida after suffering a seizure at a film convention.

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