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John Carpenter

Next to Borris Karloff, when most people think of horror, John Carpenter's name undoubtedly comes to mind. Born in Carthage, New York on January 16, 1948, John Howard Carpenter was introduced at a very young age to the power of shock cinema. Growing up in a time when a person could see a new horror or science fiction film every week, young John found himself drawn to classic movies such as It Came from Outer Space and Forbidden Planet. After his schooling, he went to film school and participated in the making of several films, including The Resurrection of Broncho Billy, which won an Academy Award in 1971 for Best Short Live-Action Subject. In 1974, Carpenter got together $60,000 to make Dark Star, a sci-fi comedy mocking Stanley Kubrick's famed 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Its success prompted him to continue in filmmaking, wherein he ended up creating the 1978 box-office hit, Halloween, starring the then-unknown Jamie Lee Curtis. Having been made on a shoestring budget, the film grossed so well, Carpenter decided to stay with the horror genre. The following year he made The Fog, once again with Curtis in the lead role. In 1981, he created the cult classic Escape from New York, which starred Kurt Russell and was written by Nick Castle, a friend of Carpenter's who also played the sadistic killer Michael Myers in Halloween. Prompted by adoring fans to revive the masked killing machine, Carpenter helped bring Myers back to the big screen in 1981's Halloween 2. Since then, there have been several more Halloween films, but Carpenter has not worked on any of them. John has also been responsible for such films as The Thing (1982), Steven King's Christine (1983), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), and Prince of Darkness (1987). After that, he directed In the Mouth of Madness and Village of the Damned, both in 1995, and helmed the big-budget sequel to Escape from New York entitled Escape from L.A. (1996). When approached with doing another Halloween film twenty years after the original, Carpenter was uninterested, hoping to concentrate more on his film, Vampires (1998). His latest film, Ghosts of Mars (2001), worked as a melting pot for all of his old ideas - survival, the supernatural, outer space, and shocks. Carpenter has acted in very few films, but most notably appeared in Body Bags, which was aired on HBO in 1993 and is currently available on home video. A FACT ABOUT CARPENTER John "signed" his 1986 film, Big Trouble in Little China. When Lightning (James Pax) is crushed to death under a falling vase at the end of the feature, a tiny strand of electricity pops up from his body and quickly spells out the word "Carpenter"... in Chinese.


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Born:
Jan 16, 1948 In Carthage, New York, USA
Horror movies:
61
First Appeared:
In the movie Eyes of Laura Mars 1978-08-02
Latest Project:
Movie Rabid 2019-12-31
Splat Known For
Poster of They Live
Poster of Prince of Darkness
Poster of The Thing
Poster of Halloween
Splat John Carpenter Horror Filmography
Movie Rabid Writer (Original writing) 2019-12-31
Movie Halloween Returns Writer (characters)/Composer: theme music 2017
Movie Why Horror? Himself 2014-10-31
Movie Halloween Awakening: The Legacy of Michael Myers Writer (Character) 2012-10-31
Movie Nightmare Factory Himself 2011-10-27
Movie The Future of Fear Himself 2011-11-25
Movie Halloween: The Inside Story Himself 2010-10-25
Movie The Ward Director 2010-09-13
Movie A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss Himself 2010-10-25
Movie Monsterland Himself 2009-03-29
Movie Nightmares in Red, White and Blue Himself 2009-08-06
Movie Science of Horror Himself 2008-07-15
Movie Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero Himself 2008
Movie Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown Himself 2008-07-24
Movie Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh Himself 2008-10-07
Movie The Fearmakers Collection Himself 2007-05-08
Movie Bloodsucking Cinema Himself 2007-10-26
Movie Halloween Writer (1978 screenplay) 2007-08-31
Movie Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film Himself 2006-10-13
Movie Halloween: 25 Years of Terror 2006-07-26
Movie Pro-life Director 2006-11-24
Movie The Fog Writer (1980 screenplay)/Producer 2005-10-14
Movie The Perfect Scary Movie Himself 2005-10-29
Movie Cigarette Burns Director 2005-12-16
Movie John Carpenter: The Man and His Movies Himself 2004-03-23
Movie The 100 Scariest Movie Moments Himself 2004-10-26
Movie Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television Himself 2004-10-31
Movie Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures Himself 2004-10-30
Movie Halloween: A Cut Above The Rest Himself 2003-08-05
Movie Halloween: Resurrection Writer (characters)/Composer (theme music) 2002-07-01
Movie Masters of Horror Himself 2002-11-06
Movie Ghosts of Mars Director/Writer/Composer 2001-08-24
Movie Scream and Scream Again: A History of the Slasher Film Hilmself 2000
Movie Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre Himself 2000-01-01
Movie The American Nightmare Himself (archive footage) 2000-09-11
Movie Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror Himself 2000-01-01
Movie Silent Predators Writer (teleplay) 1999-06-13
Movie Halloween: Unmasked 2000 Himself 1999-09-13
Movie Unmasking the Horror Himself 1998
Movie The Thing: Terror Takes Shape Himself 1998-01-01
Movie Vampires Director/Composer 1998-10-30
Movie Halloween: H20 Writer (characters)/Composer (theme music) 1998-08-05
Series Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror Himself 1997
Movie Village of the Damned Director/Composer/Actor (Man at Gas Station Phone) 1995-04-28
Movie Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Writer (characters)/Composer (theme "Halloween") 1995-09-29
Movie In the Mouth of Madness Director/Composer 1994-12-12
Movie Body Bags Director (segments "The Gas Station", "Hair")/Actor (The Coroner) 1993-08-07
Movie Fear in the Dark Himself 1991-10-29
Movie Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers Writer (characters)/Composer (theme "Halloween") 1989-10-13
Movie Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Composer: theme "Halloween" 1988-10-21
Movie They Live Director/Writer/Composer 1988-11-23
Movie Prince of Darkness Director/Writer/Composer 1987-10-23
Movie Stephen King's World of Horror Himself 1986-01-01
Movie Christine Director/Composer 1983-12-09
Movie Halloween III: Season of the Witch Writer (uncredited)/Producer/Composer 1982-10-22
Movie The Thing Director 1982-06-25
Movie Halloween II Writer/Producer/Composer/Director: additional scenes (uncredited) 1981-10-30
Movie The Fog Director/Writer/Composer 1980-02-08
Movie Eyes of Laura Mars Writer/Story 1978-08-02
Movie Halloween Director/Writer/Producer (uncredited)/Composer/Paul, Annie's Boyfriend (voice) (uncredited) 1978-10-25
Movie Someone's Watching Me! Director/Writer 1978-11-27