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      John Carpenter

      John Carpenter

      Highest Rated: 96% Halloween (1978)

      Lowest Rated: 4% The Fog (2005)

      Birthday: Jan 16, 1948

      Birthplace: Carthage, New York, USA

      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.

      Photos

      John Carpenter ESCAPE FROM L.A., John Carpenter, 1996, (c)Paramount VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, director John Carpenter, 1995. (c)MCA/ Courtesy: Everett Eollection. IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, director John Carpenter, on set, 1995. ©New Line Cinema TALES FROM THE SCRIPT, screenwriter John Carpenter, 2009. ©First Run Features TALES FROM THE SCRIPT, screenwriter John Carpenter, 2009. ©First Run Features GHOSTS OF MARS, Ice Cube, director John Carpenter, on set, 2001. (c)Screen Gems THE FOG, Adrienne Barbeau, John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, 1980, (c) Embassy CHRISTINE, director John Carpenter, on-set, 1983, ©Columbia Pictures / THE THING, director John Carpenter, 1982, (c) Universal JOHN CARPENTER'S VAMPIRES, James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, John Carpenter, 1998. (c)Columbia Pictures ESCAPE FROM L.A., director John Carpenter (l.), 1996, (c)Paramount VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, from left: Christopher Reeve, director John Carpenter, on set, 1995. ©Universal Pictures VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, from left: Kirstie Alley, director John Carpenter, on set, 1995. ©Universal Pictures THE WARD, director John Carpenter, Amber Heard, on set, 2010. ©ARC Entertainment (II) The Real History of Science Fiction, John Carpenter, 04/19/2014, ©BBCAMERICA

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      40% 57% Halloween Ends Executive Producer $64.0M 2022
      39% 66% Halloween Kills Executive Producer,
      Original Music
      $92.0M 2021
      79% 72% Halloween Executive Producer,
      Original Music
      $159.5M 2018
      33% 26% The Ward Director - 2010
      No Score Yet 83% Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown Unknown (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 38% Bloodsucking Cinema Unknown (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 74% Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film Self - 2006
      4% 19% The Fog Writer,
      Producer
      $29.5M 2005
      59% 48% Assault on Precinct 13 Writer $19.9M 2005
      20% 38% John Carpenter's Vampires: Los Muertos Executive Producer - 2002
      10% 25% Halloween: Resurrection Writer $30.3M 2002
      23% 25% John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars Director,
      Writer,
      Original Music
      $8.4M 2001
      67% 74% American Nightmare Self - 2000
      54% 49% Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Writer,
      Original Music
      $55.0M 1998
      43% 47% John Carpenter's Vampires Director,
      Original Music
      $20.2M 1998
      54% 39% John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. Director,
      Writer,
      Original Music
      $25.5M 1996
      30% 27% Village of the Damned Director,
      Original Music
      $8.6M 1995
      8% 36% Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Original Music $14.7M 1995
      58% 73% In the Mouth of Madness Director,
      Original Music
      $8.9M 1995
      67% 39% Body Bags Director - 1993
      26% 32% Memoirs of an Invisible Man Director $13.4M 1992
      39% 53% Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Original Music $17.9M 1988
      86% 80% They Live Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Original Music
      $12.3M 1988
      62% 61% Prince of Darkness Director,
      Screenwriter
      $12.9M 1987
      74% 82% Big Trouble in Little China Director,
      Original Music
      $11.0M 1986
      86% 70% Starman Director - 1984
      70% 64% Christine Director,
      Original Music
      - 1983
      84% 92% The Thing Director - 1982
      50% 29% Halloween III: Season of the Witch Producer,
      Original Music
      - 1982
      33% 63% Halloween II Screenwriter,
      Producer,
      Original Music
      - 1981
      88% 77% Escape From New York Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Music
      - 1981
      75% 65% The Fog Director,
      Writer,
      Original Music
      $69.5K 1980
      60% 65% Elvis Director - 1979
      86% 43% Someone's Watching Me! Director - 1978
      96% 89% Halloween Director,
      Writer,
      Producer,
      Original Music,
      Non-Original Music
      $47.5M 1978
      96% 80% Assault on Precinct 13 Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1976
      74% 65% Dark Star Director,
      Writer,
      Producer,
      Original Music
      - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Foxtrot in Burbank Film Editing - 1973
      No Score Yet 50% Resurrection of Broncho Billy Writer - 1970

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2023
      18% No Score Yet John Carpenter's Suburban Screams Director 2023
      63% 85% Masters of Horror Director 2005-2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2001