Person Details

Birthday: 1948-01-16 04:25:30

Aliases: Martin Quatermass , Frank Armitage , John T. Chance , Rip Haight , John Howard Carpenter

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Carthage, New York, USA

Homepage: http://www.theofficialjohncarpenter.com/

Movie Involvements: 112

TV Involvements: 2


Most Famous Work

Biography

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 Famous Work

Big Trouble in Little China
Average
7

Big Trouble in Little China

(1986) Original Music Composer
Escape from L.A.
Average
6

Escape from L.A.

(1996) Characters
Escape from New York
Average
7

Escape from New York

(1981) Screenplay
Halloween
Average
6

Halloween

(2018) Characters
Ghosts of Mars
Average
5

Ghosts of Mars

(2001) Author
The Thing
Average
8

The Thing

(1982) Original Music Composer
Halloween
Average
8

Halloween

(1978) Screenplay
They Live
Average
7

They Live

(1988) Screenplay

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2021 Self - Interviewee
2019 Narrator
Himself
Himself
2018 Himself
Himself
Himself
2017 Himself - Filmmaker
2016 keyboards
N/A
2015 Himself
Self
2014 Himself
Himself
2012 Himself
2011 Himself (Host)
Himself
2010 Himself (voice)
Himself
N/A
2009 Himself
Himself
Himself
Himself
2008 Himself
Himself
Himself
Himself
2007 N/A
2006 Himself
Himself
Himself
Himself
Himself
Himself
2005 Himself
2004 Himself
Himself
Himself
Himself
2003 Himself
Himself
Himself
Himself (voice)
2002 John CARPENTER
N/A
N/A
2001 Himself
2000 Himself
Himself
Himself
Himself
1999 Himself
1998 Himself
1996 Himself
1995 Himself
Man at Gas Station Phone
1994 Trenchcoat Man / Gimp
1993 The Coroner
1992 Helicopter Pilot
1991 Himself
1990 Himself
1989 N/A
Himself
1988 Voice That Says 'Sleep'
1986 Worker in Chinatown
Himself
1984 Man in Helicopter
1982 Norwegian (video footage) (uncredited)
N/A
1981 Secret Service #2 / Helicopter Pilot / Violin Player
1980 Bennett
N/A
1978 Paul, Annie's Boyfriend (voice) (uncredited)
1976 Gang Member
1974 Talby Voice
1958 N/A
Himself
Year Character Movie/Tv

Writing

Year Role Movie/Tv
2021 Characters
2020 Characters
2018 Characters
Characters
2013 Characters
2007 Original Film Writer
2005 Original Film Writer
Original Film Writer
2002 Characters
2001 Author
1999 Teleplay
1998 Characters
1996 Screenplay
Characters
1995 Characters
1991 Writer
1990 Writer
1988 Screenplay
1987 Screenplay
1986 Story
Screenplay
1981 Screenplay
Screenplay
1980 Screenplay
1979 Writer
1978 Writer
Screenplay
Writer
Screenplay
Story
1976 Writer
1974 Screenplay
1970 Writer
1969 Writer
Year Role Movie/Tv

Sound

Year Role Movie/Tv
2018 Original Music Composer
2016 Music
2010 Music
2002 Music
2001 Original Music Composer
1998 Music
1996 Original Music Composer
1995 Original Music Composer
1994 Original Music Composer
1993 Original Music Composer
1988 Original Music Composer
1987 Original Music Composer
1986 Original Music Composer
1983 Original Music Composer
1982 Original Music Composer
Original Music Composer
1981 Original Music Composer
Original Music Composer
1980 Original Music Composer
1978 Original Music Composer
1976 Original Music Composer
1974 Original Music Composer
1970 Music
Year Role Movie/Tv

Production

Directing

Editing

Year Role Movie/Tv
1976 Editor
1973 Editor
Year Role Movie/Tv

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