John Carpenter

John Carpenter

  • Birthday: 1948-01-16
  • Place of birth: Carthage, New York, USA
  • Also know as: Martin Quatermass

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.

Filmography

Body Bags

1993

As The Coroner

Tales from the Script

2009

As Himself

Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer?

2003

As Himself (voice)

Big John

2006

As Himself

Horror Cafe

1990

As Himself

John Carpenter Live

2018

As Himself

1982 - Hollywood Summer

2019

As Himself

The Rise of the Synths

2019

As Narrator

The Making of 'The Thing'

1982

As Narrator

Halloween: Unmasked

1999

As Himself

Monsterland

2009

As Himself

The American Nightmare

2000

As Himself

The Wages of Sin

2003

As Self - Filmmaker

An Opera of Violence

2003

As Self - Filmmaker

Masters of Horror

2002

As John CARPENTER

Something to Do with Death

2003

As Self - Filmmaker

The Perfect Scary Movie

2005

As Himself

Nightmare Factory

2011

As Himself

Why Horror?

2014

As Himself

In Search of Tomorrow

2022

As Self - Interviewee

Fear in the Dark

1991

As Himself

This Is Horror

1989

As Himself

Dark Star

1974

As Talby Voice

First Works

1989

As

Studio 666

2022

As Engineer

The Fog

1980

As Bennett

The Silence of the Hams

1994

As Trenchcoat Man / Gimp

Escape from New York

1981

As Secret Service #2 / Helicopter Pilot / Violin Player

The Thing

1982

As Norwegian (video footage) (uncredited)

Village of the Damned

1995

As Man at Gas Station Phone

Memoirs of an Invisible Man

1992

As Helicopter Pilot

Halloween

1978

As Paul (voice) (uncredited)

Assault on Precinct 13

1976

As Gang Member (uncredited)

Starman

1984

As Man in Helicopter (uncredited)

Big Trouble in Little China

1986

As Worker in Chinatown (uncredited)

They Live

1988

As Voice That Says 'Sleep'

Production

Good Morning, Dan

1968

As Camera Operator

The Fog

1980

As Director

Halloween

1978

As Director

The Thing

1982

As Director

Escape from New York

1981

As Director

Dark Star

1974

As Director

Ghosts of Mars

2001

As Director

Escape from L.A.

1996

As Director

In the Mouth of Madness

1995

As Director

Someone's Watching Me!

1978

As Director

Body Bags

1993

As Director

They Live

1988

As Director

Christine

1983

As Director

Village of the Damned

1995

As Director

Prince of Darkness

1987

As Director

Starman

1984

As Director

Vampires

1998

As Director

Elvis

1979

As Director

The Ward

2010

As Director

Assault on Precinct 13

1976

As Director

Cigarette Burns

2005

As Director

Pro-Life

2006

As Director

Captain Voyeur

1969

As Director

Assault on Precinct 13

1976

As Editor

Dark Star

1974

As Producer

The Philadelphia Experiment

1984

As Executive Producer

Halloween II

1981

As Producer

Body Bags

1993

As Executive Producer

Black Moon Rising

1986

As Executive Producer

Halloween

2018

As Executive Producer

Halloween

2018

As Producer

Vampires: Los Muertos

2002

As Executive Producer

Captain Voyeur

1969

As Producer

The Thing

0000

As Executive Producer

Halloween Ends

2022

As Executive Producer

Halloween Kills

2021

As Executive Producer

The Fog

1980

As Original Music Composer

Halloween

1978

As Original Music Composer

Escape from New York

1981

As Original Music Composer

Dark Star

1974

As Original Music Composer

Ghosts of Mars

2001

As Original Music Composer

Escape from L.A.

1996

As Original Music Composer

In the Mouth of Madness

1995

As Original Music Composer

Vampires: Los Muertos

2002

As Music

Halloween III: Season of the Witch

1982

As Original Music Composer

Halloween II

1981

As Original Music Composer

Big Trouble in Little China

1986

As Original Music Composer

Body Bags

1993

As Original Music Composer

They Live

1988

As Original Music Composer

Christine

1983

As Original Music Composer

Prince of Darkness

1987

As Original Music Composer

Vampires

1998

As Music

Assault on Precinct 13

1976

As Original Music Composer

The Puppet Man

2016

As Music

Halloween

2018

As Original Music Composer

Village of the Damned

1995

As Original Music Composer

The Thing

1982

As Original Music Composer

Halloween Kills

2021

As Music

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

1989

As Main Title Theme Composer

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

1988

As Main Title Theme Composer

Firestarter

2022

As Original Music Composer

Studio 666

2022

As Music

Halloween Ends

2022

As Original Music Composer

The Fog

1980

As Screenplay

Halloween

1978

As Screenplay

Escape from New York

1981

As Screenplay

Dark Star

1974

As Screenplay

Escape from L.A.

1996

As Screenplay

Escape from L.A.

1996

As Characters

Halloween II

1981

As Screenplay

Someone's Watching Me!

1978

As Writer

They Live

1988

As Screenplay

Prince of Darkness

1987

As Screenplay

Black Moon Rising

1986

As Screenplay

Zuma Beach

1978

As Writer

Assault on Precinct 13

1976

As Writer

Silent Predators

1999

As Teleplay

Blood River

1991

As Writer

Black Moon Rising

1986

As Story

Halloween

2018

As Characters

Captain Voyeur

1969

As Writer

El Diablo

1990

As Writer

Halloween: Resurrection

2002

As Characters

Halloween

2007

As Original Film Writer

Assault on Precinct 13

2005

As Original Film Writer

The Fog

2005

As Original Film Writer

Eyes of Laura Mars

1978

As Screenplay

Eyes of Laura Mars

1978

As Story

Halloween Kills

2021

As Characters

Halloween Ends

2022

As Characters

Better Late Than Never

1979

As Writer

Short cuts : Prince of Darkness

2021

As Original Film Writer

Ghosts of Mars

2001

As Writer

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