John Carpenter

Birthday:
01/16/1948
Place of birth:
Carthage, New York, USA:
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.

Credits

In Search of Darkness: Part III (2022)
In Search of Tomorrow (2022)
as Self - Interviewee
The History of Metal and Horror (2021)
as Self
In Search of Darkness - Part II (2020)
as Himself
AGFA Mystery Mixtape #4: Follow Your Own Star (2020)
as Self
The Rise of the Synths (2019)
as Narrator
Hollywood 1982 : un été magique au cinéma (2019)
as Himself
In Search of Darkness (2019)
as Himself
Henchman: The Al Leong Story (2018)
as Himself
John Carpenter Live (2018)
as Himself
Terreur et glamour : montée et déclin du studio Hammer (2017)
as Himself - Filmmaker
John Carpenter: Live At Primavera Sound 2016 (2016)
as keyboards
The Puppet Man (2016)
Jean-Michel Jarre: The Rise of Electronic Music (2015)
as Self
Why Horror? (2014)
as Himself
‘The Birds’: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie (2012)
as Himself
Nightmare Factory (2011)
as Himself
Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star (2010)
as Himself (voice)
Halloween: The Inside Story (2010)
as Self
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue (2009)
as Himself
Monsterland (2009)
as Himself
Tales from the Script (2009)
as Himself
The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style (2009)
as Himself
In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy (2008)
as Self
Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Make-Up EFX (2008)
as Himself
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008)
as Himself
Bloodsucking Cinema (2007)
Big John (2006)
as Himself
Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon (2006)
as Himself
Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet (2006)
as Self
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)
as Self
Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006)
as Himself
Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story (2006)
as Himself
WWE: Born to Controversy - The Roddy Piper Story (2006)
as Himself
Hollywood's Greatest Villains (2005)
as Himself
The Perfect Scary Movie (2005)
as Himself
Snake Plissken: Man of Honor (2005)
Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television (2004)
as Himself
Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures (2004)
as Himself
John Carpenter: The Man and His Movies (2004)
as Himself
The Wages of Sin (2003)
as Self - Filmmaker
Something to Do With Death (2003)
as Self - Filmmaker
An Opera of Violence (2003)
as Self - Filmmaker
Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer? (2003)
as Himself (voice)
Masters of Horror (2002)
as John CARPENTER
Tales from the Mist: Inside 'The Fog' (2002)
Hidden Values: The Movies of the Fifties (2001)
as Himself
Scream and Scream Again: A History of the Slasher Film (2000)
as Self
The American Nightmare (2000)
as Himself
Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven' (2000)
as Self
Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre (2000)
as Himself
Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror (2000)
as Himself
Halloween: Unmasked (1999)
as Himself
The Thing: Terror Takes Shape (1998)
as Himself
After Sunset: The Life & Times of the Drive-In Theater (1995)
as Himself
Village of the Damned (1995)
as Man at Gas Station Phone
Il silenzio dei prosciutti (1994)
as Trenchcoat Man / Gimp
Body Bags (1993)
as The Coroner
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
as Helicopter Pilot
Fear in the Dark (1991)
as Himself
Horror Cafe (1990)
as Himself
First Works (1989)
This Is Horror (1989)
as Himself
They Live (1988)
as Voice That Says 'Sleep'
The Kid Brother (1987)
as Grandfather
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
as Worker in Chinatown (uncredited)
Stephen King's World of Horror (1986)
as Himself
Starman (1984)
as Man in Helicopter (uncredited)
The Thing (1982)
as Norwegian (video footage) (uncredited)
The Making of 'The Thing' (1982)
as Narrator
Take One: Fear on Film (1982)
Escape from New York (1981)
as Secret Service #2 / Helicopter Pilot / Violin Player
The Fog (1980)
as Bennett
Fear on Film: Inside 'The Fog' (1980)
as Self
Halloween (1978)
as Paul (voice) (uncredited)
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
as Gang Member (uncredited)
Dark Star (1974)
as Talby Voice
Carpenter on Quatermass
as Self
Halloween Ends
Characters
Halloween Ends
Executive Producer
Halloween Ends
Music
Halloween Kills
Characters
Halloween Kills
Executive Producer
Halloween Kills
Music
Short Cuts: Prince des Ténèbres
Original Film Writer
Halloween
Executive Producer
Halloween
Original Music Composer
Halloween
Characters
Halloween
Producer
The Puppet Man
Music
Halloween: Harvest of Souls, 1985
Characters
The Ward
Director
Halloween
Original Film Writer
Pro-Life
Director
Cigarette Burns
Director
The Fog
Original Film Writer
Assault on Precinct 13
Original Film Writer
Vampires: Los Muertos
Music
Vampires: Los Muertos
Executive Producer
Halloween: Resurrection
Characters
Ghosts of Mars
Director
Ghosts of Mars
Original Music Composer
Ghosts of Mars
Writer
Silent Predators
Teleplay
Vampires
Director
Vampires
Music
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Characters
Escape from L.A.
Director
Escape from L.A.
Screenplay
Escape from L.A.
Characters
Escape from L.A.
Original Music Composer
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
Characters
Village of the Damned
Director
Village of the Damned
Original Music Composer
In the Mouth of Madness
Director
In the Mouth of Madness
Original Music Composer
Body Bags
Director
Body Bags
Executive Producer
Body Bags
Original Music Composer
Memoirs of an Invisible Man
Director
Blood River
Writer
El Diablo
Writer
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
Characters
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
Main Title Theme Composer
They Live
Director
They Live
Screenplay
They Live
Original Music Composer
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Main Title Theme Composer
Prince of Darkness
Director
Prince of Darkness
Screenplay
Prince of Darkness
Original Music Composer
Big Trouble in Little China
Director
Big Trouble in Little China
Original Music Composer
Black Moon Rising
Screenplay
Black Moon Rising
Story
Black Moon Rising
Executive Producer
Starman
Director
The Philadelphia Experiment
Executive Producer
Christine
Director
Christine
Original Music Composer
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Producer
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Original Music Composer
The Thing
Director
The Thing
Original Music Composer
Halloween II
Screenplay
Halloween II
Producer
Halloween II
Original Music Composer
Escape from New York
Director
Escape from New York
Original Music Composer
Escape from New York
Screenplay
The Fog
Director
The Fog
Original Music Composer
The Fog
Screenplay
Better Late Than Never
Writer
Elvis
Director
Someone's Watching Me!
Director
Someone's Watching Me!
Writer
Halloween
Director
Halloween
Original Music Composer
Halloween
Screenplay
Zuma Beach
Writer
Eyes of Laura Mars
Screenplay
Eyes of Laura Mars
Story
Assault on Precinct 13
Director
Assault on Precinct 13
Original Music Composer
Assault on Precinct 13
Writer
Assault on Precinct 13
Editor
Dark Star
Director
Dark Star
Screenplay
Dark Star
Producer
Dark Star
Original Music Composer
Last Foxtrot in Burbank
Editor
The Resurrection of Broncho Billy
Writer
The Resurrection of Broncho Billy
Music
The Resurrection of Broncho Billy
Editor
Captain Voyeur
Writer
Captain Voyeur
Director
Captain Voyeur
Producer
Good Morning, Dan
Camera Operator
The Thing
Executive Producer

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