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.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
39% 68% Halloween Kills Executive Producer,
Original Music
$73.1M 2021
79% 70% 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 36% 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
60% 48% Assault on Precinct 13 Writer $19.9M 2005
20% 39% John Carpenter's Vampires: Los Muertos Executive Producer - 2002
12% 25% Halloween: Resurrection Writer $30.3M 2002
23% 24% John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars Director,
Writer,
Original Music
$8.4M 2001
67% 74% American Nightmare Self - 2000
52% 49% Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Writer,
Original Music
$55.0M 1998
42% 47% John Carpenter's Vampires Director,
Original Music
$20.2M 1998
53% 39% John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. Director,
Writer
$25.5M 1996
31% 27% Village of the Damned Director,
Original Music
$8.6M 1995
9% 37% 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% 38% Body Bags Director - 1993
24% 32% Memoirs of an Invisible Man Director $13.4M 1992
29% 52% Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Original Music $17.9M 1988
85% 79% They Live Director,
Original Music
$12.3M 1988
58% 60% Prince of Darkness Director,
Screenwriter
$12.9M 1987
74% 82% Big Trouble in Little China Director,
Original Music
$11.0M 1986
85% 69% Starman Director - 1984
69% 64% Christine Director,
Original Music
- 1983
39% 27% Halloween III: Season of the Witch Producer - 1982
86% 92% The Thing Director - 1982
31% 63% Halloween II Producer - 1981
86% 77% Escape From New York Director,
Music
- 1981
75% 64% The Fog Director,
Writer,
Original Music
$69.5K 1980
No Score Yet 64% Elvis Director - 1979
No Score Yet 41% 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
78% 65% Dark Star Director,
Writer,
Producer,
Original Music
- 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Foxtrot in Burbank Film Editor - 1973
No Score Yet 50% Resurrection of Broncho Billy Writer - 1970

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The People's Network Showcase Host 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Halloween With Funny or Die Unknown (Character) 2011
63% 89% Masters of Horror Director 2005-2006
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2001