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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.

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      Movies

      Credit
      40% 57% Halloween Ends Executive Producer $64.0M 2022
      38% 66% Halloween Kills Executive Producer,
      Original Music
      $92.0M 2021
      79% 71% 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 No Score Yet 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% 39% 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
      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
      30% 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% 39% Body Bags Director - 1993
      26% 32% Memoirs of an Invisible Man Director $13.4M 1992
      33% 53% Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Original Music $17.9M 1988
      85% 79% They Live Director,
      Original Music
      $12.3M 1988
      61% 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
      69% 64% Christine Director,
      Original Music
      - 1983
      84% 92% The Thing Director - 1982
      50% 28% Halloween III: Season of the Witch Producer - 1982
      30% 63% Halloween II Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1981
      86% 77% Escape From New York Director,
      Music
      - 1981
      75% 64% 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
      77% 64% 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
      63% 90% Masters of Horror Director 2005-2006
      No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2001