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John Carpenter

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.

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Jan 16, 1948 In Carthage, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955-10-02
Latest Project:
Movie In Search of Tomorrow 2021-04-01
Known For
Poster of The Director's Chair
Poster of Big Trouble in Little China
Poster of Escape from New York
Poster of Halloween
Movie In Search of Tomorrow Self - Interviewee 2021-04-01
Movie In Search of Darkness: Part II Himself 2020-10-06
Movie 1982 - Hollywood Summer Himself 2019-09-06
Movie In Search of Darkness: A Journey Into Iconic '80s Horror Himself 2019-05-01
Movie The Rise of the Synths Narrator 2019-11-15
Movie Sitges - 51st Fantastic International Film Festival of Catalonia Himself 2018-10-04
Movie John Carpenter Live Himself 2018-10-31
Movie Henchman: The Al Leong Story Himself 2018-12-15
Movie Dark Glamour: The Blood and Guts of Hammer Productions Himself - Filmmaker 2017-08-06
Movie The Puppet Man Unknown 2016-01-22
Movie John Carpenter: Live At Primavera Sound 2016 keyboards 2016-06-02
Movie Jean-Michel Jarre: The Rise of Electronic Music Self 2015-09-19
Series Track Stories Self 2015-05-15
Series The Director's Chair himself 2014-05-10
Series The Real History of Science Fiction Himself 2014-04-19
Movie Why Horror? Himself 2014-10-03
Movie ‘The Birds’: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie Himself 2012-01-01
Movie Nightmare Factory Himself 2011-10-27
Movie Charlie Brown's Blockhead Revenge Himself (Host) 2011-10-31
Series A History of Horror Unknown 2010-10-11
Movie Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star Himself (voice) 2010-10-26
Movie Halloween: The Inside Story Self 2010-10-25
Movie Tales from the Script Himself 2009-01-10
Movie The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style Himself 2009-01-01
Movie Monsterland Himself 2009-03-29
Movie Nightmares in Red, White and Blue Himself 2009-08-06
Movie Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master Himself 2008-01-01
Movie Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown Himself 2008-07-24
Movie Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Make-Up EFX Himself 2008-10-07
Movie In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy Himself 2008-10-07
Movie Bloodsucking Cinema Unknown 2007-10-26
Movie WWE: Born to Controversy - The Roddy Piper Story Himself 2006-03-03
Movie Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story Himself 2006-03-03
Movie Big John Himself 2006-12-11
Movie Halloween: 25 Years of Terror Himself 2006-07-26
Movie Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film Self 2006-10-13
Movie Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet Self 2006-11-14
Movie Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon Himself 2006-11-14
Movie The Perfect Scary Movie Himself 2005-10-29
Movie Hollywood's Greatest Villains Himself 2005-12-01
Movie John Carpenter: The Man and His Movies Himself 2004-03-23
Series 100 Scariest Movie Moments Himself 2004-10-27
Movie Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures Himself 2004-10-30
Movie Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television Himself 2004-10-31
Movie Halloween: A Cut Above the Rest Himself 2003-08-05
Movie Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer? Himself (voice) 2003-03-07
Movie Something to Do With Death Self - Filmmaker 2003-11-18
Movie The Wages of Sin Self - Filmmaker 2003-11-18
Movie An Opera of Violence Self - Filmmaker 2003-11-18
Series Through the Night with... Unknown 2002-05-10
Movie Masters of Horror John CARPENTER 2002-11-06
Movie Tales from the Mist: Inside 'The Fog' Unknown 2002-08-27
Movie Hidden Values: The Movies of the Fifties Himself 2001-09-04
Movie Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror Himself 2000-01-01
Movie The American Nightmare Himself 2000-09-11
Movie Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre Himself 2000-01-01
Movie Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven' Self 2000-05-13
Movie Halloween: Unmasked Himself 1999-09-13
Movie The Thing: Terror Takes Shape Himself 1998-01-01
Movie Village of the Damned Man at Gas Station Phone 1995-04-28
Movie After Sunset: The Life & Times of the Drive-In Theater Himself 1995-09-29
Movie The Silence of the Hams Trenchcoat Man / Gimp 1994-03-11
Movie Body Bags The Coroner 1993-08-07
Movie Memoirs of an Invisible Man Helicopter Pilot 1992-02-28
Movie Guys And Dolls: Off The Record Himself / Arvide Abernathy 1992-12-07
Movie Fear in the Dark Himself 1991-10-29
Movie Horror Cafe Himself 1990-04-11
Movie This Is Horror Himself 1989-01-01
Movie First Works Unknown 1989-10-10
Movie They Live Voice That Says 'Sleep' 1988-11-23
Movie The Kid Brother Grandfather 1987-03-11
Movie Stephen King's World of Horror Himself 1986-01-01
Movie Big Trouble in Little China Worker in Chinatown 1986-05-30
Movie Starman Man in Helicopter 1984-12-13
Movie Take One: Fear on Film Unknown 1982-01-01
Movie The Making of The Thing Narrator 1982-06-09
Movie The Thing Norwegian (video footage) (uncredited) 1982-06-25
Movie Escape from New York Secret Service #2 / Helicopter Pilot / Violin Player 1981-05-23
Movie The Fog Bennett 1980-02-08
Movie Fear on Film: Inside 'The Fog' Self 1980-01-01
Movie Puccini: Manon Lescaut A lamplighter 1980-03-29
Movie Halloween Paul (voice) (uncredited) 1978-10-24
Movie Assault on Precinct 13 Gang Member (uncredited) 1976-11-05
Movie Dark Star Talby Voice 1974-04-01
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Himself 1955-10-02