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John Carpenter

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Date of Birth:
16 January 1948Carthage, New York, USA

Birth Name:
John Howard Carpenter

Nickname:
JC

Height:
5' 11" (1.8 m)

Short Biography:
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC film school in Los Angeles. He began making short films in 1962, and won an Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Subject in 1970, for The Resurrection of Broncho Billy (1970), which he made while at USC. Carpenter formed a band in the mid-1970s called The Coupe de Villes, which included future directors Tommy Lee Wallace and Nick Castle. Since the 1970s, he has had numerous roles in the film industry including writer, actor, composer, producer, and director. After directing Dark Star (1974), he has helmed both classic horror films like Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), and The Thing (1982), and noted sci-fi tales like Escape from New York (1981) and Starman (1984).

The Ward (2010)

# 08547 IMDb

The Ward (2010)

TaglineOnly Sanity Can Keep You Alive

By John Carpenter

Horror, Thriller (1h 28min)

USA USA

Rated 5.6 after 32,732 votes on 21-Jan-16.

A thriller centered on an institutionalized young woman who becomes terrorized by a ghost.

Tales from the Script (2009)

# 07097 IMDb

Tales from the Script (2009)

TaglineHollywood screenwriters finally get the last word.

By Peter Hanson

Documentary (1h 45min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.2 after 1,273 votes on 14-Feb-17.

Shane Black ("Lethal Weapon"), John Carpenter ("Halloween"), Frank Darabont ("The Shawshank Redemption"), William Goldman ("The Princess Bride"), Paul Schrader ("Taxi Driver"), and dozens of other Hollywood screenwriters share hilarious anecdotes and penetrating insights in "Tales from the Script," the most comprehensive documentary ever made about screenwriting. By analyzing their triumphs and (...)

Halloween (2007)

# 07805 IMDb

Halloween (2007)

TaglineEvil Has A Destiny

By Rob Zombie

Horror (1h 49min)

USA USA

Rated 6.1 after 89,033 votes on 13-Oct-16.

1 nomination

The residents of Haddonfield don't know it yet... but death is coming to their small sleepy town. Sixteen years ago, a ten year old boy called Michael Myers brutally kills his step father, his elder sister and her boyfriend. Sixteen years later, he escapes from the mental institution and makes his way back to his hometown intent on a murderous rampage pursued by Dr Sam Loomis who is Michael's (...)

John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns (2005)

# 10398 IMDb

John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns (2005)

By John Carpenter

Horror, Thriller (59min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.7 after 7,644 votes on 07-Apr-17.

(Masters of Horror: Season 1, Episode 8)

The bankrupted owner of the movie theater Vogue, Kirby Sweetman, is hired by the eccentric private collector Mr. Bellinger to search and find the cursed horror movie "Le Fin Absolue du Monde". This film is considered lost and magic, and has been presented only once in the Sitges Festival, driving the audience insane and violent, causing bloodshed in the (...)

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

# 00055 IMDb

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

TaglineUnite and fight.

By Jean-Fran├žois Richet

Action, Drama, Crime, Thriller (1h 49min)

USA USA, France France

Rated 6.3 after 68,331 votes on 13-Nov-17.

1 win & 2 nominations

It's New Year's Eve in the city of Detroit. Cop-killing killer Marion Bishop (Fishburne) has just been arrested and is being transferred to prison. However, the transport bus is forced to stop because of the weather, so they stop for a while at the soon-to-be closed Precinct 13. Among the few people inside Precinct 13 is Sergeant Jake Roenick (Hawke), a cop who hasn't done any field missions in (...)

Vampires (1998)

# 07711 IMDb

Vampires (1998)

TaglineThe final confrontation between good and evil has begun.

By John Carpenter

Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller (1h 48min)

USA USA, Japan Japan

Rated 6.1 after 43,202 votes on 21-Oct-16.

3 wins & 4 nominations

The church has long known that vampires exist. However, it is discovered that a group of vampires are searching for a powerful doom for mankind. The Vatican then secretly enlists a team of vampire-hunters, led by Jack Crow, to hunt down and destroy the vampires before they find the crucifix.

Escape from L.A. (1996)

# 07250 IMDb

Escape from L.A. (1996)

TaglinePlan your escape this Summer

By John Carpenter

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller (1h 41min)

USA USA

Rated 5.7 after 56,071 votes on 09-Feb-17.

2 nominations

The year is 2013 and Snake Plissken is back but this time it's L.A., which through the agency of earthquakes has become an island of the damned. But something has gone wrong in this new moral order, because the President's daughter has absconded to L.A. with a detonation device, and Snake is commandeered to retrieve it. But just below the surface there is a coiled Snake ready to strike.

In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

# 02659 IMDb

In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

TaglineLived Any Good Books Lately?

By John Carpenter

Fantasy, Horror, Thriller, Mystery (1h 35min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.2 after 47,523 votes on 02-Oct-17.

1 win & 3 nominations

With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to investigate Cane's mysterious vanishing act and ends up in the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb's End. The fact that this town exists as a figment (...)

Body Bags (1993)

# 14554 IMDb R 

Body Bags (1993)

TaglineZip yourself in tight!

By John Carpenter (segments "The Gas Station", "Hair"), Tobe Hooper (segment "Eye"), Larry Sulkis (uncredited)

Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi (1h 31min)

USA USA

Rated 6.1 after 6,143 votes on 16-May-18.

4 nominations

Three short stories in the horror genre. The first about a serial killer. The second about a hair transplant gone wrong. The third about a baseball player.

They Live (1988)

# 00374 IMDb

They Live (1988)

TaglineWho are they? And what do they want?

By John Carpenter

Sci-Fi, Thriller, Action (1h 33min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.3 after 78,698 votes on 12-Mar-17.

3 nominations

John Carpenter's slow and deliberate immersion of the daunting and worrying fable of the corrupt, deceiving and indifferent economic, social and political society, that has wrapped itself around its people and who in turn have blindly accepted their fate. Multicultural in more forms than anticipated, are the leading and upwardly mobile alien race who have gelled themselves into the Human psyche (...)

Prince of Darkness (1987)

# 03481 IMDb

Prince of Darkness (1987)

TaglineWhere are you...? Christ?

By John Carpenter

Horror, Fantasy, Thriller, Sci-Fi (1h 42min)

USA USA

Rated 6.7 after 30,065 votes on 08-Sep-18.

1 win & 1 nomination

A priest/a millionaire dies and leaves a diary and a casket containing a key. Another priest reads the diary and after visiting a deserted church discovers a large glass tube containing some kind of green swirling liquid locked away. The priest tells a Professor friend of the discovery and the priest, the professor and a couple of students stay in the church to research the tube. Their discovery (...)

The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)

# 09743 IMDb

The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)

TaglineBetween a silent boy and a beautiful girl lies an amazing secret.

By Nick Castle

Family, Fantasy (1h 54min)

USA USA

Rated 6.5 after 4,821 votes on 15-Aug-18.

3 wins & 5 nominations

Milly and Louis, and their recently-widowed mom, Charlene, move to a new neighborhood. Once there, they all deal with a variety of personal problems, but Milly finds a friend in Eric, her autistic next door neighbor. Eric has a fascination with flight, and as the story progresses, he exerts an enthralling force of change on all those around him.

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

# 05845 IMDb

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

TaglineAdventure doesn't come any bigger!

By John Carpenter

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance (1h 39min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.3 after 105,904 votes on 27-May-18.

1 nomination

Somewhere in the 80s, trucker Jack Burton arrives in a small town to deliver his cargo and win a few bucks playing cards with the locals down at the Chinese market. Practically bankrupting nearly all of his opponents, his friend Wang bets him a game of "double or nothing" to try and regain his cash and loses. Jack wants his well earned money, but Wang explains he doesn't have the cash on him and (...)

Starman (1984)

# 00834 IMDb

Starman (1984)

TaglineIn 1977 Voyager II was launched into space, inviting all lifeforms in the universe to visit our planet. Get ready. Company's coming.

By John Carpenter

Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi (1h 55min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.0 after 34,397 votes on 18-Feb-17.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations

An alien who has crash-landed in the United States takes on the the appearance of a woman's dead husband and enlists her help to escape from pursuing authorities and rendezvous with a spacecraft on the other side of the country. As he learns how to be more human the alien begins to take on more and more qualities of the woman's husband, drawing the woman closer.

The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

# 00821 IMDb

The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

TaglineAn adventure beyond time. The experiment that should never have happened 41 years ago... Is still going on.

By Stewart Raffill

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi (1h 42min)

USA USA

Rated 6.1 after 12,326 votes on 30-Mar-18.

1 win & 1 nomination

Reportedly based on a true incident during World War II involving an anti-radar or invisibility experiment that caused a US Navy Destroyer Escort to disappear from Philadelphia Harbor. A sailor finds himself thrown into the future (1984).

Christine (1983)

# 03948 IMDb

Christine (1983)

TaglineShe'll possess you. Then destroy you. She's death on wheels. She's...

By John Carpenter

Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller (1h 50min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 51,699 votes on 08-Dec-16.

2 nominations

Arnie Cunningham is a typical high school nerd who is picked on, overruled by his parents, and has very few friends. Until he meets Christine, a run-down 1958 Plymouth Fury and buys her. Arnie learns that Christine has a thing for him and devotes his time to restoring her to Mint Condition. But overtime, Arnie begins to change and becomes disconnected with reality and his friends. Arnie's (...)

The Thing (1982)

# 00449 IMDb TOP250 #163

The Thing (1982)

TaglineMan is The Warmest Place to Hide.

By John Carpenter

Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller (1h 49min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.1 after 310,290 votes on 15-Jul-18.

3 nominations

In the midst of the Antartican snowfield, the scientists and workers of a small American research base are shocked when a helicopter begins to circle their camp, chasing and shooting at a dog. When the helicopter is destroyed and the passenger's are killed by accident, the dog is let into the base and the American's begin to wonder what has actually happened. The helicopter is discovered to be of (...)

Halloween II (1981)

# 09065 IMDb

Halloween II (1981)

TaglineMore Of The Night He Came Home

By Rick Rosenthal

Horror, Thriller (1h 32min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 59,811 votes on 25-Aug-18.

2 nominations

It's the same night as the original Halloween. Michael Myers is around the neighborhood, after being gunned by Dr.Loomis six times. Now, he's in a hospital where the girl Laurie Strode was taken. And there's a reason why Michael is after her...

Escape from New York (1981)

# 01564 IMDb

Escape from New York (1981)

TaglineThe world's greatest leader is a hostage in the most dangerous place on Earth. Now only the deadliest man alive can save him.

By John Carpenter

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller (1h 39min)

UK UK, USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.2 after 95,462 votes on 07-Mar-17.

4 nominations

The year is 1997. New York City has been turned into a maximum security prison colony, when the American crime rates grows high. New York City is surrounded by a wall and the bridge is mined making sure no convict escapes from New York. Snake Plissken, a one-eyed former soldier turned bank robber arrives at New York after being sentenced to life imprisonment in New York City. Bob Hauk, police (...)

The Fog (1980)

# 00746 IMDb

The Fog (1980)

TaglineWhat you can't see won't hurt you... it'll kill you!

By John Carpenter

Horror, Mystery, Thriller (1h 29min)

USA USA

Rated 6.8 after 46,381 votes on 04-Aug-16.

1 win & 2 nominations

One hundred years ago, on April 21st, the wealthy leper Blake bought the vessel Elizabeth Dane and moved with his friend from a leper colony to California to build a town for them to live with more comfort. However, while crossing a fog in Spivey Point, they were misguided by a campfire onshore, steering the course of the vessel toward the light and crashing her against the rocks. On the present (...)

Elvis (1979)

# 04832 IMDb

Elvis (1979)

TaglineThe King Lives On!

By John Carpenter

Biography, Drama, Music (2h 30min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.1 after 2,485 votes on 22-Feb-17.

4 nominations

Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.

Someone's Watching Me! (1978)

# 14845 IMDb Not Rated 

Someone's Watching Me! (1978)

TaglineThe Lost John Carpenter Suspense Classic - Never Before On Video Or DVD!

By John Carpenter

Horror, Mystery, Thriller (1h 37min)

USA USA

Rated 6.7 after 2,650 votes on 02-Sep-18.

1 nomination

A woman is slowly stalked to the brink of madness by a man watching her from the opposite tower block. Her attempts to get the police to take her seriously leave her with no option but to track him down herself.

Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

# 09399 IMDb R 

Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

By Irvin Kershner

Mystery, Thriller (1h 44min)

USA USA

Rated 6.1 after 6,792 votes on 23-Dec-17.

1 win & 1 nomination

Suddenly Laura Mars can see through the eyes of a serial killer as he commits his crimes. She contacts the police and with the aid of a police detective, tries to stop the killer. But first, they have to figure out who it is.

Halloween (1978)

# 01317 IMDb

Halloween (1978)

TaglineThe Night HE Came Home!

By John Carpenter

Horror, Thriller (1h 31min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.8 after 181,092 votes on 27-May-18.

1 win & 2 nominations

On Halloween 1963, the small town of Haddonfield is shocked when six-year-old Michael Myers returns from trick-or-treating and for some unknown reason stabs his older sister to death with a big kitchen knife and is found by his parents staring into space with the bloody knife in his hand. Sent to a mental institution, Michael spends the next 15 years just sitting, still staring into space despite (...)

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

# 00358 IMDb

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

TaglineL.A.'s deadliest street gang just declared war on the cops.

By John Carpenter

Action, Thriller, Crime (1h 31min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.4 after 33,788 votes on 13-May-17.

Police ambush and kill several gang members in Los Angeles. Gang members make a pact of blood to strike back at police, and conduct a siege on the police station which is almost abandoned and due to be closed. Staff of the closing precinct and the criminals being held there while in transit must work together to fight off the attacking gang members.

Dark Star (1974)

# 00202 IMDb

Dark Star (1974)

TaglineWhat would you be like after 20 years aboard DARK STAR the spaced-out spaceship. The ultimate cosmic comedy!

By John Carpenter

Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller (1h 23min)

USA USA

Rated 6.4 after 19,132 votes on 22-Jun-18.

1 win & 2 nominations

Low-budget story of four astronauts in deep space, whose mission is to destroy unstable planets in star systems which are to be colonised. The late Commander Powell is stored in deep freeze, where he is still able to offer advice. As their mission nears completion, they must cope with a runaway alien which resembles a beach-ball, faulty computer systems, and a "smart bomb" who thinks it is God.

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