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John Howard Carpenter, shortly knows as John Carpenter having plenty of nicknames such as John Howard Carpenter, Carpenter, John, Rip Haight, John T. Chance, Martin Quatermass, Johnny Carpenter, James T. Chance, JC, Frank Armitage is an American film director, screenwriter and producer, film score composer, actor, voice actor and also film editor born in 1948. How rich is the multi – tasking personality? It is announced that John Carpenter net worth is estimated to be 35 million dollars. John Carpenter is one of the most authoritative movie makers who has tried himself in different film genres but is mostly known for science fiction and horror films which he started making being a school child.

John Carpenter Net Worth $35 Million

Films released between 1970 and 1980 such as “Dark Star“ , „The Fog“, Starman“ , “Escape from New York”, The Thing“, “Christine”,” Someone’s Watching Me”, „Big Trouble in Little China“ and „They Live“ are considered now to be cult classics, and they have made Carpenter an influential and successful filmmaker with an impressive net worth.

John Carpenter went to USC Film School. During the second term at school he was working as co-writer, composer and editor with producer John Longenecker for film “The Resurrection of Broncho Billy“. The film won the Oscar in the category Best Live Action Short Film. Carpenter left early the school to produce his first film „Dar Star“ which was released in 1974. John Carpenter net worth started increasing as he got plenty of suggestions from Hollywood studios. Is it said, that some of his movies have modificated the horror genre and are still acknowledged as the best horror movies. The next film “Assault on Precinct 13” was beloved in Europe but it needed more time to catch the attention of American audience. The turning point in the early career was the third film, independent slasher horror film “Halloween” which gained him appreciation. The film has earned 65 million dollars. Even though John Carpenter did not escape critics and had some negative receptions his film “The Fog” was a huge impulse to Carpenter’s net worth. It has earned 21,000,000 dollars in United States whereas to make it the budget was 1,000,000 dollars. In 1990 – 2000 Carpenter experienced some failures but in 2005 he reached success with the direction of an episode of series “Showtime’s Masters of Horror” where he was working with other twelve filmmakers. The episode „Cigarette Burns“ directed by John Carpenter was valued as positive as well as another episode for the second season called “Pro-Life”, about a raped girl who was raped by demon and is expecting a baby.

John Carpenter last release was “Ghost of Mars” in 2001 and the film “The Ward”, which was presented at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010. Carpenter is also occupied as a voice actor, his voice is to hear on a video game F.E.A.R.3. John Carpenter work was noticed widely and in 2010 he was honored with the Lifetime Award from the Freak Show Horror Film Festival. There is no doubt that John Carpenter net worth of 35 million is earned with his sincere life time work.


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The X Factor TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
John Carpenter: Utopian Facade 2016 Video short performer: "Utopian Facade" / writer: "Utopian Facade"
John Carpenter: Distant Dream 2016 Video short performer: "Distant Dream" / writer: "Distant Dream"
Limitless 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Simpsons 2013-2015 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
HALLOWEEN: The Rebirth of Michael Myers 2015 Short performer: "The Shape" / writer: "The Shape"
Jason Voorhees vs. Michael Myers 2015 Short writer: "Michael Myers Theme Song"
Love 2015/II performer: "Night" / writer: "Main Title", "Night"
John Carpenter: Night 2015 Video short writer: "Night"
Halloween on Dartmoor 2014 Video short writer: "Halloween Theme", "Happy Halloween - Silver shamrock"
Punk 'n' Spice 2014 Short performer: "Halloween" theme song / writer: "Halloween" theme song
The Babysitter 2014/I Short performer: "The Shape" / writer: "The Shape"
Daily Ukulele 2013 TV Series short writer - 1 episode
The Comix Scrutinizer 2013 TV Series 1 episode
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: Season Zero TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2010 - 2013 performer - 2 episodes, 2012 - 2013
Monkey Pudding Face 2012 TV Series short writer - 1 episode
ParaNorman 2012 writer: "Halloween Theme" - as John H. Carpenter
Solyanka po-Piterski 2011 Short writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited
Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star 2010 Video documentary music: "Benson Arizona"
Red Nose, Black Heart 2010 Short writer: "The Fog" excerpt from the soundtrack, "Big Trouble in Little China" excerpt from the soundtrack - uncredited
Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space 2009 TV Short writer: "Theme from 'Halloween'"
Halloween II 2009 writer: "Halloween Theme"
The Angry Video Game Nerd 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Planet Terror 2007 performer: "Back To The Pod / The Crazies Come Out" / writer: "Back To The Pod / The Crazies Come Out"
Grindhouse 2007 performer: "Back to the Pod/The Crazies Come Out" / writer: "Back to the Pod/The Crazies Come Out"
Halloween: 25 Years of Terror 2006 Video documentary "Halloween Theme"
My Name Is Earl TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Undercover TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Super Secret Movie Rules 2004 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
The Life of David Gale 2003 writer: "Halloween Theme" 1978
Haider lebt - 1. April 2021 2002 performer: "Halloween Theme" / writer: "Halloween Theme"
Halloween 4: Final Cut 2001 Video documentary short performer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited / writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited
Chick'n Swell 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dernier moment 1998 Short "Prince Of Darkness"
Escape from L.A. 1996 "Escape From New York - Main Title"
Bassie en Adriaan en de reis vol verrassingen 1994 TV Mini-Series writer - 13 episodes
SMW: Blood, Brawls and Grudges 1994 Video writer: "Halloween Theme Main Title"
Heads or Tails? 1993 Video performer: "Michael Kills Judith" - uncredited
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers 1988 "Halloween Theme"
Big Trouble in Little China 1986 writer: "Big Trouble in Little China"
Huang jia shi jie 1985 writer: "Halloween" excerpts from the soundtrack - uncredited
Halloween 1978 writer: "Halloween Theme Main Title"
Dark Star 1974 music: "Benson Arizona"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled Halloween Sequel characters announced
HALLOWEEN: The Rebirth of Michael Myers 2015 Short character
Halloween: Harvest of Souls 1985 2013 story
The Escape Agenda 2012 Short characters
Halloween Awakening: The Legacy of Michael Myers 2012 character
Halloween: Resurgence 2012 based upon characters created by
Halloween Existence 2012 Short based on the film "Halloween" by
Myers 2012 Short characters
Halloween 2011 Short characters
F.E.A.R. 3 2011 Video Game storyline consultant
October 31st 2010 Short original screenplay
Halloween Autumn Blood 2010 Short characters
Halloween Black Eyes 2010 Short characters
Halloween Fall Stalking 2009 Short characters
Halloween 2007 1978 screenplay
The Fog 2005 1980 screenplay
Assault on Precinct 13 2005 earlier film
Michael Vs. Jason 2004 Short characters
Jason Vs. Leatherface 2003 Short characters
Halloween: Resurrection 2002 characters
Ghosts of Mars 2001 written by
Silent Predators 1999 TV Movie teleplay
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later 1998 characters
Escape from L.A. 1996 characters / written by
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers 1995 characters
Blood River 1991 TV Movie written by
El Diablo 1990 TV Movie written by
Halloween 5 1989 characters
They Live 1988 screenplay - as Frank Armitage
Prince of Darkness 1987 written by - as Martin Quatermass
Black Moon Rising 1986 screenplay / story
Halloween III: Season of the Witch 1982 uncredited
Halloween II 1981 written by
Escape from New York 1981 written by
The Fog 1980 written by
Better Late Than Never 1979 TV Movie
Someone's Watching Me! 1978 TV Movie written by
Halloween 1978 screenplay
Zuma Beach 1978 TV Movie teleplay
Eyes of Laura Mars 1978 screenplay / story
Assault on Precinct 13 1976 written by
Dark Star 1974 original story and screenplay
The Resurrection of Broncho Billy 1970 Short story
Captain Voyeur 1969 Short

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John Carpenter: Escape from New York 2016 Video short
John Carpenter: Distant Dream 2016 Video short
The Ward 2010
Masters of Horror 2005-2006 TV Series 2 episodes
Ghosts of Mars 2001
Vampires 1998
Escape from L.A. 1996
Village of the Damned 1995
In the Mouth of Madness 1994
Body Bags 1993 TV Movie segments "Gas Station, The", "Hair"
Memoirs of an Invisible Man 1992
They Live 1988
Prince of Darkness 1987
Big Trouble in Little China 1986
Starman 1984
Christine 1983
The Thing 1982
Escape from New York 1981
The Fog 1980
Elvis 1979/I TV Movie
Someone's Watching Me! 1978 TV Movie
Halloween 1978
Assault on Precinct 13 1976
Dark Star 1974
Gorgon, the Space Monster 1969 Short
Gorgo Versus Godzilla 1969 Short
Sorceror from Outer Space 1969 Short
Warrior and the Demon 1969 Short as Johnny Carpenter
Captain Voyeur 1969 Short
Terror from Space 1963 Short
Revenge of the Colossal Beasts 1962 Short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John Carpenter: Distant Dream 2016 Video short musician: synthesizer
Zoo 2015 TV Series writer - 9 episodes
Bishop Under Siege with Austin Stoker 2013 Video short composer: stock music
The Sassy One with Nancy Loomis 2013 Video short composer: stock music
Alice at the Apocalypse: An Interview with Alice Cooper 2013 Video documentary short composer: stock music
Hell on Earth with Alan Howarth 2013 Video short composer: stock music
Sympathy for the Devil: An Interview with John Carpenter 2013 Video documentary short composer: stock music
The Messenger with Robert Grasmere 2013 Video short composer: stock music
My Time with Terror with Jamie Lee Curtis 2013 Video short composer: stock music
Halloween II 2009 composer: theme music
Halloween 2007 composer: theme music
Halloween: Resurrection 2002 composer: theme "Halloween"
Ghosts of Mars 2001 musician / orchestrator
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later 1998 composer: theme music
Vampires 1998 musician: rhythm guitar and synthesizers
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers 1995 composer: theme "Halloween"
Ling mo da jue dou 1990 composer: stock music - uncredited
Halloween 5 1989 composer: theme "Halloween"
Meng guo jie 1988 stock music - international version
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers 1988 composer: theme "Halloween"
The Thing 1982 composer: additional music - uncredited

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John Carpenter: Utopian Facade 2016 Video short
John Carpenter: Escape from New York 2016 Video short
John Carpenter: Distant Dream 2016 Video short
The Puppet Man 2016 Short music by
HALLOWEEN: The Rebirth of Michael Myers 2015 Short
John Carpenter: Night 2015 Video short
The Noise 2013/I Short
The Escape Agenda 2012 Short
Stand Alone: The Making of Halloween III 2012 Video
The Nightmare Isn't Over: The Making of Halloween II 2012 music by
Ghosts of Mars 2001
Vampires 1998
Escape from L.A. 1996
Village of the Damned 1995
In the Mouth of Madness 1994
Body Bags 1993 TV Movie
They Live 1988
Prince of Darkness 1987
Big Trouble in Little China 1986
Christine 1983
Halloween III: Season of the Witch 1982
Halloween II 1981
Escape from New York 1981
The Fog 1980
Halloween 1978
Assault on Precinct 13 1976
Dark Star 1974
The Resurrection of Broncho Billy 1970 Short

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John Carpenter: Utopian Facade 2016 Video short Virtual Reality User / Himself
The Puppet Man 2016 Short The Taxi Driver
GUNSHIP: Tech Noir 2015 Video short The Narrator (voice)
John Carpenter: Night 2015 Video short Virtual Reality User / Himself
The Thing 2002 Video Game Dr. Faraday (uncredited)
Village of the Damned 1995 Man at Gas Station Phone (as Rip Haight)
The Silence of the Hams 1994 Trenchcoat Man / Gimp
Body Bags 1993 TV Movie The Coroner (segment "The Morgue")
Memoirs of an Invisible Man 1992 Helicopter Pilot (as Rip Haight)
They Live 1988 Voice that says 'sleep' (voice, uncredited)
The Boy Who Could Fly 1986 The Coupe de Villes
Big Trouble in Little China 1986 Worker in Chinatown (uncredited)
Starman 1984 Man in Helicopter (uncredited)
The Thing 1982 Norwegian (video footage) (uncredited)
Escape from New York 1981 Secret Service #2 / Helicopter Pilot / Violin Player (voice, uncredited)
The Fog 1980 Bennett (uncredited)
Halloween 1978 Paul, Annie's Boyfriend (voice, uncredited)
Assault on Precinct 13 1976 Gang Member (uncredited)
Dark Star 1974 Talby voice (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled Halloween Sequel executive producer announced
John Carpenter: Escape from New York 2016 Video short executive producer
John Carpenter: Distant Dream 2016 Video short executive producer
John Carpenter: Night 2015 Video short executive producer
The Fog 2005 producer
Vampires: Los Muertos 2002 executive producer
Body Bags 1993 TV Movie executive producer
Black Moon Rising 1986 executive producer
The Philadelphia Experiment 1984 executive producer
Halloween III: Season of the Witch 1982 producer
Halloween II 1981 producer
Halloween 1978 producer - uncredited
Dark Star 1974 producer

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Assault on Precinct 13 1976 as John T. Chance
Last Foxtrot in Burbank 1973
The Resurrection of Broncho Billy 1970 Short

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Halloween II 1981 director: additional scenes - uncredited

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
'Halloween': A Cut Above the Rest 2003 TV Movie documentary still photographer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tales from the Mist: Inside 'The Fog' 2002 Video documentary short archival material

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Legend of Dark Rider 2018 dedicatee filming
The Unreinable Compulsion 2013 dedicatee completed
Dark Creek special thanks pre-production
The Blockbuster Buster 2016 TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode
Intruder 2016/I Short special thanks
Love 2015/II the director thanks
Lazarus: Apocalypse 2014 original inspiration
The Last Halloween 2014/I Short special thanks
Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk 2014 special thanks
That Guy Dick Miller 2014 Documentary special thanks
Evil Easter III: The Final Easter 2013 Short dedicatee
Faraday 2013 thanks
Hellview 2013 TV Series very special thanks - 1 episode
Sympathy for the Devil: An Interview with John Carpenter 2013 Video documentary short special thanks
The Body 2013/I Short special thanks
From the Darkness Theatre 2013 Short special thanks
The Last Job 2013/III Short thanks
Skatha 2012 Short the producers wish to thank
Supernatural Activity 2012 the producers would like to thank
ParaNorman 2012 with thanks to
Acid Head: The Buzzard Nuts County Slaughter 2011 special thanks
The Pain of Creation 2011 Short special thanks for inspiration
Myers (Rise of the Boogeyman) 2011 Short special thanks
Emerging Past 2011 Video acknowledgment
The Infected 2010 Video short grateful thanks
Tartarus 2010 special thanks
Escape from New Jersey 2010 special thanks
Blood Moon Rising 2009 special thanks
The Joneses 2009 the producers wish to thank
Face Eater 2008 dedicatee
Creature Story 2008 Short special thanks
Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows 2007 TV Movie documentary special thanks
Planet Terror 2007 special thanks
Wingrave 2007 Video this film is dedicated to
Black Santa's Revenge 2007 Short special thanks
Grindhouse 2007 thanks - segment "Planet Terror"
Delivery 2006 Video acknowledgment
Feeling the Effects of 'The Fog' 2006 Video documentary short special thanks
Seeing Through 'The Fog' 2006 Video documentary short special thanks
Whiteout Conditions: The Remaking of a Horror Classic 2006 Video documentary short special thanks
Fear of Clowns 2004 Video thanks
The Nightmare Ends on Halloween 2004 Short special thanks
Return to 'Escape from New York' 2003 Video documentary short special thanks
Scoring Resident Evil 2002 Video short special thanks
The Thing 2002 Video Game special thanks
Torre 2000 Short thanks
The Quiet Room 1996 special thanks
Waxwork 1988 dedicated to - as Carpenter
Tag: The Assassination Game 1982 thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Henchman: The Al Leong Story 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
Requiem for a Shapeshifter 2016 Video documentary short Himself
John Carpenter: Escape from New York 2016 Video short Himself - Synthesizer
It Takes a Village: The Making of Village of the Damned 2016 Video documentary Himself
John Carpenter: Distant Dream 2016 Video short Himself - Synthesizer
Jean-Michel Jarre: A Journey Into Sound 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
Carpenter on Quatermass 2014 Video documentary short Himself
Why Horror? 2014 Documentary Himself
The Director's Chair 2014 TV Series Himself
The Real History of Science Fiction 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Top 40 Ultimate Action Movies 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself - Director
Dread Central Live 2014 TV Series Himself
Unzipping Body Bags 2013 Video short Himself
He Lives: Interview with John Carpenter 2013 Short Himself
Sympathy for the Devil: An Interview with John Carpenter 2013 Video documentary short Himself
They Live: Independent Thoughts with John Carpenter 2012 Video short Himself
They Live: Watch, Look, Listen - The Sights & Sounds of They Live 2012 Video short Himself
The Future of Fear 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge 2011 Short Himself - Host
John Carpenter Presents Funny or Die's Halloween 2011 Short Himself
Horror Masters: Cat Thrower 2011 Short Himself
The Original Monster Mash 2011 Short Himself
Nightmare Factory 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Scary Girl 2011 Short Himself - Host
That Is All 2011 Short Himself
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Spoof 2011 Short Himself
What Have You Done to Me? 2011 Short Himself
Post Mortem with Mick Garris 2011 TV Series Himself
Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star 2010 Video documentary Himself (voice)
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Halloween: The Inside Story 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
More Tales from the Script 2010 Video documentary Himself
Fasten Your Seatbelt: The Thrilling Art of Alfred Hitchcock 2009 Video documentary short Himself
The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style 2009 Video documentary Himself
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film 2009 Documentary Himself
Monsterland 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tales from the Script 2009 Documentary Himself
Bernard Herrmann: Hitchcock's Maestro 2008 Video short Himself
In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy 2008 Video documentary Himself
Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master 2008 Video documentary Himself
Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero 2008 Documentary Himself
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown 2008 Documentary Himself
Science of Horror 2008 Documentary Himself
The Secret World of Superfans 2008 Documentary Himself
Halloween: Faces of Fear 2007 Documentary short Himself
Bloodsucking Cinema 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
John Woo: A Life in Pictures 2007 Video short Himself
The Fearmakers Collection 2007 Video documentary Himself
Final Delivery: The Making of 'Pro Life' 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Big John 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film 2006 Documentary Himself
Celluloid Apocalypse: An Interview with John Carpenter 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story 2006 Video documentary Himself
Film '72 2006 TV Series Himself
Feeling the Effects of 'The Fog' 2006 Video documentary short Himself - Producer
Seeing Through 'The Fog' 2006 Video documentary short Himself - Producer
Whiteout Conditions: The Remaking of a Horror Classic 2006 Video documentary short Himself - Producer
Hollywood's Greatest Villains 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Perfect Scary Movie 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
THS Investigates: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Animal Icons 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Snake Plissken: Man of Honor 2005 Video documentary short Himself
05 Spaceys 2005 TV Special Himself
Cinemaker 2004 Video documentary Himself
Christine: Fast and Furious 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Christine: Finish Line 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Christine: Ignition 2004 Video documentary short Himself
John Carpenter: Fear Is Just the Beginning... The Man and His Movies 2004 Video documentary Himself
Super Secret Movie Rules 2004 TV Series documentary Himself - Director
Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Return to 'Escape from New York' 2003 Video documentary short Himself
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
An Opera of Violence 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Something to Do with Death 2003 Video documentary short Himself
The Wages of Sin 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Durch die Nacht mit... 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
'Halloween': A Cut Above the Rest 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
SexTV 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer? 2003 Documentary Himself (voice)
Tales from the Mist: Inside 'The Fog' 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Masters of Horror 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Icons 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Red Desert Nights: Making 'Ghosts of Mars' 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Scoring Ghosts of Mars 2001 Video documentary short Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
+ de cinéma 2001 TV Series documentary short Himself
Hidden Values: The Movies of the Fifties 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself - interviewee
The Daily Show 2001 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
'Ghosts of Mars': Special Effects Deconstruction 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Scream and Scream Again: A History of the Slasher Film 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
The American Nightmare 2000 Documentary Himself
Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven' 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Faces of Evil 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1999 TV Series Himself
'Halloween' Unmasked 2000 1999 Video documentary Himself
Unmasking the Horror 1998 Video Himself
Le cercle du cinéma 1998 TV Series Himself
The Thing: Terror Takes Shape 1998 Video documentary Himself
A-Z of Horror 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Reality Trip 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
100 Years of Horror: Witchcraft and Demons 1996 Video documentary Himself
Charlie Rose 1996 TV Series Himself - Guest
100 Years of Horror 1996 TV Series documentary Himself - Writer & Director / Himself - Director / Himself - Director, 'The Thing' / ...
Movie Magic 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
After Sunset: The Life & Times of the Drive-In Theater 1995 Video documentary Himself
Carrie on Hollywood 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Masters of Illusion: The Wizards of Special Effects 1994 TV Special documentary Himself
Fear in the Dark 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Signals 1990 TV Series documentary Himself
First Works 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Media Show 1988-1989 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'They Live' 1988 TV Short Himself
Cinema 3 1986 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982 TV Series Himself
Take One: Fear on Film 1982 TV Movie Himself
The Making of 'The Thing' 1982 TV Movie documentary Narrator
The Making of a Chilling Tale 1982 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Fear on Film: Inside 'The Fog' 1980 TV Movie documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2007-2011 TV Series documentary Paul, Annie's Boyfriend
Halloween: 25 Years of Terror 2006 Video documentary Himself
Scoring Resident Evil 2002 Video short Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 Festival Prize Louisville Fright Night Film Fest Lifetime Achievement Award
2008 Lifetime Achievement Award Bram Stoker Awards
2008 Time-Machine Honorary Award Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival
2006 Carnet Jove - Special Mention Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Masters of Horror (2005)
1999 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Music Vampires (1998)
1996 George Pal Memorial Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1995 Critics' Award Fantasporto In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
1991 ACE CableACE Awards Writing a Movie or Miniseries El Diablo (1990) · Tommy Lee Wallace
· Bill Phillips
1988 Critics Award Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival Prince of Darkness (1987)
1980 Critics Award Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival The Fog (1980)
1979 Critics Award Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival Halloween (1978)
1979 New Generation Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Halloween (1978)
1976 Golden Scroll Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Special Effects Dark Star (1974) · Douglas Knapp
· Bill Taylor
· Dan O'Bannon

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006 Best Film Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Masters of Horror (2005)
2001 Best Film Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Ghosts of Mars (2001)
1999 Bram Stoker Award Bram Stoker Awards Other Media Vampires (1998)
1995 International Fantasy Film Award Fantasporto Best Film In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
1995 Best Film Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Village of the Damned (1995)
1994 International Fantasy Film Award Fantasporto Best Film Body Bags (1993)
1993 International Fantasy Film Award Fantasporto Best Film Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
1990 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Music They Live (1988) · Alan Howarth
1989 International Fantasy Film Award Fantasporto Best Film They Live (1988)
1988 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Music Prince of Darkness (1987)
1987 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Music Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
1984 Grand Prize Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival Christine (1983)
1982 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Director Escape from New York (1981)
1979 Edgar Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Television Feature or Miniseries Someone's Watching Me! (1978)
1978 Gold Hugo Chicago International Film Festival Best Feature Halloween (1978)
1978 Gold Hugo Chicago International Film Festival Best Feature Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
1976 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Dark Star (1974) · Dan O'Bannon (written by)
1976 Nebula Award Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Best Dramatic Writing Dark Star (1974) · Dan O'Bannon

TitleSalary
Halloween (1978) $10,000

#Fact
1 Fans of John Carpenter's work include for example the directors Bertrand Bonello, Tom Tykwer, Joon-ho Bong, Jeff Nichols, Olivier Assayas, Alice Winocour, Gaspar Noé and Jeremy Saulnier, who all named him as an influence on some of their own work. The composer Hans Zimmer was an early fan and said Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) has his favorite movie theme of all time. Another fan is Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, who is especially fond of They Live (1988).
2 He was offered the chance to direct The Exorcist III (1990).
3 He said in an interview that he almost directed Tombstone (1993).
4 Based his most famous character, the iconic Michael Myers from Halloween (1978), on a thirteen year old boy he saw at a mental institution on a school trip.
5 Claims that his son, Cody Carpenter got him hooked on playing video games. When Cody was growing up, the two spent time playing together, with early games such as Sonic the Hedgehog (1991). As an avid gamer, he continues playing video games both with his son and independently. As of 2013, his recent favorites included: Dishonored (2012), Assassin's Creed III (2012), and the God of War (2005) Collection. He can frequently be seen at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) with his son. (Source: Magazine: gameinformer (Volume XXIII, Number 6, Issue 242)).
6 He has always claimed that the Western is his favorite genre but he's never made a full-length film within the genre.
7 Named his six favorite films as Only Angels Have Wings (1939), Rio Bravo (1959), Citizen Kane (1941), Vertigo (1958), Black Christmas (1974), Blow-Up (1966). Black Christmas is the film that inspired Halloween (1978).
8 He directed child actress Kim Richards in his second feature film, Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), and directed Kim's sister Kyle Richards in his next film, Halloween (1978).
9 Shares the low score of 3 in Empire's 'My Movie Mastermind' with Michael Keaton and Steve Guttenberg.
10 Lives in West Hollywood, California.
11 In an interview, he stated that he takes much of the failure of his movies pretty hard. However, out of all the movies that he had done, he claimed that The Thing (1982) was the failure he took the hardest.
12 In the 5th edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (edited by Steven Jay Schneider), 2 of his films are listed: Halloween (1978) and The Thing (1982).
13 Turned down the chance to direct Zombieland (2009).
14 Close friend of actor Jeff Bridges.
15 Was approached to score Planet Terror (2007) for Robert Rodriguez, but was busy finishing up post-production on Masters of Horror (2005).
16 Is an avid fan of the Godzilla films. He considers the first Godzilla movie (Gojira (1954)) to be an inspiration for him.
17 Was offered the chance to direct Armed and Dangerous (1986) but turned it down. The job went to Mark L. Lester who also directed Firestarter (1984), which was offered to Carpenter.
18 Turned down the chance to direct Fatal Attraction (1987).
19 Turned down the chance to direct Top Gun (1986).
20 Was offered a chance to direct the Eddie Murphy film The Golden Child (1986), but turned it down.
21 Was given the chance to direct Mutant Chronicles (2008).
22 Said in a 1982 interview that he thought the R rating for Halloween (1978) was justifiable, but The Fog (1980) should've been rated PG.
23 Was originally supposed to direct Firestarter (1984), and even had a screenplay written by Bill Lancaster. Both were replaced when The Thing (1982), a film on which they both collaborated, did poorly at the box office.
24 He is a big fan of The Beach Boys and Howard Hawks.
25 Praised longtime friend and frequent collaborator Kurt Russell for being a hard-working, professional actor who isn't afraid to take on roles that might hurt his image or make him look like a fool.
26 Biography in the following: John Wakeman, editor. World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945- 1985. pp. 184-189. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
27 With the exception of Escape from L.A. (1996), he has rarely made a sequel to any of his films. Has said that he got forced into writing Halloween II (1981), but refused to direct it because he "didn't want to direct the same movie again".
28 Carpenter's character Snake Plissken (of Escape from New York (1981) and Escape from L.A. (1996)) is about to become a comic book. Published by theCrossGen imprint Code 6 Comics, the book will be known as "John Carpenter's The Snake Plissken Chronicles". It is set for publication beginning in 2003.
29 Is a great fan of Sergio Leone and cast Lee Van Cleef in Escape from New York (1981) because of his work with Leone.
30 He has a son, Cody Carpenter, with Adrienne Barbeau.
31 Is a major NBA fan and has a satellite dish installed on his location trailer to keep up with the games. Always has a portable basketball hoop on location.
32 Loves Elvis Presley and old Cadillacs.
33 Considers it bad luck to wear the hat of the show he's working on. Will not wear a crew cap until the film is over.
34 Appears in his own films under the name Rip Haight, appearing in in The Fog (1980), Starman (1984), Body Bags (1993), and Village of the Damned (1995).
35 Is a fan of the Quartermass movies (The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), Five Million Years to Earth (1967)), wrote Prince of Darkness (1987) under the pseudonym of Martin Quatermass, and the village in In the Mouth of Madness (1994) is named after a rail station in "Quatermass and the Pit".
36 In the movie Change of Habit (1969) Elvis Presley plays a character named John Carpenter. In 1979 Carpenter directed the TV movie Elvis (1979) starring his good friend Kurt Russell.

#Quote
1 I take every failure hard. The one I took the hardest was The Thing (1982). My career would have been different if that had been a big hit... The movie was hated. Even by science-fiction fans. They thought that I had betrayed some kind of trust, and the piling on was insane. Even the original movie's director, Christian Nyby, was dissing me.
2 I've never had any illusions about my musical abilities. I've got very basic musical chops, that's okay - I've proudly stretched them as far as I possibly could.
3 At the beginning, I was doing the music out of necessity, because we had no money. At some point, I realized that the scores became another voice, another way I could further what I was doing as a filmmaker. It became an extension of directing. Composing was a lot of extra work, but I kept going as long as I could stand it. Kind of like directing.
4 I got to work within the studio system, and make all those movies the way I wanted them, and I'm very proud of that. It was a fight, though, because the studios don't ever want to give control to the filmmakers. It's all changed now. A lot of directors today don't even care about the final cut to begin with. Hell, they just want a job.
5 The biggest lesson that I learned from film school was to try to get and maintain, if possible, final cut. Creative control is the essence of having the ability to make your own movie, and not someone else's.
6 Well, before I write my scripts, I know how much thy'll have to cost, so I write them to fit our small budget. Idea first, then the budget, then the script. We do it backwards. My only criteria when working a deal is that I get control of the film - creative control. For a certain amount of money, you see, at this point in my career, they will give me control if it's done cheaply enough. For a $10 million project they would't give me that control. Not now. So, it's an open-and-shut contractual thing. Will you give me cast approval and final cut and budget approval. And if you ask those questions and they say no, well, then you go elsewhere. ["Films in Review" interview, 1980]
7 The Blair Witch Project (1999) is a movie that I really don't think ever had a director. It's one of the few movies I've ever seen that didn't have one.
8 [responding to Debra Hill's remark in The Fog (1980) DVD commentary] I recycle all of Howard Hawks' films, Debra.
9 With the kinds of movies being made by studios today, there are very few low-budget films, and those are entrusted to young geniuses, not old guys like myself.
10 [on Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)] We found that the audience didn't want different stories. What they wanted was just the same old thing over and over again. [The producers] got mad because they thought I'd destroyed their franchise. They took it out of my hands and I was done with Halloween.
11 If I had three wishes, one of them would be "Send me back to the '40s and the studio system and let me direct movies." Because I would have been happiest there. I feel I am a little bit out of time. I have much more of a kinship for older-style films, and very few films that are made now interest me at all. I get up and walk out on them.
12 The trick with shooting a low-budget film is to shoot as little footage as possible and extend the scenes for as long as one can.
13 [on making Halloween (1978). When we needed kids walking down the street, anyone who had a family rounded up their kids. Everyone helped out - it was just the joy of making movies.
14 I arrived in L.A. the most naive human being on the face of the earth. When I got off the plane at LAX, I got a map of Los Angeles, looked up USC, and decided to walk. It only looked like it was a couple of blocks away. After about 15 blocks of carting my luggage down some endless street, I looked at the map again. It took me a while to figure out the scope of Los Angeles. If I'd continued walking that day, I would still be walking. I was a real country boy.
15 I can remember at USC in the late Sixties when everybody was making socially relevant films. Good God, they'd have given anything if you made a film about Vietnam, about American injustices. That's the kind of thing they wanted. They looked down on you and felt you were naive if you cared about Hollywood films. But I wasn't caught up in that. I went back to my roots.
16 Everyone who ever made a low-budget film was influenced by Night of the Living Dead (1968).
17 They Live (1988) was made as response to the horror of the Reagan years.
18 [on how they created the Michael Myers mask] We didn't have enough money to make it. Production designer, Tommy Lee Wallace brought a clown mask, which was one idea. Then he brought a Star Trek (1966) Captain Kirk mask, It was a really terrible likeness of William Shatner, I mean terrible looking. We cut the eye holes a little bit bigger, spray painted it.....and that was it, it looked really creepy.
19 I can play just about any keyboard but I can't read or write a note.
20 Jeff Bridges is the greatest, as an actor and a person. He's the best actor of his generation, bar none.
21 Monsters in movies are us, always us, one way or the other. They're us with hats on. The zombies in George A. Romero's movies are us. They're hungry. Monsters are us, the dangerous parts of us. The part that wants to destroy. The part of us with the reptile brain. The part of us that's vicious and cruel. We express these in our stories as these monsters out there.
22 I don't want to be in the mainstream. I don't want to be a part of the demographics. I want to be an individual. I wear each of my films as a badge of pride. That's why I cherish all my bad reviews. If the critics start liking my movies, then I'm in deep trouble.
23 Film buffs who don't live in Hollywood have a fantasy about what it's like to be a director. Movies and the people who make movies have such glamor associated with them. But the truth is, it's not like that. It's very different. It's hard work. If you were suddenly catapulted into that situation - without any training - you would say after it was over: "Oh, God! You're kidding! You mean, this is what it's like? This is what they put you through?" Yes, as a matter of fact, it is like this - and it's often worse. People have tried to describe the film business, but it's impossible to describe because it's so crazy. You must know your craft inside out and then pick up the rules as you go along.
24 When somebody who makes movies for a living -- either as an actor, writer, producer or director -- lives to be a certain age, you have to admire them. It is an act of courage to make a film -- a courage for which you are not prepared in the rest of life. It is very hard and very destructive. But we do it because we love it. Regardless of how bitter I was a few years ago because of my experiences at the studios, I'm still making films.
25 I'm pretty happy with who I am. I like myself and what I'm doing. I don't need to be the world's greatest director or the most famous -- or the richest. I don't need to make a whole lot of great films. I can do my job and I can do it pretty well. This is the realization I've come to, later in life. It's called growing up.
26 When you've been in the movie business for as long as I have your priorities change. The reasons I got into it in the beginning were very pure. I was driven by a creative urge to be a part of Hollywood and to make my mark in the movies. As I've gone through it practically -- in real life -- I've realized that ambition is immature. Luck and the randomness of fate play such a big part in whether I'm a success or a failure. After a while, I told myself, "The only thing I can do is the best I can do." That's what being a professional is all about. It's how I conduct myself. I try to live with dignity and honor. But I can't ever depend on reaching my goals, because there's too much that I can't control in my way. I've learned that I either have to be happy with who I am -- or not.
27 I'm flattered if someone comes to me with the idea of remaking one of my films. Remake or original, making a movie still comes down to old-fashioned hard work. If it's based on another film, well, so be it. Remakes have been part of cinema since its earliest days - think of A Star Is Born (1937), which was remade numerous times. And they're especially big right now because it's become increasingly difficult to lure audiences into theaters. Advertising a remade title that may be familiar to audiences can hopefully cut through the clutter of titles and products that one sees.
28 Working for the studios is no piece of cake. But it's a trade-off situation, whomever you work for. You have much less creative freedom working for big studios, but they really release your film. By comparison, you have enormous creative freedom working for independent companies like New World. But when it comes time to sell your film and show it to the public, they don't have the same clout as big studios. The independents have to fight to get your film in theaters in which to show your film and they have to fight to keep your film in those theaters. Everybody in the business faces one truth all the time -- if your movie doesn't perform immediately, the exhibitors want to get rid of it. The exhibitors only want product in their theaters which makes money. Quality has nothing to do with it.
29 Hollywood is a weird place. The film industry has changed. Business is bad. Directors are treated like bums now. This is a bad time for creative people. Hollywood is a mean place to work. [1986]
30 I have always had different aspects to my personality. I think I'm a long-term pessimist and a short-term optimist. I do feel a great darkness about humanity. But - simultaneously and contradictorily - I also feel that life can be pretty fabulous. I should also express some of that in my work; I don't want to limit myself as a filmmaker. I want to be true to the parameters of all films. They should create a mood and tingle you emotionally. That is what I'm after. I want the audience to experience some feeling. I want them to know they're alive.
31 Movies are pieces of film stuck together in a certain rhythm, an absolute beat, like a musical composition. The rhythm you create affects the audience.
32 Another trend is a lot of women are going to see horror films. That's a really welcome development for horror... It actually has a broadened audience. I think most studios recognize that there is a real potential in horror, if you can find something new and unique. For a while it was a lot of remaking of Japanese horror films that have a whole different way of approaching a story - some of which translates quite well in this country. It is fascinating to watch for a guy who worked in the horror trenches.
33 I don't deny that commercial success means a lot to me, the best reviews you can get are at the box office.
34 [on why he passed on Fatal Attraction (1987)] There wasn't a grain of originality in it - it was Play Misty for Me (1971) with Michael Douglas filling in for Clint Eastwood. Also, the original version, the script I read, had Glenn Close winning in the end by killing herself and thereby getting the moral upper hand. I knew the audience was never going to buy that. The audience was always gonna want to see the wife shoot the bitch. Sure enough, they shot the original script, previewed it, got booed off screen and went back and shot the ending you see today. That was a journey I couldn't be bothered to go on.
35 Things haven't been going great lately. For a while now people haven't really been getting my movies. Certainly the box office hasn't been up to speed. Sure, some of my recent stuff hasn't been perfect, but neither has it been the shit that many have said. Critically, it's all become a bit of a crapshoot. The critics thought I was a bum when I started out and they think I'm a bum now.
36 We're a violent country. We always have been. We embrace our individuality and our violence.
37 In France, I'm an auteur; in Germany, a filmmaker; in Britain; a genre film director; and, in the USA, a bum.

#Trademark
1 Films often take place in single confined locations
2 Often references the works of Alfred Hitchcock
3 Graphic visual effects and body transformations
4 Underlying sense of paranoia in horror stories
5 Includes at least one scene inside an automobile in nearly all his films. Likes to include helicopters in his films, many times doing a cameo as a pilot.
6 Frequently makes references to classic Westerns
7 [Video Screen] His films often feature important visuals shown from a video screen (The end-of-the-world transmission from the future in Prince of Darkness (1987), the Norwegian recordings of the expedition to uncover the aliens in The Thing (1982), various TV sets and the general anti-TV motif in They Live (1988), etc.).
8 [Names] Likes to name characters after real life people: directors, etc. Also reuses character names from classic movies. For example, John T. Chance, Carpenter's pseudonym in for editing Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), is John Wayne's character in Rio Bravo (1959); Donald Pleasence's character name in Halloween (1978), Sam Loomis, is also the name of Janet Leigh's boyfriend in Psycho (1960). Frequently uses the character names "Tramer" and "Baxter" in different films as well.
9 Is known for an unofficial "Carpenter's Repertory Group" of actors who he enjoys working with, including Kurt Russell, Sam Neill, Peter Jason, George 'Buck' Flower, and various crew members. Also frequently casts musicians (Ice Cube, Isaac Hayes, Alice Cooper, Jon Bon Jovi).
10 [Cinematography] Uses minimalist cinematography and lighting. Tries to make empty spaces look full, and full spaces look empty. Shoots all of his movies in Panavision (2.35:1 ratio with anamorphic lenses). The exceptions are Dark Star (1974) and all of his TV work.
11 His lead male characters are anti-heroes (e.g., Snake Plissken in the "Escape" films and Napoleon Wilson in Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)) whereas the bad guys in his films are usually depicted as zombie-like, mindless, and lacking a personality or emotion. Though many people die in his films, with few exceptions, he usually avoids showing gore.
12 [Apocalypse] Apocalyptic overtones run throughout Carpenter's films, most prominently in his unofficial but aptly titled Apocalypse Trilogy (The Thing (1982), Prince of Darkness (1987), In the Mouth of Madness (1994)) and more subtly in films like Halloween (1978), They Live (1988) and Escape from New York (1981).
13 [Cheap Scare] Many of Carpenter's films include what he calls a "cheap scare", where something comes into view very fast and leaves just as quickly, intensified by musical cues. Carpenter makes open compositions that allow the villain/monster (or sometimes just an object) to pop into frame from the background, the immediate foreground or from either side of the frame. It has since become a horror cliché after using "cheap scares" so effectively in Halloween (1978).
14 Uses synthesizer-based soundtracks that he composes himself (Most famous for the theme song to Halloween (1978), obviously).
15 [Attribution] The words "John Carpenter's" appear before almost all of his film and TV titles (e.g., John Carpenter's Halloween (1978)).
16 [Horror] Although Carpenter has directed films in numerous other genres (dark comedy, sci-fi, romance), he is known primarily for making horror films (Halloween (1978) and the subsequent sequels not directed by him, The Fog (1980), The Thing (1982), etc.). He is also known as the "Master of Horror" or the "Prince of Darkness" (after one of his films).
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