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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... See full bio »
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15 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Fog
The Fog Writer
(1980)
Halloween
Halloween Writer
(1978)
Escape from New York
(1981)

Filmography

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 2017 Stranger Things (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister (2017) ... (writer: "The Bank Robbery")
 2017 John Carpenter: Christine (Video short) (performer: "Christine") / (writer: "Christine")
  The X Factor (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2016) (writer - 1 episode, 2016)
- Live Show 4: Fright Night Week (2016) ... (performer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited) / (writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited)
 2016 John Carpenter: Utopian Facade (Video short) (performer: "Utopian Facade") / (writer: "Utopian Facade")
 2016 John Carpenter: Distant Dream (Video short) (performer: "Distant Dream") / (writer: "Distant Dream")
 2016 Limitless (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Sands, Agent of Morra (2016) ... (performer: "Abyss", "Night" - uncredited)
 2013-2015 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Halloween of Horror (2015) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited)
- A Test Before Trying (2013) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 2015 HALLOWEEN: The Rebirth of Michael Myers (Short) (performer: "The Shape") / (writer: "The Shape")
 2015 Jason Voorhees vs. Michael Myers (Short) (writer: "Michael Myers Theme Song")
 2015/II Love (performer: "Night") / (writer: "Main Title", "Night")
 2015 John Carpenter: Night (Video short) (writer: "Night")
 2014 Halloween on Dartmoor (Video short) (writer: "Halloween Theme", "Happy Halloween - Silver shamrock")
 2014 Punk 'n' Spice (Short) (performer: "Halloween" theme song) / (writer: "Halloween" theme song)
 2014/I The Babysitter (Short) (performer: "The Shape") / (writer: "The Shape")
 2013 Daily Ukulele (TV Series short) (writer - 1 episode)
- Halloween Theme Song (2013) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme Song")
 2013 The Comix Scrutinizer (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Witch Doctor #0 (2013) ... ("Halloween III Theme", "Silver Shamrock Jingle")
  Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: Season Zero (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 2010 - 2013) (performer - 2 episodes, 2012 - 2013)
- Episode #1.3 (2013) ... (performer: "Halloween Theme") / (writer: "Halloween Theme")
- #2 (2012) ... (performer: "Halloween Theme") / (writer: "Halloween Theme")
- Pilot (2010) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 2012 Monkey Pudding Face (TV Series short) (writer - 1 episode)
- John Carpenter's "Halloween" & "The Fog" (2012) ... (writer: "Halloween", "The Fog")
 2012 ParaNorman (writer: "Halloween Theme" - as John H. Carpenter)
 2011 Solyanka po-Piterski (Short) (writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited)
 2010 Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star (Video documentary) (music: "Benson Arizona")
 2010 Red Nose, Black Heart (Short) (writer: "The Fog" (excerpt from the soundtrack), "Big Trouble in Little China" (excerpt from the soundtrack) - uncredited)
 2009 Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (TV Short) (writer: "Theme from 'Halloween'")
 2009 Halloween II (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 2007 The Angry Video Game Nerd (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Halloween (2007) ... (writer: "Selections")
 2007 Planet Terror (performer: "Back To The Pod / The Crazies Come Out") / (writer: "Back To The Pod / The Crazies Come Out")
 2007 Grindhouse (performer: "Back to the Pod/The Crazies Come Out") / (writer: "Back to the Pod/The Crazies Come Out")
 2006 Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (Video documentary) ("Halloween Theme")
  My Name Is Earl (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2006) (writer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Boogeyman (2006) ... (performer: "Halloween Theme") / (writer: "Halloween Theme")
  Undercover (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- Die Geisterjäger (2005) ... (performer: "Theme From Halloween", "Theme From The Fog") / (writer: "Theme From Halloween", "Theme From The Fog")
 2004 Super Secret Movie Rules (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Slashers (2004) ... (writer: "'Halloween' Theme")
 2004 The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 3 episodes)
- The Shadows in the Cave (2004) ... (writer: "Prince of Darkness (Main Theme)" - uncredited)
- The Phantom Victory (2004) ... (writer: "Prince of Darkness (Main Theme)", "Laurie's Theme" - uncredited)
- Baby It's Cold Outside (2004) ... (writer: "Prince of Darkness Theme" - uncredited)
 2003 The Life of David Gale (writer: "Halloween Theme" (1978))
 2002 Haider lebt - 1. April 2021 (performer: "Halloween Theme") / (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 2001 Halloween 4: Final Cut (Video documentary short) (performer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited) / (writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited)
 2001 Chick'n Swell (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (2001) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme Main Title" (Uncredited))
 1998 Dernier moment (Short) ("Prince Of Darkness")
 1996 Escape from L.A. ("Escape From New York - Main Title")
 1994 Bassie en Adriaan en de reis vol verrassingen (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 13 episodes)
- Een grens geval (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
- Een verdacht vliegtuigje (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
- Een knal goeie wild-west show (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
- Het kinderparadijs (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
- Een grote verrassing (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
 1994 SMW: Blood, Brawls and Grudges (Video) (writer: "Halloween Theme Main Title")
 1993 Heads or Tails? (Video) (performer: "Michael Kills Judith" - uncredited)
 1988 Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers ("Halloween Theme")
 1986 Big Trouble in Little China (writer: "Big Trouble in Little China")
 1985 Huang jia shi jie (writer: "Halloween" (excerpts from the soundtrack) - uncredited)
 1978 Halloween (writer: "Halloween Theme Main Title")
 1976 Assault on Precinct 13 (performer: "Assault On Precinct 13 (Main Title)") / (writer: "Assault On Precinct 13 (Main Title)")
 1974 Dark Star (music: "Benson Arizona")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Sacred Bones Records releases "Lost Themes", his first album of original compositions not connected to a soundtrack.

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 45 Interviews | 6 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Frank Armitage | Johnny Carpenter | Carpenter | James T. Chance | John T. Chance | Rip Haight | Martin Quatermass

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

[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 ... See more »

Trivia:

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). See more »

Trademark:

[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... See more »

Nickname:

JC

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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