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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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The Fog Writer
(1980)
(1981)
Halloween Writer
(1978)

Filmography

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 2018-2020 Homecoming (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- People (2020) ... (writer: "The Fog Enters Town" - uncredited)
- Helping (2018) ... (writer: "Romero And The President")
 2019 Happy! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Resurrection (2019) ... (writer: "Myer's House")
 2019 Bacurau (performer: "Night") / (writer: "Night")
 2019 Michael vs Jason: Evil Emerges (Short) ("Music from tt1502407")
 2018 Good Morning Britain (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 18 October 2018 (2018) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme Main Title")
 2018 Louder with Crowder (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Kavanaugh Hearings: Raping a Man's Reputation! (2018) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited)
 2018/I Halloween (performer: "Sweet Moon") / (writer: "Sweet Moon", "Close to Me")
 2018 Entre Oscuros Sueños (performer: "Return to Church", "A Message", "Transient Hotel", "Julie") / (writer: "Return to Church", "A Message", "Transient Hotel", "Julie")
 2018 Roja Oscuridad (performer: "Assault on Precinct 13 (main theme)") / (writer: "Assault on Precinct 13 (main theme)")
 2017 Stranger Things (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister (2017) ... (writer: "The Bank Robbery")
 2017 The Terror of Hallow's Eve (music: "Real Xeno", "Vortex")
  The X Factor UK (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 The Stalker (Short) (writer: "Main theme" from Halloween (1978))
 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 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")
 2015 Bitter Lake (Documentary) (performer: "Mirror Image", "The Fog" - uncredited) / (writer: "Mirror Image", "The Fog" - uncredited)
 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")
 2011 Solyanka po-Piterski (Short) (writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited)
 2011 Extraños Despertares (Short) (performer: "The Bank Robbery") / (writer: "The Bank Robbery")
  Femme Fatales (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2011) (writer - 1 episode, 2011)
- Haunted (2011) ... (performer: "Halloween Theme - Main Title") / (writer: "Halloween Theme - Main Title")
 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 Movie) (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 Halloween (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 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" - uncredited) / (writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited)
  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 Autopsie: Mysteriöse Todesfälle (TV Series) (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 2001 Chick'n Swell (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (2001) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme Main Title" (Uncredited))
 2001 Halloween 4: Final Cut (Video documentary short) (performer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited) / (writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited)
 1999 Silminnäkijä (TV Series) (1 episode)
- XX2: Kansallispelin harhaheitto (1999) ... ("Halloween Main Theme")
 1998 Dernier moment (Short) ("Prince Of Darkness")
 1998 Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 1996 John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. ("'Escape from New York' - Main Title")
 1994 Bassie & Adriaan (TV Series) (writer - 13 episodes)
- Een Grensgeval (De Reis vol Verrassingen) (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
- Een Verdacht Vliegtuigje (De Reis vol Verrassingen) (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
- Een Knalgoeie Wild West Show (De Reis vol Verrassingen) (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
- Het Kinderparadijs (De Reis vol Verrassingen) (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
- Een Grote Verrassing (De Reis vol Verrassingen) (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)
 1989 Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (writer: "A Stranger In The House" - uncredited)
 1988 Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 1986 Big Trouble in Little China (writer: "Big Trouble in Little China")
 1986 Lucky Seven (writer: "Halloween Theme" (1981's Halloween II), "The Shape Stalks Again")
 1985 Yes, Madam! (writer: "Halloween" (excerpts from the soundtrack) - uncredited)
 1981 Halloween II (performer: "Original 'Halloween' Themes and Compositions" - uncredited) / (writer: "Original 'Halloween' Themes and Compositions" - uncredited)
 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 | 7 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

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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:

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 ... See more »

Trivia:

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). See more »

Trademark:

[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. See more »

Nickname:

JC

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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