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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)
Halloween Writer
(1978)
(1981)
They Live Writer
(1988)

Filmography

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  Halloween (characters by) (announced)
 2022 Halloween Ends (based on characters created by) (announced)
 2021 The Haddonfield Nightmare (based on the characters created by) (filming)
 2021 Halloween Kills (based on characters created by) (completed)
  Halloween: Comes Around (characters)
 2019 Halloween: Unforgiving (Short) (based on characters created by)
 2019 Myers: The Monster of Haddonfield (Short) (characters)
 2019 Myers: The Evil of Haddonfield (Short) (characters)
 2019 Myers: The Series (Short) (characters)
 2018 Halloween: Haddonfield Nightmare (Short) (based on the characters created by)
 2018/I Halloween (based on characters created by)
 2018 The Spirit of Haddonfield (Short) (characters)
 2017 They Still Live (Short) (characters)
 2015 HALLOWEEN: The Rebirth of Michael Myers (Short) (character)
 2013 Halloween: Harvest of Souls 1985 (Short) (story)
 2012 The Escape Agenda (Short) (characters)
 2012 Halloween: Awakening (character)
 2012 Halloween: Existence (Short) (based on the film "Halloween" by)
 2012 Halloween: Resurgence (based upon characters created by)
 2012 Myers (Short) (characters)
 2012 Lockout (based on "Escape from New York" written by - uncredited)
 2011 Halloween (Short) (characters)
 2010 October 31st (Short) (original screenplay)
 2010 Halloween: Autumn Blood (Short) (characters)
 2010 Halloween: Black Eyes (Short) (characters)
 2009 Halloween: Fall Stalking (Short) (characters)
 2007 Halloween (1978 screenplay)
 2005 The Fog (1980 screenplay)
 2005 Assault on Precinct 13 (earlier film)
 2004 Michael Vs. Jason (Short) (characters)
 2003 Jason vs. Leatherface (Short) (characters)
 2002 Halloween: Resurrection - Web Cam Special (Video short) (characters)
 2002 Halloween: Resurrection (characters)
 2001 Ghosts of Mars (written by)
 1999 Silent Predators (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (characters)
 1996 Escape from L.A. (characters) / (written by)
 1991 Blood River (TV Movie) (written by)
 1990 El Diablo (TV Movie) (written by)
 1988 They Live (screenplay - as Frank Armitage)
 1987 Prince of Darkness (written by - as Martin Quatermass)
 1986 Black Moon Rising (screenplay by) / (story by)
 1981 Halloween II (written by)
 1981 Escape from New York (written by)
 1980 The Fog (written by)
 1979 Better Late Than Never (TV Movie)
 1978 Someone's Watching Me! (TV Movie) (written by)
 1978 Halloween (screenplay by)
 1978 Zuma Beach (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1978 Eyes of Laura Mars (screenplay) / (story)
 1976 Assault on Precinct 13 (written by)
 1974 Dark Star (original story by) / (screenplay by)
 1970 The Resurrection of Broncho Billy (Short) (story)
 1969 Captain Voyeur (Short)
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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 »

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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:

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. See more »

Trivia:

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. 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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