John Carpenter

John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American filmmaker, actor and composer. Although he worked in various film genres, he is most commonly associated with horror, action, and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s. He is generally recognized as one of the greatest masters of the horror genre.[1] At the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the French Directors' Guild gave him the Golden Coach Award, lauding him as "a creative genius of raw, fantastic, and spectacular emotions".[2][3]

John Carpenter
Carpenter in 2010
John Howard Carpenter

(1948-01-16) January 16, 1948 (age 74)
Other names
  • John T. Chance
  • Martin Quatermass
Alma materWestern Kentucky University
University of Southern California (dropped out)
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • producer
  • actor
  • composer
  • musician
Years active1969–present
Notable work
(m. 1979; div. 1984)

(m. 1990)
ChildrenCody Carpenter
Musical career
LabelsSacred Bones

Most of Carpenter's films were initially commercial and critical failures, with the exceptions of Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), and Starman (1984). Many from the 1970s and the 1980s came to be considered cult classics, and he has been acknowledged as an influential filmmaker. These include Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988), and In the Mouth of Madness (1994). He returned to the Halloween franchise as composer and executive producer of the sequel Halloween (2018).

Carpenter composed or co-composed most of his films' music. He won a Saturn Award for Best Music for the film Vampires (1998). He released four studio albums, titled Lost Themes (2015), Lost Themes II (2016), Anthology: Movie Themes 1974–1998 (2017) and Lost Themes III: Alive After Death (2021).

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