The Directors: John Carpenter (1948 - )

John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) born in Carthage, New York, and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the son of a college music professor, enchanted by movies, particularly Westerns, from a very early age, he enrolled in the University of Southern California's School of Cinema. After winning an Academy Award for his 1970 short subject, THE RESURRECTION OF BRONCO BILLY (completed while a film student at USC), Carpenter went on to direct a series of low-budget, highly-commercial and critically-acclaimed movies.

John Carpenter is sometimes referred to as the “master of the horror film.” This is a logical title, bearing in mind that he has proven to be a veritable visionary of within the genre field, albeit habitually misinterpreted and under appreciated by orthodox audiences and critics alike. Halloween (1978), is still officially one of the most lucrative independent films ever produced and inspired numerous clones, not forgetting that it single handedly ignited the slasher-film genre that prospered and dominated during the late 70s and early 80s. His movies are characterized by his acuity of the cinematographic craft, and by the showcasing of many engaging narratives that impart a cogent analysis on the many social, racial, gender and sexual anxieties of our contemporary world.

After a career spanning almost 35 years, John Carpenter has directed some of the most accomplished, seminal, provocative, innovative, acerbic and unnerving films in cinema history, he not only stands out as a notable genre director and also as one of the foremost filmmakers in cinema history.


  • Revenge of the Colossal Beasts (1962) 
  • Terror from Space (1963)
  • Warrior and the Demon (1969) (as Johnny Carpenter)
  • Sorceror from Outer Space (1969)
  • Gorgo Versus Godzilla (1969)
  • Gorgon, the Space Monster (1969)
  • Dark Star (1974) ... aka John Carpenter's Dark Star (Australia)
  • Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) ... aka John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13
  • Halloween (1978) ... aka John Carpenter's Halloween (USA: complete title)
  • Someone's Watching Me! (1978) (TV) ... aka High Rise
  • Elvis (1979/I) (TV) ... aka Elvis the Movie (USA: informal title)
  • The Fog (1980) ... aka John Carpenter's The Fog (USA: complete title)Escape from New York (1981) ... aka John Carpenter's Escape from New York (USA: complete title)
  • The Thing (1982) ... aka John Carpenter's The Thing (USA: complete title)
  • Christine (1983) ... aka John Carpenter's Christine (USA: complete title)
  • Starman (1984) ... aka John Carpenter's Starman (USA: complete title)
  • Big Trouble in Little China (1986) ... aka John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China (USA: complete title)
  • Prince of Darkness (1987) ... aka John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness (USA: complete title)
  • They Live (1988) ... aka John Carpenter's They Live (USA: complete title) ... aka They Live! (USA: poster title)
  • Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992) ... aka Les aventures d'un homme invisible (France)
  • Body Bags (1993) (TV) (segments "Gas Station, The" and "Hair") ... aka John Carpenter Presents 'Body Bags' ... aka John Carpenter Presents 'Mind Games' (USA: cable TV title)
  • In the Mouth of Madness (1994) ... aka John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness (USA: complete title)
  • Village of the Damned (1995) ... aka John Carpenter's Village of the Damned (USA: complete title)
  • Escape from L.A. (1996) ... aka John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. (USA: complete title)
  • Vampires (1998) ... aka John Carpenter's Vampires (USA: complete title) ... aka Vampire$ (USA)
  • Ghosts of Mars (2001) ... aka John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars (USA: complete title)
  • Masters of Horror (2 episodes, 2005-2006) Pro-Life (2006) TV episode & John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns (2005) TV episode
  • The Ward (2010) (post-production)
  • The Prince (2010) (announced)
  • L.A. G othic (2010) (announced)
  • Riot (in development)





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