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John Carpenter

John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, editor, composer, and occasional actor. Although Carpenter has worked in numerous film genres in his four-decade career, his name is most commonly associated with horror and science fiction. Most films in Carpenter's career were initially commercial and critical failures, with the notable exceptions of Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), and Starman (1984). However, many of Carpenter's films from the 1970s and the 1980s have come to be viewed as cult classics, and he has been acknowledged as an influential filmmaker. Cult classics that Carpenter directed 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 (1995). His films are characterized by minimalist lighting and photography, static cameras, use of steadicam, and distinctive synthesized scores. Carpenter is also notable for having composed or co-composed most of the music of his films; some of them are now considered cult as well, with the main theme of Halloween being considered a part of popular culture. His music is generally synthesized with accompaniment from piano and atmospherics. He released his first studio album Lost Themes in 2015, and also won a Saturn Award for Best Music for Vampires (1998). Carpenter is an outspoken proponent of widescreen filming, and all of his theatrical movies (with the exception of Dark Star and The Ward) were filmed anamorphic with a 2.35:1 or greater aspect ratio. The Ward was shot in Super 35, the first time Carpenter has ever used that system. Carpenter has stated he feels that the 35mm Panavision anamorphic format is "the best movie system there is", preferring it over both digital and 3D film. Many of Carpenter's films have been re-released on DVD as special editions with numerous bonus features. Carpenter has been the subject of the documentary film John Carpenter: The Man and His Movies, and American Cinematheque's 2002 retrospective of his films. Moreover, in 2006, the United States Library of Congress deemed Halloween to be "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. In 2010, writer and actor Mark Gatiss interviewed Carpenter about his career and films for his BBC documentary series A History of Horror. Carpenter appears in all three episodes of the series. He was also interviewed by Robert Rodriguez for his The Director's Chair series on El Rey Network. Many filmmakers have been influenced by Carpenter, including James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino ((The Hateful Eight was heavily influenced by The Thing), Guillermo del Toro, Robert Rodriguez, Edgar Wright, Danny Boyle, Nicolas Winding Refn, Bong Joon-ho, among others. The video game Dead Space 3 is said to be influenced by Carpenter's The Thing, The Fog and Halloween, and Carpenter has stated that he would be enthusiastic to adapt that series into a feature film. Description above from the Wikipedia article John Carpenter, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Jan 16, 1948 In Carthage, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie ‘The Birds’: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie
Latest Project:
Movie Terreur et glamour - Montée et déclin du studio Hammer 2017-08-06
Known For
Poster of The Puppet Man
Poster of Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television
Poster of Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer?
Poster of ‘The Birds’: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie
Movie ‘The Birds’: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie Himself 2019
Movie Henchman: The Al Leong Story Himself 2017-03-07
Movie Terreur et glamour - Montée et déclin du studio Hammer Himself 2017-08-06
Movie The Puppet Man 2016-01-22
Movie Why Horror? 2014-10-03
Movie Nightmare Factory Himself 2011-10-30
Movie Charlie Brown's Blockhead Revenge Himself (Host) 2011-10-31
Movie Halloween: The Inside Story Himself 2010-10-25
Movie Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star Himself (voice) 2010-10-26
Movie Nightmares in Red, White and Blue Himself 2009-08-06
Movie Monsterland Himself 2009-03-29
Movie Tales From the Script Himself 2009-01-10
Movie The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style Himself 2009-01-01
Movie Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master Himself 2008-01-01
Movie In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy Himself 2008-10-07
Movie Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh 2008-10-07
Movie Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown Himself 2008-07-24
Movie Bloodsucking Cinema 2007-10-26
Movie Big John Himself 2006-12-11
Movie Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon Himself 2006-11-14
Movie Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film Himself 2006-10-13
Movie The Perfect Scary Movie Himself 2005-10-29
Movie Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television Himself 2004-10-31
Movie Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures Himself 2004-10-30
Movie John Carpenter: The Man and His Movies Himself 2004-03-23
Movie Halloween: A Cut Above The Rest Himself 2003-08-05
Movie Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer? Himself (voice) 2003-03-07
Movie Once Upon a Time in the West: An Opera of Violence Himself 2003-11-18
Series Durch die Nacht mit … Unknown 2002-05-10
Movie Hidden Values: The Movies of the Fifties Himself 2001-09-04
Movie The American Nightmare Himself 2000-09-11
Movie Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven' Himself 2000-05-13
Movie Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror Himself 2000-01-01
Movie Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre Himself 2000-01-01
Movie Halloween: Unmasked 2000 Himself 1999-09-13
Movie The Thing: Terror Takes Shape Himself 1998-01-01
Movie 100 Years of Horror: Witchcraft and Demons Himself 1996-01-01
Movie After Sunset: The Life & Times of the Drive-In Theater Himself 1995-09-29
Movie The Silence of the Hams Trenchcoat Man / Gimp 1994-03-11
Movie Body Bags The Coroner 1993-08-07
Movie Fear in the Dark Himself 1991-10-29
Movie This is Horror Himself 1989-01-01
Movie Stephen King's World of Horror Himself 1986-01-01
Movie Night of the Ghouls Capt. Robbins 1984-01-01
Movie Take One: Fear on Film 1982-01-01
Movie Halloween Paul, Annie's Boyfriend (voice) (uncredited) 1978-10-24
Movie Assault on Precinct 13 Gang Member 1976-11-05
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30