John Carpenter Net Worth

John Carpenter Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

John Carpenter net worth is
$35 Million

John Carpenter Wiki Biography

John Howard Carpenter, shortly knows as John Carpenter having plenty of nicknames such as John Howard Carpenter, Carpenter, John, Rip Haight, John T. Chance, Martin Quatermass, Johnny Carpenter, James T. Chance, JC, Frank Armitage is an American film director, screenwriter and producer, film score composer, actor, voice actor and also film editor born in 1948. How rich is the multi – tasking personality? It is announced that John Carpenter net worth is estimated to be 35 million dollars. John Carpenter is one of the most authoritative movie makers who has tried himself in different film genres but is mostly known for science fiction and horror films which he started making being a school child.

John Carpenter Net Worth $35 Million

Films released between 1970 and 1980 such as “Dark Star“ , „The Fog“, Starman“ , “Escape from New York”, The Thing“, “Christine”,” Someone’s Watching Me”, „Big Trouble in Little China“ and „They Live“ are considered now to be cult classics, and they have made Carpenter an influential and successful filmmaker with an impressive net worth.

John Carpenter went to USC Film School. During the second term at school he was working as co-writer, composer and editor with producer John Longenecker for film “The Resurrection of Broncho Billy“. The film won the Oscar in the category Best Live Action Short Film. Carpenter left early the school to produce his first film „Dar Star“ which was released in 1974. John Carpenter net worth started increasing as he got plenty of suggestions from Hollywood studios. Is it said, that some of his movies have modificated the horror genre and are still acknowledged as the best horror movies. The next film “Assault on Precinct 13” was beloved in Europe but it needed more time to catch the attention of American audience. The turning point in the early career was the third film, independent slasher horror film “Halloween” which gained him appreciation. The film has earned 65 million dollars. Even though John Carpenter did not escape critics and had some negative receptions his film “The Fog” was a huge impulse to Carpenter’s net worth. It has earned 21,000,000 dollars in United States whereas to make it the budget was 1,000,000 dollars. In 1990 – 2000 Carpenter experienced some failures but in 2005 he reached success with the direction of an episode of series “Showtime’s Masters of Horror” where he was working with other twelve filmmakers. The episode „Cigarette Burns“ directed by John Carpenter was valued as positive as well as another episode for the second season called “Pro-Life”, about a raped girl who was raped by demon and is expecting a baby.

John Carpenter last release was “Ghost of Mars” in 2001 and the film “The Ward”, which was presented at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010. Carpenter is also occupied as a voice actor, his voice is to hear on a video game F.E.A.R.3. John Carpenter work was noticed widely and in 2010 he was honored with the Lifetime Award from the Freak Show Horror Film Festival. There is no doubt that John Carpenter net worth of 35 million is earned with his sincere life time work.

Net Worth$35 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 16, 1948
DiedSeptember 4, 1998, Torrance, California, United States
Place Of BirthCarthage, New York, United States
Height6 ft (1.83 m)
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film director, Film Score Composer, Film Producer, Voice Actor, Actor, Film Editor
EducationUniversity of Southern California, Western Kentucky University
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseSandy King (m. 1990), Adrienne Barbeau (m. 1979–1984)
ChildrenCody Carpenter
ParentsHoward Ralph Carpenter, Milton Jean Carter
NicknamesJohn Howard Carpenter , JC , Johnny Carpenter , James T. Chance , John T. Chance , Rip Haight , Martin Quatermass , Frank Armitage
AwardsSaturn Award, Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement
NominationsHugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Nebula Award for Best Script, Edgar Awards for Best Television Feature/Mini-Series Teleplay
MoviesThe Thing, Halloween, They Live, Escape from New York
TV ShowsClive Barker's A-Z of Horror
1Films often take place in single confined locations
2Often references the works of Alfred Hitchcock
3Graphic visual effects and body transformations
4Underlying sense of paranoia in horror stories
5Includes at least one scene inside an automobile in nearly all his films. Likes to include helicopters in his films, many times doing a cameo as a pilot.
6Frequently makes references to classic Westerns
7[Video Screen] His films often feature important visuals shown from a video screen (The end-of-the-world transmission from the future in Prince of Darkness (1987), the Norwegian recordings of the expedition to uncover the aliens in The Thing (1982), various TV sets and the general anti-TV motif in They Live (1988), etc.).
8[Names] Likes to name characters after real life people: directors, etc. Also reuses character names from classic movies. For example, John T. Chance, Carpenter's pseudonym in for editing Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), is John Wayne's character in Rio Bravo (1959); Donald Pleasence's character name in Halloween (1978), Sam Loomis, is also the name of Janet Leigh's boyfriend in Psycho (1960). Frequently uses the character names "Tramer" and "Baxter" in different films as well.
9Is known for an unofficial "Carpenter's Repertory Group" of actors who he enjoys working with, including Kurt Russell, Sam Neill, Peter Jason, George 'Buck' Flower, and various crew members. Also frequently casts musicians (Ice Cube, Isaac Hayes, Alice Cooper, Jon Bon Jovi).
10[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.
11His lead male characters are anti-heroes (e.g., Snake Plissken in the "Escape" films and Napoleon Wilson in Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)) whereas the bad guys in his films are usually depicted as zombie-like, mindless, and lacking a personality or emotion. Though many people die in his films, with few exceptions, he usually avoids showing gore.
12[Apocalypse] Apocalyptic overtones run throughout Carpenter's films, most prominently in his unofficial but aptly titled Apocalypse Trilogy (The Thing (1982), Prince of Darkness (1987), In the Mouth of Madness (1994)) and more subtly in films like Halloween (1978), They Live (1988) and Escape from New York (1981).
13[Cheap Scare] Many of Carpenter's films include what he calls a "cheap scare", where something comes into view very fast and leaves just as quickly, intensified by musical cues. Carpenter makes open compositions that allow the villain/monster (or sometimes just an object) to pop into frame from the background, the immediate foreground or from either side of the frame. It has since become a horror cliché after using "cheap scares" so effectively in Halloween (1978).
14Uses synthesizer-based soundtracks that he composes himself (Most famous for the theme song to Halloween (1978), obviously).
15[Attribution] The words "John Carpenter's" appear before almost all of his film and TV titles (e.g., John Carpenter's Halloween (1978)).
16[Horror] Although Carpenter has directed films in numerous other genres (dark comedy, sci-fi, romance), he is known primarily for making horror films (Halloween (1978) and the subsequent sequels not directed by him, The Fog (1980), The Thing (1982), etc.). He is also known as the "Master of Horror" or the "Prince of Darkness" (after one of his films).
Halloween (1978)$10,000
1I take every failure hard. The one I took the hardest was The Thing (1982). My career would have been different if that had been a big hit... The movie was hated. Even by science-fiction fans. They thought that I had betrayed some kind of trust, and the piling on was insane. Even the original movie's director, Christian Nyby, was dissing me.
2I've never had any illusions about my musical abilities. I've got very basic musical chops, that's okay - I've proudly stretched them as far as I possibly could.
3At the beginning, I was doing the music out of necessity, because we had no money. At some point, I realized that the scores became another voice, another way I could further what I was doing as a filmmaker. It became an extension of directing. Composing was a lot of extra work, but I kept going as long as I could stand it. Kind of like directing.
4I got to work within the studio system, and make all those movies the way I wanted them, and I'm very proud of that. It was a fight, though, because the studios don't ever want to give control to the filmmakers. It's all changed now. A lot of directors today don't even care about the final cut to begin with. Hell, they just want a job.
5The biggest lesson that I learned from film school was to try to get and maintain, if possible, final cut. Creative control is the essence of having the ability to make your own movie, and not someone else's.
6Well, before I write my scripts, I know how much thy'll have to cost, so I write them to fit our small budget. Idea first, then the budget, then the script. We do it backwards. My only criteria when working a deal is that I get control of the film - creative control. For a certain amount of money, you see, at this point in my career, they will give me control if it's done cheaply enough. For a $10 million project they would't give me that control. Not now. So, it's an open-and-shut contractual thing. Will you give me cast approval and final cut and budget approval. And if you ask those questions and they say no, well, then you go elsewhere. ["Films in Review" interview, 1980]
7The Blair Witch Project (1999) is a movie that I really don't think ever had a director. It's one of the few movies I've ever seen that didn't have one.
8[responding to Debra Hill's remark in The Fog (1980) DVD commentary] I recycle all of Howard Hawks' films, Debra.
9With the kinds of movies being made by studios today, there are very few low-budget films, and those are entrusted to young geniuses, not old guys like myself.
10[on Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)] We found that the audience didn't want different stories. What they wanted was just the same old thing over and over again. [The producers] got mad because they thought I'd destroyed their franchise. They took it out of my hands and I was done with Halloween.
11If I had three wishes, one of them would be "Send me back to the '40s and the studio system and let me direct movies." Because I would have been happiest there. I feel I am a little bit out of time. I have much more of a kinship for older-style films, and very few films that are made now interest me at all. I get up and walk out on them.
12The trick with shooting a low-budget film is to shoot as little footage as possible and extend the scenes for as long as one can.
13[on making Halloween (1978). When we needed kids walking down the street, anyone who had a family rounded up their kids. Everyone helped out - it was just the joy of making movies.
14I arrived in L.A. the most naive human being on the face of the earth. When I got off the plane at LAX, I got a map of Los Angeles, looked up USC, and decided to walk. It only looked like it was a couple of blocks away. After about 15 blocks of carting my luggage down some endless street, I looked at the map again. It took me a while to figure out the scope of Los Angeles. If I'd continued walking that day, I would still be walking. I was a real country boy.
15I can remember at USC in the late Sixties when everybody was making socially relevant films. Good God, they'd have given anything if you made a film about Vietnam, about American injustices. That's the kind of thing they wanted. They looked down on you and felt you were naive if you cared about Hollywood films. But I wasn't caught up in that. I went back to my roots.
16Everyone who ever made a low-budget film was influenced by Night of the Living Dead (1968).
17They Live (1988) was made as response to the horror of the Reagan years.
18[on how they created the Michael Myers mask] We didn't have enough money to make it. Production designer, Tommy Lee Wallace brought a clown mask, which was one idea. Then he brought a Star Trek (1966) Captain Kirk mask, It was a really terrible likeness of William Shatner, I mean terrible looking. We cut the eye holes a little bit bigger, spray painted it.....and that was it, it looked really creepy.
19I can play just about any keyboard but I can't read or write a note.
20Jeff Bridges is the greatest, as an actor and a person. He's the best actor of his generation, bar none.
21Monsters 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.
22I don't want to be in the mainstream. I don't want to be a part of the demographics. I want to be an individual. I wear each of my films as a badge of pride. That's why I cherish all my bad reviews. If the critics start liking my movies, then I'm in deep trouble.
23Film buffs who don't live in Hollywood have a fantasy about what it's like to be a director. Movies and the people who make movies have such glamor associated with them. But the truth is, it's not like that. It's very different. It's hard work. If you were suddenly catapulted into that situation - without any training - you would say after it was over: "Oh, God! You're kidding! You mean, this is what it's like? This is what they put you through?" Yes, as a matter of fact, it is like this - and it's often worse. People have tried to describe the film business, but it's impossible to describe because it's so crazy. You must know your craft inside out and then pick up the rules as you go along.
24When somebody who makes movies for a living -- either as an actor, writer, producer or director -- lives to be a certain age, you have to admire them. It is an act of courage to make a film -- a courage for which you are not prepared in the rest of life. It is very hard and very destructive. But we do it because we love it. Regardless of how bitter I was a few years ago because of my experiences at the studios, I'm still making films.
25I'm pretty happy with who I am. I like myself and what I'm doing. I don't need to be the world's greatest director or the most famous -- or the richest. I don't need to make a whole lot of great films. I can do my job and I can do it pretty well. This is the realization I've come to, later in life. It's called growing up.
26When you've been in the movie business for as long as I have your priorities change. The reasons I got into it in the beginning were very pure. I was driven by a creative urge to be a part of Hollywood and to make my mark in the movies. As I've gone through it practically -- in real life -- I've realized that ambition is immature. Luck and the randomness of fate play such a big part in whether I'm a success or a failure. After a while, I told myself, "The only thing I can do is the best I can do." That's what being a professional is all about. It's how I conduct myself. I try to live with dignity and honor. But I can't ever depend on reaching my goals, because there's too much that I can't control in my way. I've learned that I either have to be happy with who I am -- or not.
27I'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 increasingly difficult to lure audiences into theaters. Advertising a remade title that may be familiar to audiences can hopefully cut through the clutter of titles and products that one sees.
28Working for the studios is no piece of cake. But it's a trade-off situation, whomever you work for. You have much less creative freedom working for big studios, but they really release your film. By comparison, you have enormous creative freedom working for independent companies like New World. But when it comes time to sell your film and show it to the public, they don't have the same clout as big studios. The independents have to fight to get your film in theaters in which to show your film and they have to fight to keep your film in those theaters. Everybody in the business faces one truth all the time -- if your movie doesn't perform immediately, the exhibitors want to get rid of it. The exhibitors only want product in their theaters which makes money. Quality has nothing to do with it.
29Hollywood is a weird place. The film industry has changed. Business is bad. Directors are treated like bums now. This is a bad time for creative people. Hollywood is a mean place to work. [1986]
30I have always had different aspects to my personality. I think I'm a long-term pessimist and a short-term optimist. I do feel a great darkness about humanity. But - simultaneously and contradictorily - I also feel that life can be pretty fabulous. I should also express some of that in my work; I don't want to limit myself as a filmmaker. I want to be true to the parameters of all films. They should create a mood and tingle you emotionally. That is what I'm after. I want the audience to experience some feeling. I want them to know they're alive.
31Movies are pieces of film stuck together in a certain rhythm, an absolute beat, like a musical composition. The rhythm you create affects the audience.
32Another trend is a lot of women are going to see horror films. That's a really welcome development for horror... It actually has a broadened audience. I think most studios recognize that there is a real potential in horror, if you can find something new and unique. For a while it was a lot of remaking of Japanese horror films that have a whole different way of approaching a story - some of which translates quite well in this country. It is fascinating to watch for a guy who worked in the horror trenches.
33I don't deny that commercial success means a lot to me, the best reviews you can get are at the box office.
34[on why he passed on Fatal Attraction (1987)] There wasn't a grain of originality in it - it was Play Misty for Me (1971) with Michael Douglas filling in for Clint Eastwood. Also, the original version, the script I read, had Glenn Close winning in the end by killing herself and thereby getting the moral upper hand. I knew the audience was never going to buy that. The audience was always gonna want to see the wife shoot the bitch. Sure enough, they shot the original script, previewed it, got booed off screen and went back and shot the ending you see today. That was a journey I couldn't be bothered to go on.
35Things haven't been going great lately. For a while now people haven't really been getting my movies. Certainly the box office hasn't been up to speed. Sure, some of my recent stuff hasn't been perfect, but neither has it been the shit that many have said. Critically, it's all become a bit of a crapshoot. The critics thought I was a bum when I started out and they think I'm a bum now.
36We're a violent country. We always have been. We embrace our individuality and our violence.
37In France, I'm an auteur; in Germany, a filmmaker; in Britain; a genre film director; and, in the USA, a bum.
1Fans of John Carpenter's work include for example the directors Bertrand Bonello, Tom Tykwer, Joon-ho Bong, Jeff Nichols, Olivier Assayas, Alice Winocour, Gaspar Noé and Jeremy Saulnier, who all named him as an influence on some of their own work. The composer Hans Zimmer was an early fan and said Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) has his favorite movie theme of all time. Another fan is Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, who is especially fond of They Live (1988).
2He was offered the chance to direct The Exorcist III (1990).
3He said in an interview that he almost directed Tombstone (1993).
4Based his most famous character, the iconic Michael Myers from Halloween (1978), on a thirteen year old boy he saw at a mental institution on a school trip.
5Claims that his son, Cody Carpenter got him hooked on playing video games. When Cody was growing up, the two spent time playing together, with early games such as Sonic the Hedgehog (1991). As an avid gamer, he continues playing video games both with his son and independently. As of 2013, his recent favorites included: Dishonored (2012), Assassin's Creed III (2012), and the God of War (2005) Collection. He can frequently be seen at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) with his son. (Source: Magazine: gameinformer (Volume XXIII, Number 6, Issue 242)).
6He has always claimed that the Western is his favorite genre but he's never made a full-length film within the genre.
7Named his six favorite films as Only Angels Have Wings (1939), Rio Bravo (1959), Citizen Kane (1941), Vertigo (1958), Black Christmas (1974), Blow-Up (1966). Black Christmas is the film that inspired Halloween (1978).
8He directed child actress Kim Richards in his second feature film, Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), and directed Kim's sister Kyle Richards in his next film, Halloween (1978).
9Shares the low score of 3 in Empire's 'My Movie Mastermind' with Michael Keaton and Steve Guttenberg.
10Lives in West Hollywood, California.
11In an interview, he stated that he takes much of the failure of his movies pretty hard. However, out of all the movies that he had done, he claimed that The Thing (1982) was the failure he took the hardest.
12In the 5th edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (edited by Steven Jay Schneider), 2 of his films are listed: Halloween (1978) and The Thing (1982).
13Turned down the chance to direct Zombieland (2009).
14Close friend of actor Jeff Bridges.
15Was approached to score Planet Terror (2007) for Robert Rodriguez, but was busy finishing up post-production on Masters of Horror (2005).
16Is an avid fan of the Godzilla films. He considers the first Godzilla movie (Gojira (1954)) to be an inspiration for him.
17Was offered the chance to direct Armed and Dangerous (1986) but turned it down. The job went to Mark L. Lester who also directed Firestarter (1984), which was offered to Carpenter.
18Turned down the chance to direct Fatal Attraction (1987).
19Turned down the chance to direct Top Gun (1986).
20Was offered a chance to direct the Eddie Murphy film The Golden Child (1986), but turned it down.
21Was given the chance to direct Mutant Chronicles (2008).
22Said in a 1982 interview that he thought the R rating for Halloween (1978) was justifiable, but The Fog (1980) should've been rated PG.
23Was 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.
24He is a big fan of The Beach Boys and Howard Hawks.
25Praised longtime friend and frequent collaborator Kurt Russell for being a hard-working, professional actor who isn't afraid to take on roles that might hurt his image or make him look like a fool.
26Biography in the following: John Wakeman, editor. World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945- 1985. pp. 184-189. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
27With the exception of Escape from L.A. (1996), he has rarely made a sequel to any of his films. Has said that he got forced into writing Halloween II (1981), but refused to direct it because he "didn't want to direct the same movie again".
28Carpenter's character Snake Plissken (of Escape from New York (1981) and Escape from L.A. (1996)) is about to become a comic book. Published by theCrossGen imprint Code 6 Comics, the book will be known as "John Carpenter's The Snake Plissken Chronicles". It is set for publication beginning in 2003.
29Is a great fan of Sergio Leone and cast Lee Van Cleef in Escape from New York (1981) because of his work with Leone.
30He has a son, Cody Carpenter, with Adrienne Barbeau.
31Is a major NBA fan and has a satellite dish installed on his location trailer to keep up with the games. Always has a portable basketball hoop on location.
32Loves Elvis Presley and old Cadillacs.
33Considers it bad luck to wear the hat of the show he's working on. Will not wear a crew cap until the film is over.
34Appears 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).
35Is a fan of the Quartermass movies (The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), Five Million Years to Earth (1967)), wrote Prince of Darkness (1987) under the pseudonym of Martin Quatermass, and the village in In the Mouth of Madness (1994) is named after a rail station in "Quatermass and the Pit".
36In the movie Change of Habit (1969) Elvis Presley plays a character named John Carpenter. In 1979 Carpenter directed the TV movie Elvis (1979) starring his good friend Kurt Russell.


The X FactorTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
John Carpenter: Utopian Facade2016Video short performer: "Utopian Facade" / writer: "Utopian Facade"
John Carpenter: Distant Dream2016Video short performer: "Distant Dream" / writer: "Distant Dream"
Limitless2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Simpsons2013-2015TV Series writer - 2 episodes
HALLOWEEN: The Rebirth of Michael Myers2015Short performer: "The Shape" / writer: "The Shape"
Jason Voorhees vs. Michael Myers2015Short writer: "Michael Myers Theme Song"
Love2015/IIperformer: "Night" / writer: "Main Title", "Night"
John Carpenter: Night2015Video short writer: "Night"
Halloween on Dartmoor2014Video short writer: "Halloween Theme", "Happy Halloween - Silver shamrock"
Punk 'n' Spice2014Short performer: "Halloween" theme song / writer: "Halloween" theme song
The Babysitter2014/IShort performer: "The Shape" / writer: "The Shape"
Daily Ukulele2013TV Series short writer - 1 episode
The Comix Scrutinizer2013TV Series 1 episode
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: Season ZeroTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2010 - 2013 performer - 2 episodes, 2012 - 2013
Monkey Pudding Face2012TV Series short writer - 1 episode
ParaNorman2012writer: "Halloween Theme" - as John H. Carpenter
Solyanka po-Piterski2011Short writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited
Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star2010Video documentary music: "Benson Arizona"
Red Nose, Black Heart2010Short writer: "The Fog" excerpt from the soundtrack, "Big Trouble in Little China" excerpt from the soundtrack - uncredited
Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space2009TV Short writer: "Theme from 'Halloween'"
Halloween II2009writer: "Halloween Theme"
The Angry Video Game Nerd2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Planet Terror2007performer: "Back To The Pod / The Crazies Come Out" / writer: "Back To The Pod / The Crazies Come Out"
Grindhouse2007performer: "Back to the Pod/The Crazies Come Out" / writer: "Back to the Pod/The Crazies Come Out"
Halloween: 25 Years of Terror2006Video documentary "Halloween Theme"
My Name Is EarlTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
UndercoverTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Super Secret Movie Rules2004TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear2004TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
The Life of David Gale2003writer: "Halloween Theme" 1978
Haider lebt - 1. April 20212002performer: "Halloween Theme" / writer: "Halloween Theme"
Halloween 4: Final Cut2001Video documentary short performer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited / writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited
Chick'n Swell2001TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dernier moment1998Short "Prince Of Darkness"
Escape from L.A.1996"Escape From New York - Main Title"
Bassie en Adriaan en de reis vol verrassingen1994TV Mini-Series writer - 13 episodes
SMW: Blood, Brawls and Grudges1994Video writer: "Halloween Theme Main Title"
Heads or Tails?1993Video performer: "Michael Kills Judith" - uncredited
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers1988"Halloween Theme"
Big Trouble in Little China1986writer: "Big Trouble in Little China"
Huang jia shi jie1985writer: "Halloween" excerpts from the soundtrack - uncredited
Halloween1978writer: "Halloween Theme Main Title"
Assault on Precinct 131976performer: "Assault On Precinct 13 Main Title" / writer: "Assault On Precinct 13 Main Title"
Dark Star1974music: "Benson Arizona"


Halloween2018/Icharacters announced
HALLOWEEN: The Rebirth of Michael Myers2015Short character
Halloween: Harvest of Souls 19852013story
The Escape Agenda2012Short characters
Halloween Awakening: The Legacy of Michael Myers2012character
Halloween: Resurgence2012based upon characters created by
Halloween Existence2012Short based on the film "Halloween" by
Myers2012Short characters
Halloween2011Short characters
F.E.A.R. 32011Video Game storyline consultant
October 31st2010Short original screenplay
Halloween Autumn Blood2010Short characters
Halloween Black Eyes2010Short characters
Halloween Fall Stalking2009Short characters
Halloween20071978 screenplay
The Fog20051980 screenplay
Assault on Precinct 132005earlier film
Michael Vs. Jason2004Short characters
Jason Vs. Leatherface2003Short characters
Halloween: Resurrection - WebCam Special2002Video short characters
Halloween: Resurrection2002characters
Ghosts of Mars2001written by
Silent Predators1999TV Movie teleplay
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later1998characters
Escape from L.A.1996characters / written by
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers1995characters
Blood River1991TV Movie written by
El Diablo1990TV Movie written by
Halloween 51989characters
They Live1988screenplay - as Frank Armitage
Prince of Darkness1987written by - as Martin Quatermass
Black Moon Rising1986screenplay / story
Halloween III: Season of the Witch1982uncredited
Halloween II1981written by
Escape from New York1981written by
The Fog1980written by
Better Late Than Never1979TV Movie
Someone's Watching Me!1978TV Movie written by
Zuma Beach1978TV Movie teleplay
Eyes of Laura Mars1978screenplay / story
Assault on Precinct 131976written by
Dark Star1974original story and screenplay
The Resurrection of Broncho Billy1970Short story
Captain Voyeur1969Short


John Carpenter: Escape from New York2016Video short
John Carpenter: Distant Dream2016Video short
The Ward2010
Masters of Horror2005-2006TV Series 2 episodes
Ghosts of Mars2001
Escape from L.A.1996
Village of the Damned1995
In the Mouth of Madness1994
Body Bags1993TV Movie segments "Gas Station, The", "Hair"
Memoirs of an Invisible Man1992
They Live1988
Prince of Darkness1987
Big Trouble in Little China1986
The Thing1982
Escape from New York1981
The Fog1980
Elvis1979/ITV Movie
Someone's Watching Me!1978TV Movie
Assault on Precinct 131976
Dark Star1974
Gorgon, the Space Monster1969Short
Gorgo Versus Godzilla1969Short
Sorceror from Outer Space1969Short
Warrior and the Demon1969Short as Johnny Carpenter
Captain Voyeur1969Short
Terror from Space1963Short
Revenge of the Colossal Beasts1962Short

Music Department

John Carpenter: Distant Dream2016Video short musician: synthesizer
Zoo2015TV Series writer - 9 episodes
Bishop Under Siege with Austin Stoker2013Video short composer: stock music
The Sassy One with Nancy Loomis2013Video short composer: stock music
Alice at the Apocalypse: An Interview with Alice Cooper2013Video documentary short composer: stock music
Hell on Earth with Alan Howarth2013Video short composer: stock music
Sympathy for the Devil: An Interview with John Carpenter2013Video documentary short composer: stock music
The Messenger with Robert Grasmere2013Video short composer: stock music
My Time with Terror with Jamie Lee Curtis2013Video short composer: stock music
Halloween II2009composer: theme music
Halloween2007composer: theme music
Halloween: Resurrection2002composer: theme "Halloween"
Ghosts of Mars2001musician / orchestrator
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later1998composer: theme music
Vampires1998musician: rhythm guitar and synthesizers
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers1995composer: theme "Halloween"
Ling mo da jue dou1990composer: stock music - uncredited
Halloween 51989composer: theme "Halloween"
Meng guo jie1988stock music - international version
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers1988composer: theme "Halloween"
The Thing1982composer: additional music - uncredited


John Carpenter: Utopian Facade2016Video short
John Carpenter: Escape from New York2016Video short
John Carpenter: Distant Dream2016Video short
The Puppet Man2016Short music by
HALLOWEEN: The Rebirth of Michael Myers2015Short
John Carpenter: Night2015Video short
The Noise2013/IShort
The Escape Agenda2012Short
Stand Alone: The Making of Halloween III2012Video
The Nightmare Isn't Over: The Making of Halloween II2012music by
Ghosts of Mars2001
Escape from L.A.1996
Village of the Damned1995
In the Mouth of Madness1994
Body Bags1993TV Movie
They Live1988
Prince of Darkness1987
Big Trouble in Little China1986
Halloween III: Season of the Witch1982
Halloween II1981
Escape from New York1981
The Fog1980
Assault on Precinct 131976
Dark Star1974
The Resurrection of Broncho Billy1970Short


John Carpenter: Utopian Facade2016Video shortVirtual Reality User / Himself
The Puppet Man2016ShortThe Taxi Driver
GUNSHIP: Tech Noir2015Video shortThe Narrator (voice)
John Carpenter: Night2015Video shortVirtual Reality User / Himself
The Thing2002Video GameDr. Faraday (uncredited)
Village of the Damned1995Man at Gas Station Phone (as Rip Haight)
The Silence of the Hams1994Trenchcoat Man / Gimp
Body Bags1993TV MovieThe Coroner (segment "The Morgue")
Memoirs of an Invisible Man1992Helicopter Pilot (as Rip Haight)
They Live1988Voice that says 'sleep' (voice, uncredited)
The Boy Who Could Fly1986The Coupe de Villes
Big Trouble in Little China1986Worker in Chinatown (uncredited)
Starman1984Man in Helicopter (uncredited)
The Thing1982Norwegian (video footage) (uncredited)
Escape from New York1981Secret Service #2 / Helicopter Pilot / Violin Player (voice, uncredited)
The Fog1980Bennett (uncredited)
Halloween1978Paul, Annie's Boyfriend (voice, uncredited)
Assault on Precinct 131976Gang Member (uncredited)
Dark Star1974Talby voice (uncredited)


Dark Star1974producer
Halloween2018/Iexecutive producer announced
John Carpenter: Escape from New York2016Video short executive producer
John Carpenter: Distant Dream2016Video short executive producer
John Carpenter: Night2015Video short executive producer
The Fog2005producer
Vampires: Los Muertos2002executive producer
Body Bags1993TV Movie executive producer
Black Moon Rising1986executive producer
The Philadelphia Experiment1984executive producer
Halloween III: Season of the Witch1982producer
Halloween II1981producer
Halloween1978producer - uncredited


Assault on Precinct 131976as John T. Chance
Last Foxtrot in Burbank1973
The Resurrection of Broncho Billy1970Short

Assistant Director

Halloween II1981director: additional scenes - uncredited

Camera Department

'Halloween': A Cut Above the Rest2003TV Movie documentary still photographer


Tales from the Mist: Inside 'The Fog'2002Video documentary short archival material


Legend of Dark Rider2018dedicatee filming
The Unreinable Compulsion2013dedicatee completed
Dark Creekspecial thanks announced
The Blockbuster Buster2016TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode
Intruder2016/IShort special thanks
Love2015/IIthe director thanks
Lazarus: Apocalypse2014original inspiration
The Last Halloween2014/IShort special thanks
Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk2014special thanks
That Guy Dick Miller2014Documentary special thanks
Hotel Inferno2013special thanks
Evil Easter III: The Final Easter2013Short dedicatee
Hellview2013TV Series very special thanks - 1 episode
Sympathy for the Devil: An Interview with John Carpenter2013Video documentary short special thanks
The Body2013/IShort special thanks
From the Darkness Theatre2013Short special thanks
The Last Job2013/IIIShort thanks
Skatha2012Short the producers wish to thank
Supernatural Activity2012the producers would like to thank
ParaNorman2012with thanks to
Acid Head: The Buzzard Nuts County Slaughter2011special thanks
The Pain of Creation2011Short special thanks for inspiration
Myers (Rise of the Boogeyman)2011Short special thanks
Emerging Past2011Video acknowledgment
The Infected2010Video short grateful thanks
Tartarus2010special thanks
Escape from New Jersey2010special thanks
Blood Moon Rising2009special thanks
The Joneses2009the producers wish to thank
Face Eater2008dedicatee
Creature Story2008Short special thanks
Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows2007TV Movie documentary special thanks
Planet Terror2007special thanks
Wingrave2007Video this film is dedicated to
Black Santa's Revenge2007Short special thanks
Grindhouse2007thanks - segment "Planet Terror"
Delivery2006Video acknowledgment
Feeling the Effects of 'The Fog'2006Video documentary short special thanks
Seeing Through 'The Fog'2006Video documentary short special thanks
Whiteout Conditions: The Remaking of a Horror Classic2006Video documentary short special thanks
Fear of Clowns2004Video thanks
The Nightmare Ends on Halloween2004Short special thanks
Return to 'Escape from New York'2003Video documentary short special thanks
Scoring Resident Evil2002Video short special thanks
The Thing2002Video Game special thanks
Torre2000Short thanks
The Quiet Room1996special thanks
Waxwork1988dedicated to - as Carpenter
Tag: The Assassination Game1982thanks


Henchman: The Al Leong Story2017Documentary post-productionHimself
Requiem for a Shapeshifter2016Video documentary shortHimself
John Carpenter: Escape from New York2016Video shortHimself - Synthesizer
It Takes a Village: The Making of Village of the Damned2016Video documentaryHimself
John Carpenter: Distant Dream2016Video shortHimself - Synthesizer
Jean-Michel Jarre: A Journey Into Sound2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
Carpenter on Quatermass2014Video documentary shortHimself
Why Horror?2014DocumentaryHimself
The Director's Chair2014TV SeriesHimself
The Real History of Science Fiction2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Top 40 Ultimate Action Movies2014TV Movie documentaryHimself - Director
Dread Central Live2014TV SeriesHimself
Unzipping Body Bags2013Video shortHimself
He Lives: Interview with John Carpenter2013ShortHimself
Sympathy for the Devil: An Interview with John Carpenter2013Video documentary shortHimself
They Live: Independent Thoughts with John Carpenter2012Video shortHimself
They Live: Watch, Look, Listen - The Sights & Sounds of They Live2012Video shortHimself
The Future of Fear2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge2011ShortHimself - Host
John Carpenter Presents Funny or Die's Halloween2011ShortHimself
Horror Masters: Cat Thrower2011ShortHimself
The Original Monster Mash2011ShortHimself
Nightmare Factory2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Scary Girl2011ShortHimself - Host
That Is All2011ShortHimself
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Spoof2011ShortHimself
What Have You Done to Me?2011ShortHimself
Post Mortem with Mick Garris2011TV SeriesHimself
Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star2010Video documentaryHimself (voice)
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Halloween: The Inside Story2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
More Tales from the Script2010Video documentaryHimself
Fasten Your Seatbelt: The Thrilling Art of Alfred Hitchcock2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style2009Video documentaryHimself
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film2009DocumentaryHimself
Monsterland2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tales from the Script2009DocumentaryHimself
Bernard Herrmann: Hitchcock's Maestro2008Video shortHimself
In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy2008Video documentaryHimself
Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master2008Video documentaryHimself
Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero2008DocumentaryHimself
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown2008DocumentaryHimself
Science of Horror2008DocumentaryHimself
The Secret World of Superfans2008DocumentaryHimself
Halloween: Faces of Fear2007Documentary shortHimself
Bloodsucking Cinema2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
John Woo: A Life in Pictures2007Video shortHimself
The Fearmakers Collection2007Video documentaryHimself
Final Delivery: The Making of 'Pro Life'2007Video documentary shortHimself
Big John2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet2006Video documentary shortHimself
Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon2006Video documentary shortHimself
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film2006DocumentaryHimself
Celluloid Apocalypse: An Interview with John Carpenter2006Video documentary shortHimself
Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story2006Video documentaryHimself
Film '722006TV SeriesHimself
Feeling the Effects of 'The Fog'2006Video documentary shortHimself - Producer
Seeing Through 'The Fog'2006Video documentary shortHimself - Producer
Whiteout Conditions: The Remaking of a Horror Classic2006Video documentary shortHimself - Producer
Hollywood's Greatest Villains2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Perfect Scary Movie2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
THS Investigates: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Animal Icons2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Snake Plissken: Man of Honor2005Video documentary shortHimself
05 Spaceys2005TV SpecialHimself
Cinemaker2004Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures2004TV MovieHimself
Christine: Fast and Furious2004Video documentary shortHimself
Christine: Finish Line2004Video documentary shortHimself
Christine: Ignition2004Video documentary shortHimself
John Carpenter: Fear Is Just the Beginning... The Man and His Movies2004Video documentaryHimself
Super Secret Movie Rules2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Director
Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Return to 'Escape from New York'2003Video documentary shortHimself
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
An Opera of Violence2003Video documentary shortHimself
Something to Do with Death2003Video documentary shortHimself
The Wages of Sin2003Video documentary shortHimself
Durch die Nacht mit...2003TV Series documentaryHimself
'Halloween': A Cut Above the Rest2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
SexTV2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer?2003DocumentaryHimself (voice)
Tales from the Mist: Inside 'The Fog'2002Video documentary shortHimself
Masters of Horror2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Icons2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Red Desert Nights: Making 'Ghosts of Mars'2001Video documentary shortHimself
Scoring Ghosts of Mars2001Video documentary shortHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHimself
+ de cinéma2001TV Series documentary shortHimself
Hidden Values: The Movies of the Fifties2001TV Movie documentaryHimself - interviewee
The Daily Show2001TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2001TV Series documentary shortHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies2001TV Special documentaryHimself
'Ghosts of Mars': Special Effects Deconstruction2001Video documentary shortHimself
Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Scream and Scream Again: A History of the Slasher Film2000TV Special documentaryHimself
The American Nightmare2000DocumentaryHimself
Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven'2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Faces of Evil2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1999TV SeriesHimself
'Halloween' Unmasked 20001999Video documentaryHimself
Unmasking the Horror1998VideoHimself
Le cercle du cinéma1998TV SeriesHimself
The Thing: Terror Takes Shape1998Video documentaryHimself
A-Z of Horror1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Reality Trip1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
100 Years of Horror: Witchcraft and Demons1996Video documentaryHimself
Charlie Rose1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
100 Years of Horror1996TV Series documentaryHimself - Writer & Director / Himself - Director / Himself - Director, 'The Thing' / ...
Movie Magic1996TV Series documentaryHimself
After Sunset: The Life & Times of the Drive-In Theater1995Video documentaryHimself
Carrie on Hollywood1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Masters of Illusion: The Wizards of Special Effects1994TV Special documentaryHimself
Fear in the Dark1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Signals1990TV Series documentaryHimself
First Works1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Media Show1988-1989TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making of 'They Live'1988TV ShortHimself
Cinema 31986TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1982TV SeriesHimself
Take One: Fear on Film1982TV MovieHimself
The Making of 'The Thing'1982TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Making of a Chilling Tale1982TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Fear on Film: Inside 'The Fog'1980TV Movie documentaryHimself
Texas Frightmare Weekend 2010TV Movie documentary

Archive Footage

Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2007-2011TV Series documentaryPaul, Annie's Boyfriend
Halloween: 25 Years of Terror2006Video documentaryHimself
Scoring Resident Evil2002Video shortHimself

Won Awards

2011Festival PrizeLouisville Fright Night Film FestLifetime Achievement Award
2008Lifetime Achievement AwardBram Stoker Awards
2008Time-Machine Honorary AwardSitges - Catalonian International Film Festival
2006Carnet Jove - Special MentionSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalMasters of Horror (2005)
1999Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicVampires (1998)
1996George Pal Memorial AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1995Critics' AwardFantasportoIn the Mouth of Madness (1994)
1991ACECableACE AwardsWriting a Movie or MiniseriesEl Diablo (1990)
1988Critics AwardAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalPrince of Darkness (1987)
1980Critics AwardAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalThe Fog (1980)
1979Critics AwardAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalHalloween (1978)
1979New Generation AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsHalloween (1978)
1976Golden ScrollAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Special EffectsDark Star (1974)

Nominated Awards

2006Best FilmSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalMasters of Horror (2005)
2001Best FilmSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalGhosts of Mars (2001)
1999Bram Stoker AwardBram Stoker AwardsOther MediaVampires (1998)
1995International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmIn the Mouth of Madness (1994)
1995Best FilmSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalVillage of the Damned (1995)
1994International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmBody Bags (1993)
1993International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmMemoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
1990Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicThey Live (1988)
1989International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmThey Live (1988)
1988Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicPrince of Darkness (1987)
1987Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicBig Trouble in Little China (1986)
1984Grand PrizeAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalChristine (1983)
1982Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorEscape from New York (1981)
1979EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Television Feature or MiniseriesSomeone's Watching Me! (1978)
1978Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest FeatureHalloween (1978)
1978Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest FeatureAssault on Precinct 13 (1976)
1976HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationDark Star (1974)
1976Nebula AwardScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaBest Dramatic WritingDark Star (1974)

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