John Carpenter Biography
John Carpenter (John Howard Carpenter) is an American filmmaker and screenwriter well known for having worked with various movie genres, he is also commonly known for his horror, action, and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s.
John Carpenter Age
Carpenter was born on 16th of January 1948 in Carthage, New York, he is 71 years old as of 2019.
John Carpenter Family| Young
He was born the son of Milton Jean mother) and Howard Ralph Carpenter (father), a music professor. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky during in 1953. At his younger age he got interested in films and in particular the westerns of Howard Hawks and John Ford, and the as 1950s low-budget horror films.
John Carpenter Wife
He married Sandy King in 1990 and the pair are still happily married. Before he was married to Adrienne Barbeau but they later divorced. The pair had married in the year 1979 and they later separated in the year 1984.
John Carpenter Children
With his wife Sandy King, the pair has one son (Cody Carpenter). There is no much information about him having children from his previous relationship and marriage.
John Carpenter Education
He was enrolled at the Western Kentucky University, where his father was the chair of the music department, He was later transferred to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts during 1968, but quit to make his first feature film.
John Carpenter Career
John began his career partnering with Dan O’Bannon, He began his first full-length movie while working at USC. Dark Star, a sci-fi comedy, He began his short film about astronauts on a mission to blow up unstable planets, but the pair later expanded it to feature length. Carpenter handled many responsibilities on the film, serving as its director, producer, writer, and composer. Made a shoestring budget, Dark Star was released in 1974 and eventually became a cult classic.
He Paid tribute to the westerns of Howard Hawks, especially his masterpiece Rio Bravo, He later worked t worked on Assault on Precinct 13 of 1976. With the low-budget film is an urban retelling of a traditional western standoff, with a Los Angeles police station coming under siege by gang members. He was then awarded for this gritty thriller with the London Times calling him “a first-rate story-teller.”John Carpente Photo
He as well gained fame with Halloween of 197 He has served as the director, co-writer, and also as the composer on what became one of the highest-earning independent films of all time. For just $300,000 to make, Halloween terrified movie audiences with the story of Michael Myers, a killer who had escaped from a mental institution going back to his hometown to wreak havoc.
He drew comparisons to famed director Alfred Hitchcock for him being able to make his audience on a visual thrill ride. He as well got to be criticized for his advanced technical skills. Halloween paved the way for a wave of other slasher movies, such as Friday the 13th. The movie later became a film franchise, but without Carpenter onboard. Later in 1981, he penned the screenplay for Halloween II.
He later began working on studio films and with larger budgets. he as well got back to horror and suspense, He authored and directed The Fog of 1980. Based on residents of a small coastal town had to battle against the zombielike beings, the former inhabitants of an old leper colony. His as well an actress Adrienne Barbeau co-starred with Jamie Lee Curtis in the film. He later got to a gritty, futuristic action drama, Where he worked on Escape from New York of 1981 starring Kurt Russell. He later teamed up with Russell again in 1996 when he directed Escape from L.A.
He has directed the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s Christine. He later took a break from his usual fare for the science fiction romance Starman of 1984 starring Jeff Bridges. Bridges were featured as an alien who takes over a dead man’s body and becomes involved with the man’s widow (Karen Allen). The film earned them a critical and commercial success with Bridges receiving an Academy Award nomination for his work.
He then got back working on the independent film, He worked with varying degrees of success, but none matching the heights he reached with Halloween. The horror thriller Prince of Darkness of 1987 and sci-fi action flick They Live of 1988 failed to attract much of an audience. He later tried comedy, directing 1992’s Memoirs of an Invisible Man with Chevy Chase, which also proved to be a disappointment. After the 2001 sci-fi thriller Ghosts of Mars, He decided to take a break from directing. He worked on a few television episodes, but he did not return to the big screen until 2010 with The Ward. In the thriller, he starring Amber Heard and Mamie Gummer, young female patients at a mental institution suffer at the hands of an evil ghostly figure.
John Carpenter Net Worth
John has an estimated net worth of $35 million dollars.
John Carpenter Movies
- Dark Star (1974)
- Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
- Halloween (1978)
- Someone’s Watching Me! (1978) (TV film)
- Elvis (1979) (TV film)
- The Fog (1980)
- Escape from New York (1981)
- The Thing (1982)
- Christine (1983)
- Starman (1984)
- Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
- Prince of Darkness (1987)
- They Live (1988)
- Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
- Body Bags (1993) (TV anthology film)
- In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
- Village of the Damned (1995)
- Escape from L.A. (1996)
- Vampires (1998)
- Ghosts of Mars (2001)
John Carpenter Music
- Assault on Precinct 13 (soundtrack)
- Big Trouble in Little China (soundtrack)
- Body Bags (soundtrack)C
- Christine (soundtrack)D
- Dark Star (soundtrack)
- Escape from L.A. (score)
- Escape from New York (soundtrack)
- The Fog (soundtrack)
- GGhosts of Mars (soundtrack)
- HHalloween (soundtrack)
- Halloween II (soundtrack)
- Halloween III: Season of the Witch (soundtrack)
- In the Mouth of Madness (soundtrack)
- Prince of Darkness (soundtrack)
- They Live (soundtrack)V
- Vampires (soundtrack)
- Village of the Damned (soundtrack)
John Carpenter’s The Thing
He directed (The Thing) a science fiction movie based on a remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists who are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot (Kurt Russell) and the camp doctor (Richard Dysart) who leads the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.
John Carpenter Vampires
He directed (Vampires) an adaptation/Drama based on Jack Crow (James Woods) who since his parents were murdered by vampires, has had one purpose in life: He had placed stakes through bloodsuckers’ hearts. With his battle-hardened crew of vampire killers and the assistance of the Catholic Church, Crow roams the New Mexico desert looking for undead lairs to annihilate. But he later meets his match when, at a roadside motel, he comes face to face with Jan Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith), a vampire kingpin possessed of incredible powers.
John Carpenter Halloween
He as well directed (Halloween) a Slasher/Thriller based on a cold Halloween night in 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers who brutally murdered a 17r sister Judith. He was later sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith’s Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.
John Carpenter Tour
John Carpenter to receive the prestigious directing award at Cannes
John while making movies, composing little musical stings for a streaming service, or abandoning movies altogether so he can as well just chill out and play video games, he is, the best. He thanks the Cannes Film Festival, he’ll actually be getting a prestigious award that says as much. That comes from Variety, which says Carpenter will be the recipient of the 2019 Carrosse d’Or Award (that’s Golden Coach for you brutish Americans) at the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight event, with the French Director’s Guild referring to Carpenter as “a creative genius of raw, fantastic, and spectacular emotions.”