January 16, 1948
John Howard Carpenter
We're a violent country.
We embrace our individuality and our violence.
Born in Carthage, New York (USA) and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky, John was educated at Western Kentucky university and then USC film school in Los Angeles. While there, he started Dark Star a short that was later expanded to feature length (released theatrically in 1974).
Influenced by Alfred Hitchcock and Howard Hawks he achieved a stronger impact with his next films, Assault on precinct 13 (1976) and Halloween (1978) which was the most profitable independent movie of its day.
During the eighties Carpenters movies were higher-budgeted, higher-profiled and he directed successes like The Fog (1980), Escape From New York (1981), The Thing (1982).
In the nineties Carpenter decided to go smaller again to gain control. He directed some TV movies and low budget cinema features like In The Mouth Of Madness (1995). His last theatrical release was Ghosts of Mars (2001) which was savaged by many critics.
- The Thing (1982)
- Halloween (1978)
- Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
- Starman (1984)
- Escape from New York (1981)
- Dark Star (1974)
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