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John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC film school in Los Angeles. He began... See full bio »

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 2018 Homecoming (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Helping (2018) ... (writer: "Romero And The President")
 2018 Good Morning Britain (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 18 October 2018 (2018) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme Main Title")
 2018 Louder with Crowder (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Kavanaugh Hearings: Raping a Man's Reputation! (2018) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited)
 2017 Stranger Things (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister (2017) ... (writer: "The Bank Robbery")
 2017 John Carpenter: Christine (Video short) (performer: "Christine") / (writer: "Christine")
  The X Factor (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2016) (writer - 1 episode, 2016)
- Live Show 4: Fright Night Week (2016) ... (performer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited) / (writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited)
 2016 The Stalker (Short) (writer: "Main theme" from Halloween (1978))
 2016 John Carpenter: Utopian Facade (Video short) (performer: "Utopian Facade") / (writer: "Utopian Facade")
 2016 John Carpenter: Distant Dream (Video short) (performer: "Distant Dream") / (writer: "Distant Dream")
 2016 Limitless (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Sands, Agent of Morra (2016) ... (performer: "Abyss", "Night" - uncredited)
 2013-2015 Die Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Halloween of Horror (2015) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited)
- A Test Before Trying (2013) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 2015 HALLOWEEN: The Rebirth of Michael Myers (Short) (performer: "The Shape") / (writer: "The Shape")
 2015 Jason Voorhees vs. Michael Myers (Short) (writer: "Michael Myers Theme Song")
 2015/II Love (performer: "Night") / (writer: "Main Title", "Night")
 2015 John Carpenter: Night (Video short) (writer: "Night")
 2014 Halloween on Dartmoor (Video short) (writer: "Halloween Theme", "Happy Halloween - Silver shamrock")
 2014 Punk 'n' Spice (Short) (performer: "Halloween" theme song) / (writer: "Halloween" theme song)
 2014/I The Babysitter (Short) (performer: "The Shape") / (writer: "The Shape")
 2013 Daily Ukulele (TV Series short) (writer - 1 episode)
- Halloween Theme Song (2013) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme Song")
 2013 The Comix Scrutinizer (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Witch Doctor #0 (2013) ... ("Halloween III Theme", "Silver Shamrock Jingle")
  Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: Season Zero (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 2010 - 2013) (performer - 2 episodes, 2012 - 2013)
- Episode #1.3 (2013) ... (performer: "Halloween Theme") / (writer: "Halloween Theme")
- #2 (2012) ... (performer: "Halloween Theme") / (writer: "Halloween Theme")
- Pilot (2010) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 2012 Monkey Pudding Face (TV Series short) (writer - 1 episode)
- John Carpenter's "Halloween" & "The Fog" (2012) ... (writer: "Halloween", "The Fog")
 2012 ParaNorman (writer: "Halloween Theme" - as John H. Carpenter)
 2011 Solyanka po-Piterski (Short) (writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited)
 2010 Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star (Video documentary) (music: "Benson Arizona")
 2010 Red Nose, Black Heart (Short) (writer: "The Fog" (excerpt from the soundtrack), "Big Trouble in Little China" (excerpt from the soundtrack) - uncredited)
 2009 Monsters vs. Aliens - Mutanten-Kürbisse aus dem Weltall (TV Short) (writer: "Theme from 'Halloween'")
 2009 Halloween II (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 2007 The Angry Video Game Nerd (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Halloween (2007) ... (writer: "Selections")
 2007 Halloween (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 2007 Planet Terror (performer: "Back To The Pod / The Crazies Come Out") / (writer: "Back To The Pod / The Crazies Come Out")
 2007 Grindhouse (performer: "Back to the Pod/The Crazies Come Out") / (writer: "Back to the Pod/The Crazies Come Out")
 2006 Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (Video documentary) ("Halloween Theme")
  My Name Is Earl (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2006) (writer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Boogeyman (2006) ... (performer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited) / (writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited)
  Undercover (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- Die Geisterjäger (2005) ... (performer: "Theme From Halloween", "Theme From The Fog") / (writer: "Theme From Halloween", "Theme From The Fog")
 2004 Super Secret Movie Rules (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Slashers (2004) ... (writer: "'Halloween' Theme")
 2004 The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 3 episodes)
- The Shadows in the Cave (2004) ... (writer: "Prince of Darkness (Main Theme)" - uncredited)
- The Phantom Victory (2004) ... (writer: "Prince of Darkness (Main Theme)", "Laurie's Theme" - uncredited)
- Baby It's Cold Outside (2004) ... (writer: "Prince of Darkness Theme" - uncredited)
 2003 Das Leben des David Gale (writer: "Halloween Theme" (1978))
 2002 Haider lebt - 1. April 2021 (performer: "Halloween Theme") / (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 2001 Chick'n Swell (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (2001) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme Main Title" (Uncredited))
 2001 Halloween 4: Final Cut (Video documentary short) (performer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited) / (writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited)
 1998 Dernier moment (Short) ("Prince Of Darkness")
 1998 Halloween H20 - 20 Jahre später (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 1996 Flucht aus L.A. ("Escape From New York - Main Title")
 1994 Bassie & Adriaan (TV Series) (writer - 13 episodes)
- Een Grensgeval (De Reis vol Verrassingen) (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
- Een Verdacht Vliegtuigje (De Reis vol Verrassingen) (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
- Een Knalgoeie Wild West Show (De Reis vol Verrassingen) (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
- Het Kinderparadijs (De Reis vol Verrassingen) (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
- Een Grote Verrassing (De Reis vol Verrassingen) (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
 1994 SMW: Blood, Brawls and Grudges (Video) (writer: "Halloween Theme Main Title")
 1993 Heads or Tails? (Video) (performer: "Michael Kills Judith" - uncredited)
 1989 Halloween 5 - Die Rache des Michael Myers (writer: "A Stranger In The House" - uncredited)
 1988 John Carpenter's Sie leben (performer: "Coming to L.A.", "A Message", "The Siege of Justiceville", "Return to Church", "All Out of Bubble Gum", "Back to the Street", "Kidnapped", "Transient Hotel", "Underground", "Wake Up" - uncredited) / (writer: "Coming to L.A.", "A Message", "The Siege of Justiceville", "Return to Church", "All Out of Bubble Gum", "Back to the Street", "Kidnapped", "Transient Hotel", "Underground", "Wake Up" - uncredited)
 1988 Halloween 4 - Michael Myers kehrt zurück (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 1987 Die Fürsten der Dunkelheit (performer: "Opening Titles", "Team Assembly", "Darkness Begins", "A Message from the Future", "Hell Breaks Loose", "Mirror Image", "The Devil Awakens", "Through the Mirror") / (writer: "Opening Titles", "Team Assembly", "Darkness Begins", "A Message from the Future", "Hell Breaks Loose", "Mirror Image", "The Devil Awakens", "Through the Mirror")
 1986 Big Trouble in Little China (writer: "Big Trouble in Little China")
 1985 Huang jia shi jie (writer: "Halloween" (excerpts from the soundtrack) - uncredited)
 1982 Halloween 3 - Die Nacht der Entscheidung (performer: "Main Title", "Chariots of Pumpkins", "Drive to Santa Mira", "Starker and Marge", "First Chase", "Robots at the Factory", "Halloween Montage", "Hello Grandma", "The Rock", "Challis Escapes", "South Corridor", "Goodbye Ellie" - uncredited) / (writer: "Main Title", "Chariots of Pumpkins", "Drive to Santa Mira", "Starker and Marge", "First Chase", "Robots at the Factory", "Halloween Montage", "Hello Grandma", "The Rock", "Challis Escapes", "South Corridor", "Goodbye Ellie" - uncredited)
 1981 Halloween 2 - Das Grauen kehrt zurück (performer: "Halloween Theme", "Laurie's Theme", "He Knows Where She Is!", "Laurie and Jimmy", "Still He Kills (Murder Montage)", "The Shape Enters Laurie's Room", "Mrs. Alves", "Flats in the Parking Lot", "Michael's Sister", "The Shape Stalks Again", "In the Operating Room" - uncredited) / (writer: "Halloween Theme", "Laurie's Theme", "He Knows Where She Is!", "Laurie and Jimmy", "Still He Kills (Murder Montage)", "The Shape Enters Laurie's Room", "Mrs. Alves", "Flats in the Parking Lot", "Michael's Sister", "The Shape Stalks Again", "In the Operating Room" - uncredited)
 1981 Die Klapperschlange (performer: "Main Title", "Up the Wall/Air Force One", "Orientation", "Engulfed Cathedral", "The Crazies Come Out", "Arrival at the Library", "Everybody's Coming to New York", "The Duke Arrives/The Barricade", "Romero and the President", "The President at the Train", "The President Is Gone", "Chase Across the 69th Street Bridge", "Over the Wall") / (producer: "Main Title", "Up the Wall/Air Force One", "Orientation", "Engulfed Cathedral", "The Crazies Come Out", "Arrival at the Library", "Everybody's Coming to New York", "The Duke Arrives/The Barricade", "Romero and the President", "The President at the Train", "The President Is Gone", "Chase Across the 69th Street Bridge", "Over the Wall") / (writer: "Main Title", "Up the Wall/Air Force One", "Orientation", "The Crazies Come Out", "Arrival at the Library", "The Duke Arrives/The Barricade", "Romero and the President", "The President at the Train", "The President Is Gone", "Chase Across the 69th Street Bridge", "Over the Wall")
 1980 The Fog - Nebel des Grauens (performer: "Main Title Theme", "Matthew's Ghost Story", "Walk to the Lighthouse", "Rocks at Drake's Bay", "The Fog", "Antonio Bay", "Tommy Tells of Ghost Ships", "Reel 9", "Main Title - Reprise", "The Fog Rolls In", "Blake in the Sanctuary", "Finale" - uncredited) / (writer: "Main Title Theme", "Matthew's Ghost Story", "Walk to the Lighthouse", "Rocks at Drake's Bay", "The Fog", "Antonio Bay", "Tommy Tells of Ghost Ships", "Reel 9", "Main Title - Reprise", "The Fog Rolls In", "Blake in the Sanctuary", "Finale" - uncredited)
 1978 Halloween - Die Nacht des Grauens (writer: "Halloween Theme Main Title", "Laurie's Theme", "The Shape Escapes", "The Myers House", "Michael Kills Judith", "Loomis and Shape's Car", "The Haunted House", "The Shape Lurks", "Laurie Knows", "Better Check the Kids", "The Shape Stalks")
 1976 Assault - Anschlag bei Nacht (performer: "Assault On Precinct 13 (Main Title)") / (writer: "Assault On Precinct 13 (Main Title)")
 1974 Dark Star - Finsterer Stern (music: "Benson Arizona")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Sacred Bones Records releases "Lost Themes", his first album of original compositions not connected to a soundtrack.

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 45 Interviews | 6 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Frank Armitage | Johnny Carpenter | Carpenter | James T. Chance | John T. Chance | Rip Haight | Martin Quatermass

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

Critics have always shit upon my stuff - always, even the early stuff. And, frankly, I just didn't care. I just did the movies I wanted to make. See more »

Trivia:

Claims 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) ... See more »

Trademark:

[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... See more »

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JC

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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