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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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 2018-2020 Homecoming (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- People (2020) ... (writer: "The Fog Enters Town" - uncredited)
- Helping (2018) ... (writer: "Romero And The President")
 2019 Happy! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Resurrection (2019) ... (writer: "Myer's House")
 2019 Bacurau (performer: "Night") / (writer: "Night")
 2019 Michael vs Jason: Evil Emerges (Short) ("Music from tt1502407")
 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)
 2018/I Halloween (performer: "Sweet Moon") / (writer: "Sweet Moon", "Close to Me")
 2018 Entre Oscuros Sueños (performer: "Return to Church", "A Message", "Transient Hotel", "Julie") / (writer: "Return to Church", "A Message", "Transient Hotel", "Julie")
 2018 Roja Oscuridad (performer: "Assault on Precinct 13 (main theme)") / (writer: "Assault on Precinct 13 (main theme)")
 2017 Stranger Things (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister (2017) ... (writer: "The Bank Robbery")
 2017 The Terror of Hallow's Eve (music: "Real Xeno", "Vortex")
  The X Factor UK (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 Limitless (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Sands, Agent of Morra (2016) ... (performer: "Abyss", "Night" - uncredited)
 2013-2015 The 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")
 2015 Bitter Lake (Documentary) (performer: "Mirror Image", "The Fog" - uncredited) / (writer: "Mirror Image", "The Fog" - uncredited)
 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")
 2011 Solyanka po-Piterski (Short) (writer: "Halloween Theme" - uncredited)
 2011 Extraños Despertares (Short) (performer: "The Bank Robbery") / (writer: "The Bank Robbery")
  Femme Fatales (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2011) (writer - 1 episode, 2011)
- Haunted (2011) ... (performer: "Halloween Theme - Main Title") / (writer: "Halloween Theme - Main Title")
 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: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (TV Movie) (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 The Life of David Gale (writer: "Halloween Theme" (1978))
 2002 Haider lebt - 1. April 2021 (performer: "Halloween Theme") / (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 2001 Autopsie: Mysteriöse Todesfälle (TV Series documentary) (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)
 1999 Silminnäkijä (TV Series) (1 episode)
- XX2: Kansallispelin harhaheitto (1999) ... ("Halloween Main Theme")
 1998 Dernier moment (Short) ("Prince Of Darkness")
 1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 1996 Escape from 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: The Revenge of Michael Myers (writer: "A Stranger In The House" - uncredited)
 1988 Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 1986 Big Trouble in Little China (writer: "Big Trouble in Little China")
 1986 Lucky Seven (writer: "Halloween Theme" (1981's Halloween II), "The Shape Stalks Again")
 1985 Yes, Madam! (writer: "Halloween" (excerpts from the soundtrack) - uncredited)
 1981 Halloween II (performer: "Original 'Halloween' Themes and Compositions" - uncredited) / (writer: "Original 'Halloween' Themes and Compositions" - uncredited)
 1976 Assault on Precinct 13 (performer: "Assault On Precinct 13 (Main Title)") / (writer: "Assault On Precinct 13 (Main Title)")
 1974 Dark Star (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.

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2 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 45 Interviews | 7 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

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


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When 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 ... See more »


Fans of John Carpenter's work include the directors Bertrand Bonello, Tom Tykwer, Bong Joon Ho, Jeff Nichols, Olivier Assayas, Alice Winocour, Gaspar Noé, Jeremy Saulnier and Jordan Peele, 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 ... See more »


[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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