John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, editor, composer, and occasional actor. Although Carpenter has worked in numerous film genres, his name is most commonly associated with horror and science fiction.
Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, the son of Milton Jean (née Carter) and Howard Ralph Carpenter, a music professor. He and his family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1953. He was captivated by movies from an early age, particularly the westerns of Howard Hawks and John Ford, as well as 1950s low budget horror and science fiction films, such as Forbidden Planet and The Thing from Another World and began filming horror shorts on 8 mm film even before entering high school. He briefly attended Western Kentucky University where his father chaired the music department, but transferred to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in 1968 and graduated in 1971.
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Truly one of America's great filmmakers--his filmography is akin to Hitchcock's in the specificity of its visual and musical signatures. His work is a balancing act between classical Hollywood and subversive innovation. Among his many recurring themes is an unsettling analysis of the distinction between "us" and "them"; he blurs the separation with narrative cynicism and unusual placement of the gaze. Carpenter is a multi-talented craftsman, a master of anamorphic framing and the ultimate genre auteur.
one of the greats to define the seventies and eighties sound of cinema... composing some of the most memorable soundtracks of the era!
No doubt that Carpenter is a great director.BUT...... I haven't seen all his movies,some of them on Sky by coincidence...The last one I happened to come across ( I can't & I don't want to) I can't remember which one. it arrived to that scene with a nasty looking angel captured in a cage. Suddenly I sensed a terrible atmosphere & I was never ever scared that much in my life...There was Dark Art on that scene,an purposeful act of meanness 10 times more than Lynch would do. I actually felt physically dizzy & sick...From that moment I promised not to watch any movie by Carpenter. Cinema-Visual Arts is very direct & effective way of driving masses of people. That is why it is crucial to follow ethics & train talents for very professional attitudes & directions. Visual Media is a Giant & extremely powerful.Freedom of expression is necessary but within certain type of control & balance.
I am pretty sure now that it was "Big Trouble In Little China".... Within Certain Type of control & balance,I said. When we find out about that "Certain Type...." I am sure everything is going to be much more improved on this earth.Creating "The Good & The Beautiful " is the most difficult task.