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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Considered by most an awful sequel of a great movie, I wouldn't go that far. It lacks creativity, since it steals pretty much the same concept of the original movie, but Carpenter manages to produce some nice spoofs on what our world might be turning into. Not a total disaster. 2 stars out of 5 = Weak.
After recent multiple viewings I think this has become my favourite Carpenter. More than a spoof of Escape from New York, the American Dream and Hollywood, this is possibly the best satire of EVERY single extremist, nonesensical piece of sh*t that has any relation to any human being. Carpenter's personal message to the world: you're f*cked up and you should start over.