Produced on January 16, 1948, in Carthage, Ny, filmmaker John Carpenter acquired an interest in movie and music early on. In the University of Southern California, he had his first success using a short student film. While he loved his biggest hit with 1978’s Halloween, Carpenter continues to thrill and affect crowds with such movies as 2011’s The Ward.
Renowned filmmaker John Carpenter, born on January 16, 1948, in Carthage, Ny, acquired an interest in movie and music as a young lad. Carpenter co-wrote the screenplay and composed the music for the picture.
Working with Dan O’Bannon, Carpenter began his first full length film while at USC. Carpenter managed many duties on the movie, serving as its director, producer, writer, and composer. Made a shoestring budget, Dark Star was launched in 1974 and finally became a cult classic.
Paying to homage to the westerns of Howard Hawks, particularly his masterpiece Rio Bravo, Carpenter next worked on Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). Carpenter earned kudos with this gritty thriller using the London Times calling him “a first rate storyteller.”
With his next attempt , Halloween (1978), Carpenter made his name almost interchangeable with the horror genre. Again wearing many hats, he served as the manager, co-writer, and composer on what became among the highest-bringing in independent movies ever. Donald Pleasence played Myers’s physician in the institution and Jamie Lee Curtis appeared as a teen babysitter looking to prevent Myers’s murderous wrath.
Carpenter drew comparisons to well-known director Alfred Hitchcock for his power to choose the crowd on a visual thrill ride. Critics also complimented him for his advanced practical abilities. This suspenseful and brutal movie paved the method for a tide of other slasher movies, such as Friday the 13th. Halloween itself became a movie franchise, but without Carpenter onboard. He just written the screenplay for Halloween II (1981).
With his first success, Carpenter found himself working on studio pictures and with bigger funds. Again turning to terror and suspense, Carpenter wrote and directed The Fog (1980). His then-wife, actress Adrienne Barbeau, co starred with Jamie Lee Curtis in the picture. Both movies opened to disappointing reviews and assorted box office results.
Taking on among the literary masters of horror and suspense, Carpenter directed the big screen version of Stephen King’s Christine. He took a pause from his regular menu for the science fiction love story Starman (1984) starring Jeff Bridges. Bridges played an extraterrestrial being who takes over a dead man’s body and becomes involved using the guy’s widow (Karen Allen). The movie proved to be a critical and commercial success with Bridges earning an Academy Award nomination because of his work.
Returning to independent film, Carpenter has continued to work with varying levels of succeeding, but none fitting the heights he reached with Halloween. Horror thriller Prince of Darkness (1987) and sci fi action film They Live (1988) failed to bring much of an audience. Carpenter attempted humor, directing 1992’s Memoirs of an Invisible Man with Chevy Chase, which likewise proved to be a disappointment.
Following the 2001 scifi thriller Ghosts of Mars, Carpenter took a pause from directing. He worked on a number of television episodes, however he failed to return to the big screen until 2010 with The Ward. In the thriller starring Amber Heard and Mamie Gummer, youthful female patients in a mental institution endure in the hands of an evil ghostly body.