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John Carpenter
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Date of Birth: Jan 16, 1948

Country: USA

Biography: Not only a director, but also writer, editor and composer for his films, John Carpenter has worked in numerous film genres in his 4 decade carreer, but he is most commonly associated with horror and science fiction. His biggest success is Halloween, the movie that made the serial killer Michael Myers a cult character for horror fans.

Total Titles at Criticker: 59 - You've Seen 59

Your Average Percentiles: 0 (Actor), 0 (Director), 0 (Writer)

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Titles You've Rated: Director (25) | Actor (24) | Writer (23)
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The American Nightmare (2000)
Horror films have often been more than simple scares. At their best, they reflect society's anxiety's and concerns. In this film, major horror film makers such as George Romero and Tobe Hooper discuss the creation of their films in the 1960s and '70s and how they related to contemporary events while interviewed intellectuals give their own opinions. (imdb)
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John Carpenter: Fear Is Just the Beginning... The Man and His Movies (2004)
Filmmaker John Carpenter helped redefine the American horror film in 1978 with Halloween, a low-budget thriller which became a major box office success. Since then, Carpenter has devoted his career to bringing a fresh perspective to genre filmmaking, striving to maintain the freedom of an independent while working within the studio system. (All Movie Guide)
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Boogeymen II: Masters of Horror (2002)
More clips from horror movies, plus interviews with other horror legends. (imdb)
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Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre (2000)
Bava's illustrious career is explored in this 60 minute documentary that features rare film clips (including footage from "Danger Diabolik" and "Planet of the Vampires") and revealing interviews with Hollywood directors Tim Burton, Joe Dante and John Carpenter. (DVD Blurb)
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Fear in the Dark (1991)
A spine chilling study of the history of horror film and man's fascination with the unknown. (tagline)
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Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Make-Up EFX (2008)
This documentary delves into the art of make-up effects with industry legends Dick Smith, Rob Bottin, Tom Savini, John Landis, Frank Darabont, Joe Dante and many others with a strong focus on Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger of KNB Make-Up EFX. (imdb)
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Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)
A documentary on the history of the slasher film. (imdb)
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Masters of Horror (2005)
Anchor Bay has amassed some of the greatest horror film writers and directors to bring to you the anthology series, "Masters of Horror". For the first time the foremost names in the horror film genre have joined forces for the series consisting of 13 one-hour films each season. (imdb)
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Pro-Life (2006)
Pro-Life, directed by John Carpenter, written by Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan, tells the story of a young girl trapped inside a clinic, who discovers the only thing more dangerous than her pursuers is the demonic secret that she carries within her. Ron Perlman, Mark Feuerstein, Emannuelle Vaugiere and Caitlin Wachs star. (imdb)
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Cigarette Burns (2005)
Movie programmer Kirby Sweetman goes on a search for the holy grail of horror cinema, "Le Fin Absolue du Monde," for an eccentric collector who offers a handsome paycheck. The film, which translates to the Absolute End of the World, transforms its viewers into insane, homicidal cannibals with a taste for brutal violence. As Kirby digs up clues and searches for the film's only known print, he ventures into the grisly world of the horrifying and the macabre. (imdb)
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Body Bags (1993)
Three short stories in the horror genre The first about a serial killer The second about a hair transplant going wrong The third about a base ball player (imdb)
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Elvis (1979)
Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley. (imdb)
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The Ward (2010)
A thriller centered on an institutionalized young woman who becomes terrorized by a ghost. (imdb)
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100 Years of Horror: Aliens (1996)
A documentary on the history of aliens in horror films.
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100 Years of Horror: Demons (1996)
The Devil has been appearing in movies since the first version of Faust was filmed in 1900. Part of the 13-episode 100 Years of Horror series directed by Ted Newsom and hosted by horror movie star Christopher Lee, this examines the spell that the subject of the occult casts over movie audiences. (allmovie.com)
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Top 40 Ultimate Action Movies (2014)
Action film star Vinnie Jones presents a countdown of the biggest movie stars, car chases, catchphrases, stunts and baddies ever to blast their way onto the silver screen. From Raiders of the Lost Ark to Rambo 2, Top Gun to Taken and Predator to Point Break, the show takes a look at the big screen's biggest heroes as well as its most evil villains, and invites viewers to relish the million-dollar stunts and epic explosions that make each movie great.
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A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (2010)
Mark Gatiss examines the history of the horror film, from classic Hollywood monsters to Hammer's glory days and beyond. (imdb)
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An Opera of Violence (2003)
Part one in a documentary trilogy about the making of C'era una volta il West. An Opera of Violence begins with a biography of director Sergio Leone. A part about the difficult path Leone had to take to make this film, follows. Part one concludes with the decisions about casting. Who was asked to act in this film, why did Leone choose these actors? (imdb)
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The Real History of Science Fiction (2014)
The series heads to the very frontiers of space and science to produce the definitive television history of science fiction. The story of one of the liveliest and most stimulating genres in popular culture will be told through its impact on cinema, television and literature. Each
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Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer? (2003)
Whatever happened to this promising young actress from Hollywood? A search for "the woman in the car" through the never-ending suburbia of Los Angeles, where the myth of cinema reigns. A sort of thriller without a corpse. (imdb)
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Nightmares in Red, White and Blue (2009)
An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre. (imdb)
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The Master
One hour documentary about main characteristics and elements about Hitchcock's cinema focussing in Warner movies: Strangers on a Train, North by Northwest, Suspicion, I Confess, The Wrong Man, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Dial M for Murder.
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Nightmare Factory (2011)
An inside look at the world of Hollywood special effects and the company paving the way, KNB Effects. (imdb)
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100 Years of Horror: Maniacs (1996)
This is about slasher movie genre: Silence of the lambs, peeping tom, etc... (imdb)
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Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008)
A chronicle of the life, work and mind that created the Cthulhu mythos. (imdb)
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The Thing: Terror Takes Shape (1998)
A revealing and insightful look into the making of this underrated horror film. (imdb)
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100 Years of Horror: Gory Gimmicks (1996)
This entry in the series takes us on a rundown of the various gimmicks people would use to get folks into the theater. (imdb)
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Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star (2010)
Exploring the controversial story behind John Carpenter (Halloween & The Thing) and writer Dan O Bannon's (Alien & Return of the Living Dead) first feature film. (imdb)
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Village of the Damned (1995)
A small town's women give birth to unfriendly alien children posing as humans. (imdb)
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Starman (1984)
An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them. (imdb)
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Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
It's one year since Halloween 4, and Michael survives being shot by the police. He continues his search for his niece... (imdb)
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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang (imdb)
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Escape from New York (1981)
In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant max. security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue. (imdb)
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The Fog (1980)
A Northern California fishing town, built 100 years ago over an old leper colony, is the target for revenge by a killer fog containing zombie-like ghosts seeking revenge for their deaths. (imdb)
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Dark Star (1974)
Low-budget story of four astronauts in deep space, whose mission is to destroy unstable planets in star systems which are to be colonised... (imdb)
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Escape from L.A. (1996)
Snake Plissken is once again called in by the United States government to recover a potential doomsday device from Los Angeles, now an autonomous island where undesirables are deported. (imdb)
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The Fog (2005)
There really is something out there in the dark. In the small town of Antonio Bay, a terrifying and malevolent force hidden within a thick and eerie fog terrorized its residents. Shrouded by the fog lies a ghastly secret of merciless revenge, one that the town's inhabitants would do well to unravel -- before it's too late. (Revolution Studios)
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They Live (1988)
They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. THEY LIVE. A rugged loner (Piper) stumbles upon a terrifying discovery: goulish creatures are masquerading as humans while they lull the public into submission through subliminal advertising messages. Only specially made sunglasses make the deadly truth visible. (TheOfficialJohnCarpenter.com)
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Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998)
It's been twenty years since Laurie Strode escaped her brother's wrath. Now, it's time for one hell of a family reunion. (Trancas International Films)
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Halloween (1978)
Fifteen years ago, Michael Myers brutally murdered his sister. Now, after escaping from a mental hospital, he's back to relive his grisly crime again, and again...and again. (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
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Halloween II (1981)
Picking up precisely where its predecessor left off, Halloween II follows the same ill-fated characters as they encounter the knife-wielding maniac they left for dead in the first Halloween. It seems the inhuman Michael Myers is still very much alive and out for more revenge as he stalks the deserted halls of the hospital where his sister lays waiting. As he gets closer and closer to his terrified target, Dr. Loomis discovers the chilling mystery behind the crazed psychopath's savage actions. (Universal)
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Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
When a group of teens win a contest to spend a night in Michael Myers' childhood home to be broadcast live on the Internet, things go frightfully wrong and the game turns into a struggle to make it out of the house alive. (Dimension Films)
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Ghosts of Mars (2001)
A harrowing tale of rescue and escape from a colonized Mars 175 years into the future. (Columbia Tristar)
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Prince of Darkness (1987)
A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world. (imdb)
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Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)
Suddenly Laura Mars can see through the eyes of a serial killer as he commits his crimes. She contacts the police and with the aid of a police detective, tries to stop the killer. But first, they have to figure out who it is. (imdb)
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The Thing (1982)
Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.
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Vampires (1998)
In the blood-chilling tradition of Halloween and Village of the Damned comes John Carpenter's unique vision of the ultimate killing machines, Vampires. (Sony)
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Christine (1983)
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with a evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it. (imdb)
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Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown. (imdb)
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Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
After a freak accident, an invisible yuppie runs for his life from a treacherous CIA official while trying to cope with his new life. (imdb)
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In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans, is more than inspirational. (imdb)
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The Resurrection of Broncho Billy (1970)
The story of a young man (Johnny Crawford) who dreams of being a cowboy in the old west, but lives in a big city in present time.
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Captain Voyeur (1969)
Early short student film by John Carpenter, recently rediscovered and restored.
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Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Six years ago, Michael Myers terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois. He and his niece, Jamie Lloyd, have disappeared. Jamie was kidnapped by a bunch of evil druids who protect Michael Myers. And now, six years later, Jamie has escaped after giving birth to Michael's child... (imdb)
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Black Moon Rising (1986)
A professional thief is hired by the FBI to steal a data tape from a company under investigation. The analysis of this tape, will prove the criminal activities of this company. As this thief is discovered in his attempt, he hides the tape inside a prototype car, but unfortunately there is someone else interested in this vehicle. (imdb)
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Halloween (2007)
After young Michael Myers killed his older sister one Halloween night he was committed for 15 years to a mental institution were he soon broke out and is in search for his little sister Laurie Strode as he returns back to his home town Haddonfield and finds his sister she and hers friends must put up a battle to survive as Michael Myers tries to kill them. (imdb)
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Someone
A woman is slowly stalked to the brink of madness by a man watching her from the opposite tower block. Her attempts to get the police to take her seriously leaves her with no option but to track him down herself. (imdb)
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Better Late Than Never (1979)
Harry Landers is a feisty senior citizen who refuses to abide by the rules in a stodgy retirement home run by a dour Ms. Davis, in which Harry leads a revolt by the other goated senior citizen residents against the establishment.
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Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
To survive the night, cops and criminals alike will have to unite and fight. A classic head-to-head showdown ignites in this all-new update of the 1976 action thriller of the same name. (Rogue Pictures)
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