John Carpenter filmography

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John Carpenter is an American film director, producer, writer and composer. He has contributed to many projects as either the producer, writer, director, actor, composer or a combination of the five.


Year Film Credited as
Director Producer Writer Composer Actor Role
1970 The Resurrection of Broncho Billy[I] Yes Yes
1974 Dark Star Yes Yes Yes Yes
1976 Assault on Precinct 13[I] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Gang Member[II]
1978 Eyes of Laura Mars Yes
Someone's Watching Me! Yes Yes
Halloween Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Voice of Paul (Annie's boyfriend)[II]
1979 Elvis [I] Yes
1980 The Fog Yes Yes Yes Yes Bennett[II]
1981 Escape from New York Yes Yes Yes Band member playing the violin. Helicopter pilot/voice.
Halloween II Yes Yes Yes
1982 The Thing Yes Yes Norwegian in video footage[II]
Halloween III: Season of the Witch Yes Yes
1983 Christine Yes Yes
1984 The Philadelphia Experiment Yes
Starman Yes Yes Man in helicopter[II]
1986 Big Trouble in Little China Yes Yes Yes Yes Worker in Chinatown[II]
Black Moon Rising Yes Yes
The Boy Who Could Fly Yes Coupe de Villes band member
1987 Prince of Darkness Yes Yes Yes
1988 They Live Yes Yes Yes
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers [III] Yes
1992 Memoirs of an Invisible Man Yes Yes Helicopter pilot
1993 The Silence of the Hams Yes Trench coat man
Body Bags Yes
1995 In the Mouth of Madness Yes Yes
Village of the Damned Yes Yes Yes Man at gas station phone
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers[III] Yes
1996 Escape from L.A. Yes Yes Yes
1998 Vampires Yes Yes
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later[III] Yes
2001 Ghosts of Mars Yes Yes Yes
Vampires: Los Muertos Yes
2002 Halloween: Resurrection[III] Yes
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Yes
The Fog Yes Yes
2010 The Ward Yes

^ I Credited as editor.
^ II Uncredited acting role.
^ III Theme music only.

Highest-grossing films[edit]

This is a list of films directed by John Carpenter that grossed more than $10 million at the US box office according to Box Office Mojo. Carpenter's films have grossed domestically a total of more than $282 million, with an average of $18 million per film.

Rank Title Lifetime gross (US$)
1 Halloween 47.0 million
2 Starman 28.7 million
3 Escape from L.A. 25.4 million
4 Escape from New York 25.2 million
5 The Fog 21.3 million
6 Christine 21.0 million
7 John Carpenter's Vampires 20.3 million
8 The Thing 19.6 million
9 Memoirs of an Invisible Man 14.3 million
10 Prince of Darkness 14.1 million
11 They Live 13.0 million


Year Title Credit
1978 Zuma Beach Writer
Someone's Watching Me! Director, writer
1979 Better Late Than Never Writer
Elvis Director
1990 El Diablo Writer
1991 Blood River Writer
1993 Body Bags Director, producer, composer, actor
1999 Silent Predators Writer
2005 Masters of Horror episode "Cigarette Burns'" Director
2006 Masters of Horror episode "Pro-Life" Director

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Thing Dr. Faraday Uncredited
2011 F.E.A.R. 3 Narrator Also storyline consultant



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