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 Director Producer Writer Composer Actor Notes
1969 Captain Voyeur[I] Yes Yes Yes Yes Short film
1970 The Resurrection of Broncho Billy[I] Yes Yes Short film
1973 Last Foxtrot in Burbank[I] Yes
1974 Dark Star Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Talby voice[II]
1976 Assault on Precinct 13[I] Yes Yes Yes Yes Gang Member[II]
1978 Eyes of Laura Mars Yes
Halloween Yes Yes Yes Yes Voice of Paul (Annie's boyfriend)[II]
1980 The Fog Yes Yes Yes Yes Bennett[II]
1981 Escape from New York Yes Yes Yes Yes Secret Service #2, helicopter pilot, and a violin player[II]
Halloween II Yes Yes Yes Directed reshoots (uncredited)
1982 The Thing Yes Yes Norwegian in video footage[II]
Halloween III: Season of the Witch Yes Yes Uncredited writer
1983 Christine Yes Yes
1984 The Philadelphia Experiment Executive
Starman Yes Yes Man in helicopter[II]
1986 Black Moon Rising Executive Yes
Big Trouble in Little China Yes Yes Yes Worker in Chinatown[II]
The Boy Who Could Fly Yes Coupe de Villes band member
1987 Prince of Darkness Yes Yes Yes
1988 They Live Yes Yes Yes Yes Voice that says 'sleep'[II]
1992 Memoirs of an Invisible Man Yes Yes Helicopter pilot
1994 The Silence of the Hams Yes Trenchcoat man and Gimp
In the Mouth of Madness Yes Yes
1995 Village of the Damned Yes Yes Yes Man at gas station phone
1996 Escape from L.A. Yes Yes Yes
1998 Vampires Yes Yes
2001 Ghosts of Mars Yes Yes Yes
2002 Vampires: Los Muertos Executive
2005 The Fog Yes
2010 The Ward Yes
2018 Halloween[1] Executive 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 Halloween II 25.5 million
4 Escape from L.A. 25.4 million
5 Escape from New York 25.2 million
6 The Fog 21.3 million
7 Christine 21.0 million
8 John Carpenter's Vampires 20.3 million
9 The Thing 19.6 million
10 Memoirs of an Invisible Man 14.3 million
11 Prince of Darkness 14.1 million
12 Ghosts of Mars 14.0 million
13 They Live 13.0 million
14 The Ward 12.8 million
15 Big Trouble in Little China 11.1 million


Year Title Credit
1978 Zuma Beach Writer
Someone's Watching Me! Director, writer
1979 Better Late Than Never Writer
Elvis Director
1986-1987 Starman Based on characters created by
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
2014 The Director's Chair episode "John Carpenter" Actor
2015-2017 Zoo Writer, composer

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Sentinel Returns n/a Composer
2002 The Thing Dr. Faraday Uncredited
2011 F.E.A.R. 3 Narrator Also storyline consultant


  • "John Carpenter Movie Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  • "John Carpenter > Filmography". Allmovie. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  • Conrich, Ian; David Woods (2004). The Cinema of John Carpenter: The Technique of Terror. Wallflower Press. ISBN 1904764142.

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