John Carpenter filmography

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John Carpenter in 2010

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.


Film Year Director Writer Producer Composer Editor Notes
Captain Voyeur 1969 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Short film
The Resurrection of Broncho Billy 1970 Yes Yes Yes Short film
Last Foxtrot in Burbank 1973 Yes
Dark Star 1974 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Assault on Precinct 13 1976 Yes Yes Yes Yes Credited as "John T. Chance"
Eyes of Laura Mars 1978 Yes
Halloween 1978 Yes Yes Yes
The Fog 1980 Yes Yes Yes
Escape from New York 1981 Yes Yes Yes
Halloween II 1981 Yes Yes Yes Uncredited director of reshoots
The Thing 1982 Yes
Halloween III: Season of the Witch 1982 Yes Yes Uncredited co-writer
Christine 1983 Yes Yes
The Philadelphia Experiment 1984 Executive
Starman 1984 Yes
Black Moon Rising 1986 Yes Executive
Big Trouble in Little China 1986 Yes Yes
Prince of Darkness 1987 Yes Yes Yes
They Live 1988 Yes Yes Yes
Memoirs of an Invisible Man 1992 Yes
In the Mouth of Madness 1994 Yes Yes
Village of the Damned 1995 Yes Yes
Escape from L.A. 1996 Yes Yes Yes
Vampires 1998 Yes Yes
Ghosts of Mars 2001 Yes Yes Yes
Vampires: Los Muertos 2002 Executive
The Fog 2005 Yes
The Ward 2010 Yes
Halloween[1] 2018 Executive Yes
Halloween Kills[2] 2021 Executive Yes

Acting roles[edit]

Film Year Role Notes
Dark Star 1974 Talby voice
Assault on Precinct 13 1976 Gang Member Uncredited
Halloween 1978 Paul (Annie's boyfriend) Uncredited voice role
The Fog 1980 Bennett Uncredited
Escape from New York 1981 Secret Service #2, helicopter pilot, and a violin player Uncredited
The Thing 1982 Norwegian in video footage Uncredited
Starman 1984 Man in helicopter Uncredited
Big Trouble in Little China 1986 Worker in Chinatown Uncredited
The Boy Who Could Fly 1986 Coupe de Villes band member Uncredited
They Live 1988 Voice that says 'sleep' Uncredited voice role
Memoirs of an Invisible Man 1992 Helicopter pilot
Body Bags 1993 The Coroner
The Silence of the Hams 1994 Trenchcoat man and Gimp
Village of the Damned 1995 Man at gas station phone
The Rise of the Synths 2019 Narrator and Synth Rider's guide

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 Ghosts of Mars 14.0 million
12 They Live 13.0 million
13 The Ward 12.8 million
14 Big Trouble in Little China 11.1 million


Film Year Director Writer Producer Composer Notes
Zuma Beach 1978 Yes TV movie
Someone's Watching Me! 1978 Yes Yes TV movie
Elvis 1979 Yes TV movie
Better Late Than Never 1979 Yes TV movie
El Diablo 1990 Yes TV movie
Blood River 1991 Yes TV movie
Body Bags 1993 Yes Yes Yes Yes TV movie;
Segments "The Gas Station" and "Hair"
Silent Predators 1999 Yes TV movie
Masters of Horror 2005–2006 Yes Episodes "Cigarette Burns" and "Pro-Life"
Zoo 2015–2017 Yes

Video games[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Sentinel Returns 1998 N/A Composer
The Thing 2002 Dr. Faraday Uncredited
F.E.A.R. 3 2011 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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