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.


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

Acting roles[edit]

Year Film Role Notes Ref(s)
1974 Dark Star Talby voice
1976 Assault on Precinct 13 Gang Member Uncredited
1978 Halloween Paul (Annie's boyfriend) Uncredited voice role
1980 The Fog Bennett Uncredited
1981 Escape from New York Secret Service #2, helicopter pilot, and a violin player Uncredited
1982 The Thing Norwegian in video footage Uncredited
1984 Starman Man in helicopter Uncredited
1986 Big Trouble in Little China Worker in Chinatown Uncredited
The Boy Who Could Fly Coupe de Villes band member Uncredited
1988 They Live Voice that says 'sleep' Uncredited voice role
1992 Memoirs of an Invisible Man Helicopter pilot
1994 The Silence of the Hams Trenchcoat man and Gimp
1995 Village of the Damned Man at gas station phone
2009 Nightmares in Red, White and Blue Himself Documentary film
2019 In Search of Darkness Himself Documentary film [2]

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


Year Film Director Writer Producer Composer Notes
1978 Zuma Beach Yes TV movie
Someone's Watching Me! Yes Yes
1979 Better Late Than Never Yes
Elvis Yes
1986–1987 Starman Based on characters
1990 El Diablo Yes TV movie
1991 Blood River Yes
1993 Body Bags Yes Yes Yes Yes TV movie;
Segments "The Gas Station" and "Hair"
1999 Silent Predators Yes TV movie
2005–2006 Masters of Horror Yes Episodes "Cigarette Burns" and "Pro-Life"
2015–2017 Zoo Yes

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.
  1. ^ "David Gordon Green & Danny McBride's 2018 Halloween Sequel Will Ignore Most of the Franchise". Slashfilm. 2017-02-12. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  2. ^ Miska, Brad (March 22, 2019). "Exclusive Clip: John Carpenter Joins '80s Horror Documentary 'In Search of Darkness'!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved May 29, 2019.

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