John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film music composer.
Born in Carthage, New York and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky, he attended Western Kentucky University (where his father was director of the music department) and later the University of Southern California, where he won an Academy Award for his student film The Resurrection Of Broncho Billy. Considered by many to be the greatest director of modern horror, he has in fact made movies in a number of other genres.
He describes himself as having been influenced by Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, and The Twilight Zone.
Filmography as director
The Resurrection of Broncho Billy (1970)
Dark Star (1974)
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
Elvis (1979, TV)
The Fog (1980)
Escape from New York (1981)
The Thing (1982), remake of The Thing From Another World
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Prince of Darkness (1987)
They Live (1988)
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
Village of the Damned (1995)
Escape From L.A. (1996)
Ghosts of Mars (2001)