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John Carpenter
| Tuesday, 06.05.2018, 01:57 AM |   (32650 views)

John Carpenter

By Ed Donovan

John Carpenter and Halloween changed the face of horror films. It has become the standard for slasher films.

John Carpenter was born on January 16, 1948 in Carthage, New York, the son of Milton Carter and Howard Carpenter a music professor.

John was 5 years old when he saw It Came from Outer Space in 3-D. He says, “It scared the pants off me.  But I realized I was in a theater with my parents and nothing is going to happen to me. This major thing I just saw caused that feeling. That was pretty cool.  I realized this is what I want to do, make movies”.

He started making horror short films before entering high school. John attended Western Kentucky University and later transferred to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in 1968 graduating in 1971.

His first major film as a director, was Dark Star (1974) a black comedy science fiction that he co wrote with Dan O’Bannon. Although the film didn’t do too well his efforts didn’t go unnoticed. Much of Hollywood marveled at his ability to make a film within the confines of a shoestring budget.

His next film Assault on Princent13, (1976) which he wrote, directed and scored as well as edited the film under the pseudonym John T. Chance. The name John Wayne used in Rio Bravo. This was also the first time he worked with Debra Hill who worked with John in several of his other films.

In 1978 John wrote, directed and scored Halloween from an idea suggested by producer Irwin Yablans entitled the Babysitter Murders and to make it even more frightful they centered the film on the night of Halloween which had never been done before. John says, “Whenever you make a horror film you have a great deal of fear. We are all afraid of something. We are all born afraid of death, loss of a loved one, an abandonment of a parent, pain or injuries. This makes a movie that deals with our inner fears universal.”

On making horror films John says, “When you make a drama or comedy it’s a nightmare. Because the subject matter everyone gets very serious, especially a comedy. But a horror movie everybody starts loosening up and the more blood you bring up and the more people get killed the crew is laughing. It’s a picnic.”

I think they were always popular. They started way back in the beginning of cinema and they have always been with us and they are adaptable to each generation because at the bottom of it we are all afraid of the same exact things.

The Ward is about a girl who sets fire in a farm house and she doesn’t know why or who she is and they put her in an asylum and there she is tormented by a ghost. We are looking for a distributer now.


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Ed Donovan is a SAG-AFTRA member since 1982. He is a Writer, Biographer, Producer, Director, Screenwriter and the Editor of the Award winning online magazine, In Focus- Magazine. The magazine is linked World Wide with writers and readers throughout the World. For more on Ed Donovan go to IMDB,






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