Horror master John Carpenter turns 75

A director complete, what gets involved in every area of ​​his film projects: script, music Y addressis how film critics define John Carpenter, a New York filmmaker who today turns 75.

John Howard Carpenter, his real name, is known in the industry for works such as The Thing, The Mist, or They Are Alivebut his biggest success has been Halloweenpremiered in 1978 and with which he demonstrated that a good story can collect up to $47 million at the box officehaving an investment of only 300 thousand dollars.

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“He’s a daring guy. one man band, It gets into everythingin the special effects, it is the director who stains his hands in the talacha, It is not this director who is in the clouds. We can not only narrow your career down to Halloweenhas other movies like Escape from New York (1981) or the same Christine (1983), which he considers a minor film, but which immediately becomes an icon of independent cinema. His legacy is to dare, step on the set, be involved in special effects, in history, want his work, ”the film expert said in an interview, Gerardo Gil Ballesteros.

carpenters born in Carthage, NYUSA, in 1948. Son of Milton Jean Carter and music teacher Howard Ralph Carpenter.

In 1953, his family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where He completed his professional studies at Western Kentucky University, his father was in charge of the music department. By 2007, the University of Kentucky awarded him an honorary doctorate.

Then it was changed to University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts (USC School of Cinematic Arts) in 1968. His first work was Estrella Oscura (Dark Star), which began as a short film, but was turned into a film and released in 1975.

“In the early days of cinema, filmmakers learned as they went and carpenters no, he is already from a generation that has much more formal training, on the other hand is an audience trainer that converts almost immediately many iconic films”, expressed Gil Ballesteros.

His career was followed Assault on the 13th District Police Station (1976), with which he paid homage to his idol howard hawks. Until in the late 1970s he launched Halloween which became the most profitable tape of its time and in which he also developed his side of Musician composer.

“There are several things that make this film successful, it has a great character, michael meyers (tony moran) is a pivotal character in the history of cinema and is an irresistible character, it seems to me that these characters represent the dark conscience of society.

“By the time it’s made, it’s a naughty movie, I’d say, is a film that dares to point out some aspects of violence and horror themes. It is a film that reflects fears of societysaid the critic.

Although Carpenter’s path has been more developed in the horror genre with films like Prince of Darkness (1987), In the Mouth of Fear (1994) and trapped (2010), has also explored action and science fiction genres such as vampires (1998), The thing (1982) and 2013: Rescue in LA. (nineteen ninety six).

As for his film credits include the comedy thriller Diary of an invisible man (1992), Starman: The Man of the Stars (1984) and The Town of the Damned (nineteen ninety five).

To 1979, Carpenter explored the life of Elvisin a film project written by Anthony Lawrence and who starred Kurt Russell and Shelley Winters. Elvis was part of the television projects along with the episodes of the Masters of Horror series. He won the Cable Ace Award for writing the HBO movie, El Diablo. (1990).

In the world of video games co-wrote the video game FEAR 3 for Warner Bros.. interactive; while in the comics, Carpenter is the co-creator of the award-winning bi-monthly series The John Carpenter Asylum and Stories from John Carpenter. for a Halloween night.

The filmmaker has more than thirty awards granted by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USAAvoriaz Fantastic Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Sitges, Fantasporto, among others.

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“I don’t know if tomorrow they will give him an Oscar, his cinema is not an Oscar cinemathat is very clear, it is not a formal awards cinema, but it does have recognition from critics, from a specialized publicof analysts, of the same directors who are now working and recognize their influences, that is what it has”, commented gil.

As for his personal life, Carpenter married actress Adrienne Barbeau in 1979.; the fruit of their relationship was born their firstborn Cody Carpenter, who currently he is 38 years and is composer and musician too. The couple’s divorce was five years after their union. Since 1990 he has maintained a relationship with the producer sandy king.

Horror master John Carpenter turns 75