Born in New York in 1948, John Howard Carpenter grew up watching movies. Among his favorite genres were the westerns of Howard Hawks and John Ford and of course horror and science fiction movies. Carpenter began to make his own movies even before attending high school. He attended a couple of universities before dropping out to pursue filmmaking full time.
Carpenter’s moviemaking career stated off with a bang. After making the movie short “Captain Voyeur,” Carpenter collaborated with other filmmakers on the movie The Resurrection of Bronco Billy, which won an Academy Award for Best Live Short Action Film. The movie starred Johnny Crawford, best known as the son of Lucas McCain, The Rifleman [http://www.therifleman.net/].
Carpenter has gone on to establish himself as a successful and prolific filmmaker involved in all facets of the business, from writing screenplays and composing music to producing and directing. He has worked on movies for the big screen and television for various genres, although he has proved most successful in the horror and science fiction genres. Carpenter’s last film to date has been 2010’s The Ward.
Although there are many fans who find that all of Carpenter’s films have merit, I have selected what I consider the top five horror films Carpenter has made to date. This was not an easy task, but most of you may appreciate at last half of the choices made, if not more.