From Parlor of Horror: 10 Things you Didn’t know about John Carpenter

In honor of Mr Carpenter’s Birthday, I’d like to present this latest guest post from Parlor Of Horror!

10 Things you Didn’t know about John Carpenter

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List compiled by Mike from Parlor of Horror

Here are some projects you probably didn’t know John Carpenter was directly or indirectly involved with…

10) The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) (writer)

A taut thriller with Carpenter’s trademark stalking and killing. Must see for Carpenter fans!

9) Black Moon Rising (1986) (writer)

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Sci-fi, company espionage film with Tommy Lee Jones and Linda Hamilton

8) The Philadelphia Experiment (1984) (executive producer)

Sci-fi film rumored to be a true military experiment gone wrong.

7) Planet Terror (2007) (music)

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Carpenter’s music compositions ‘Back to the Pod/The Crazies Come Out‘ used in the Robert Rodriguez “Grindhouse” film.

6) The Coupe de Villes – mid-1970s rock band


5) F.E.A.R. 3 – video game story line writer/consultant (with Steve Niles)

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4) Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992) (director)

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A Comedy starring Chevy Chase and Daryl Hannah

3) Gorgo vs. Godzilla (short)

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In 1969 he made an independent short called Gorgo vs. Godzilla – I would love to see it – anyone have a copy?

2) ELVIS (1979) (director)


TV movie about ‘The King’ Elvis Presley starring Kurt Russell

1) Dark Star (1974)

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Writer and Director – Low budget Sci-Fi comedy

Extras: He won an academy award for Best Live-Action Short Subject for ‘The Resurrection of Broncho Billy’ (1970). He was married to Adrianne Barbeau from 1979 -1984. They had one son together. He is currently married to Sandy King from 1990 to present.

Extras: Mr Carpenter is also responsible, along with his wife, Sandy King with bringing us the popular “John Carpenter Presents: Asylum” Comic Book.


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Thanks for this amazing contribution, Mike! This post rocked!

– Vic


  1. Wow, some awesome films there. I really like the The Philadelphia Experiment, its such a strange film. Didn’t know about the Gorgo vs Godzilla short! Sounds awesome!! Great article!!

    • Glad you liked it, Paul! Mike never disappoints. I also enjoyed TPE. Very unique flick about a strange time in the history of naval defense. JC has been involved in many cool projects.

      Thanks for stopping in, Paul! 🙂

  2. Thanks for Posting Vic! You found some cool trailers and clips to use as always. I also wanted to mention that today is John Carpenter’s Birthday, so it turned out to be a nice little tribute 🙂 Also forgot to mention John Carpenter’s Comic Book, Asylum, the first issue came out in Oct. 2013.

    • Ah, yes! Asylum! I recall that title from JC. I think I have an issue somewhere, by the way. I’ll add it in, Mike!

      I’m glad you liked the layout of the post and like always, you did a fantastic job! Great timing with this post landing on his birthday, no? Some things you just can’t plan, huh?

      Thanks again, good friend. 🙂

    • It is, isn’t it? I watched it the other night on Netflix and it was fun re-visiting it. I saw it in the theaters when it first came out in NYC and a long time went by before I really began to appreciate it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Maurice. I appreciate it! Have a good weekend!

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