20John Carpenter (Director/Writer/Composer)
The creator of Halloween, the franchise would not exist if not for Master of Horror John Carpenter. His film inspired numerous filmmakers in the horror genre, inspiring other franchises like Friday the 13th. He was the director, co-writer and composer of the film. At the time, Halloween was
one of the highest-grossing indie films of the time. He worked on all of the films until the remakes and will be returning for the latest film.
After creating the beginning of an iconic film franchise, Carpenter was given bigger budgets for his future films. He wrote and directed The Fog (1980). The film starred his wife at the time, Adrienne Barbeau, and co-starred Jamie Lee Curtis. Carpenter then created the action drama Escape from New York (1981) starring Kurt Russell. The sequel Escape from L.A. came out in 1996. He also directed The Thing (1982) and then adapted the Stephen King novel Christine (1983) to film. Afterwards he changed gears and directed the sci-fi romance Starman (1984) starring Jeff Bridges, which received an Academy Award nomination.
After he directed the sci-fi thriller Ghosts of Mars (2001), John Carpenter took a break from directing. He did direct two episodes of Masters of Horror in 2005 and 2006. Carpenter returned to directing feature films with The Ward (2010). Carpenter remarried in 1990 to producer Sandy King and they are still married to this day.