Of all the directors in commercial American film-making, John Carpenter’s films such as Halloween, The Thing, Escape From New York and Assault on Precinct 13 spark enthusiasm in those who know them and his name alone will draw people into the cinemas. Ultimately, John Carpenter’s reputation is built on his ability to tell a story and tell it well. He excites, thrills and scares audiences the world over. He has set trends and influenced many other directors in the Science Fiction and Horror fields. In the Pocket Essential John Carpenter you will discover his films, his scripts and his music.