Halloween Original Soundtrack
When the new Halloween movie hits theaters in October 2018, it will have the distinction of being the first film in the series with creator John Carpenter’s direct involvement since 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Carpenter serves on the new David Gordon Green-directed installment as an executive producer, a creative consultant, and, thrillingly, as a soundtrack composer, alongside his collaborators from his three recent solo albums, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. The new soundtrack pays homage to the classic Halloween score that Carpenter composed and recorded in 1978, when he forever changed the course of horror cinema and synthesizer music with his low-budget masterpiece. Several new versions of the iconic main theme serve as the pulse of Green’s film, its familiar 5/4 refrain stabbing through the soundtrack like the Shape’s knife. The rest of the soundtrack is just as enthralling, incorporating everything from atmospheric synth whooshes to eerie piano-driven pieces to skittering electronic percussion. While the new score was made with a few more resources than Carpenter’s famously shoestring original, its musical spirit was preserved. “We wanted to honor the original Halloween soundtrack in terms of the sounds we used,” Davies explained. “We used...
Halloween: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The success of the original Halloween launched six sequels, a ravenous decade's worth of imitators, and Hollywood careers for star Jamie Lee Curtis and director John Carpenter. But its budget was a micro one, and director Carpenter managed to save a few bucks by hiring the same composer he'd worked with since his days as a student and struggling indie--himself. Borrowing the staccato rhythmic devices of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells cum Exorcist score, Carpenter overlaid them with a few simple Grand Guignol-esque synth chords and created nothing less than a surprisingly enduring horror classic. Carpenter also gleaned a few hints from Italian prog-rock horror-score kings Goblin, imbuing his simple, synthesizer-based cues with an almost subconscious sense of dread, tension, and impending doom. If the music has become something of a modern cliché, that's only a testament to its continued ability to strike terror in the hearts of listeners. --Jerry McCulley
Halloween: The Sound of Evil-Music from the Halloween Film Scores
BuySoundtrax Records is proud to scare the bejeezus out of you this fall with the release of HALLOWEEN: THE SOUND OF EVIL MUSIC FROM THE HALLOWEEN FILM SCORES, available on compact disc for the first time. The collection is the first to celebrate the music from the eight films in the original series and the two films in the re-imagined series and includes music by John Carpenter, Alan Howarth, John Ottman, Danny Lux, and Tyler Bates. The album is arranged and produced by Dominik Hauser. Filmmaker John Carpenter created not only the slasher film that reinvented the genre, but the music that would define terror for decades to come. The piercing tonality of his shrill synth sustains took on the gleaming sheen of a butcher knife s blade, while the electronic stabs of lower-end synth chords became the brutal blows of the killer s slashing arm and the repetitive, tinkling piano notes became the spine-chilling icicles dripping down your spine, describes Randall D. Larson, author of Musique Fantastique: 100 Years of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Film Music in the liner notes.
Halloween 2: 30th Anniversary Edition
LIMITED EDITION OF 1000 UNITS AHI Records, to be distributed by BUYSOUNDTRAX Records, will be releasing a special 30th Anniversary Edition of HALLOWEEN II. The soundtrack features music composed & performed by John Carpenter (HALLOWEEN, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK) in association with Alan Howarth (THE LOST EMPIRE, HEADLESS) for the 1981 cult horror sequel directed by Rick Rosenthal, written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance, Lance Guest, Nancy Stephens, Pamela Shoop, Tawny Moyer, Leo Rossi and legendary stuntman Dick Warlock as The Shape. HALLOWEEN II is a direct sequel to the first film, set on the same night of October 31, 1978 in the fictional Midwest town of Haddonfield, as the seemingly indestructible Michael Myers follows his intended victim Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) to a nearby hospital. Produced on a shoestring budget and released in 1978, the original HALLOWEEN earned over 47 million dollars at the box office, making it one of the most successful independent films for many years. With this tremendous success, it would only be a matter of time until there was a sequel. While the first film was produced independently of any major studios, the sequel was produced by Universal, with full creative control in the hands of John Carp...
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