John Carpenter’s New Halloween OST

David Gordon Green’s new take on John Carpenter’s Halloween is due in cinemas this October, and sees Jamie Lee Curtis return to the role that made her an icon as Laurie Strode battling the unrelenting Michael Myers.

What makes this new entry in the series so special is that it involves John Carpenter himself as Executive Producer, Creative Consultant, and most importantly Composer (alongside his collaborators from his three recent solo albums, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies)! Yes Carpenter is back in full musical effect delivering a new and evolved take on his truly legendary Halloween score.

That’s just a short sneak preview, but the full OST will be released via Sacred Bones records on October 19th, and you can order your copy right HERE.

How does it sound?

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 equally 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 honour the original Halloween soundtrack in terms of the sounds we used,” Davies explained. “We used a lot of the Dave Smith OB-6, bowed guitar, Roland Juno, Korg, Roli, Moog, Roland System 1, Roland System 8, different guitar pedals, mellotron, and piano.”

Unlike the two Lost Themes albums, Halloween saw the Carpenters and Davies collaborating on music set to images for the first time. Though it marked a significant change from their previous creative process, the trio thrived under the constraints and tight deadlines that film scoring work demands.

For Carpenter, who reunited on the new film with original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis, composing the score felt like a homecoming. “It was great,” Carpenter said of the experience. “It was transforming. It was not a movie I directed, so I had a lot of freedom in creating the score and getting into the director’s head. I was proud to serve David Gordon Green’s vision.”

See John Carpenter Live

If the soundtrack wasn’t enough of an announcement, you can also see the Master of Horror in person, playing a selection of new and classic tracks this October across the UK.

Oct 16: London, UK @ Eventim Apollo

Oct 18: Newcastle, UK @ Tyne Theatre

Oct 19: Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands

Oct 21: Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall

Consider our excitement levels considerably amped up!

James is a movie obsessive with a particular love for scores and screenplays. He has written for numerous blogs, sites and cinemas and has been involved in several screenwriting projects. He can usually be found in front of a large plasma screen devouring Westerns, 80s pulp, Jimmy Stewart movies or anything by the Coens.