JOHN CARPENTER RELEASES HALLOWEEN KILLS ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

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Renowned composer and filmmaker John Carpenter and his musical foils Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies have just released the original motion picture soundtrack for the second installment of the new Halloween trilogy, Halloween Kills, through Sacred Bones Records in a wide range of variants (details below). The soundtrack arrived simultaneously with the film release, directed by David Gordon Green and starring horror icon Jamie Lee Curtis. To celebrate the soundtrack release, John and his collaborators took to YouTube for an exclusive album playthrough paired with a live chat Q&A with fans.

The hypnotic theme to John Carpenter’s 1978 horror masterpiece Halloween has embodied slasher-stalker anxiety for generations of filmgoers, and woven itself so deeply into pop culture that it’s become musical shorthand for the entire horror genre. Like the film itself, the Halloween Kills score stays true to the spirit of what made the 1978 original great while bringing it firmly into the present. The music is unmistakably Carpenter: the sinister vintage synth tones, the breath-stealing sense of menace conjured with just a few dissonant notes. But with a broader sonic palette, new digital techniques at his disposal, and a deeper sense of musicality, the Halloween Kills score is the work of a master artist who, nearly 50 years into his career, continues to push his creative limits and find new ways to thrill and terrify his fans. 

Carpenter has been composing and recording his own scores since he created the soundtrack to his first film, 1974’s Dark Star. While originally a cost-cutting measure, he continued scoring most of his films even after he started making multiplex staples in the 80s and 90s, with the soundtracks to the Halloween series, They Live, and Escape from New York becoming classics in their own right. Over the past two decades, Carpenter has come to be recognized as much for his musical vision as his filmmaking. His influence has been felt from the underground to pop radio, and played a foundational role in the modern synthwave movement. Underpinning Carpenter’s renaissance as a musician has been his ongoing collaboration with Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies, with whom he has composed and performed as a trio since the first Lost Themes album in 2015, fostering an intuitive interplay that borders on creative mind meld.

photo by Sophie Gransard 

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