John Carpenter details Halloween Kills OST, shares “Unkillable”



Renowned composer and filmmaker John Carpenter and his musical foils Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies have announced details for the upcoming release of the original motion picture soundtrack for the fiercely anticipated second installment of the new Halloween trilogy, Halloween Kills, through Sacred Bones Records in a wide range of variants (details below). The soundtrack will be released in conjunction with the film release on October 15, 2021, from Universal Pictures, Miramax, and Blumhouse, directed by David Gordon Green and starring horror icon Jamie Lee Curtis. Like the film itself, the 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. The trio has shared an advance taste of the album with “Unkillable” one of the most unsettling cues in all of Carpenter’s oeuvre. Listen now.

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. It’s just five notes plucked out on a piano, so sparsely arranged that it feels like barely more than a sketch, but it’s one of cinema’s greatest musical accomplishments. In 2018, Carpenter returned to the franchise for the first time since 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch. David Gordon Green’s Halloween returned the story to the original 1978 film, and Carpenter (with his partner composers Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies) provided the film with its unmistakable sonic identity, which is as integral to the franchise as Michael Myers’ mask and glimmering butcher knife.

David Gordon Green’s Halloween killed at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing chapter in the four-decade franchise and setting a new record for the biggest opening weekend in history for a horror film starring a woman. And the Halloween night when Michael Myers returned isn’t over yet. From the returning filmmaking team responsible for the 2018 global phenomenon, Halloween Kills is written by Scott TeemsDanny McBride, and David Gordon Green based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. The film is directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Malek AkkadJason Blum, and Bill Block. The executive producers are John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and Ryan Freimann.

photo by Sophie Gransard

Carpenter has been composing and recording his own scores since he created the soundtrack to his first film, 1974’s Dark Star, on an EMS VCS 3 modular synthesizer. While originally a cost-cutting measure, he continued to score 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 boldly assertive compositions and pioneering use of synthesizers have inspired musicians in cinema and far beyond. Underpinning Carpenter’s renaissance as a musician has been his 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.