Listen To John Carpenter’s Entire Score From Blumhouse’s Halloween Sequel


In my view, one of the most essential ingredients when making a good movie is that of ensuring it contains a dynamite score. Though some may not think it, music can make or break a final cut, as it often serves as a director’s secret weapon when it comes to establishing the tone of a specific scene – or it can assure that your product is placed among the pantheon of the all-time greats.

By now, I’m sure that whenever you hear John Williams’ themes for Star Wars, Jurassic Park or Superman, your mind instantly takes you to a special place. Of course, there are others worth mentioning as well, such as Danny Elfman’s Batman march and John Carpenter’s untouchable Halloween main title theme, the latter of which serves as a launching point for today’s discussion.

As you may have heard, Carpenter’s been a bit more hands on with Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel than he’s been with any entry into the franchise for some time. In fact, he’s again taken on the job of composer, thus assuring we’ll be able to hear the master at work – and you can sample the entire score in the video embedded below.

It should be noted that both Entertainment Weekly and Sacred Bones Records are to thank for the reveal, so let’s give credit where it’s due. Additionally, the folks over at EW were able to get the following out of Carpenter regarding the subject of assembling the music to be heard in the film:

“We’ve got the basic themes from the first film, but we’ve improved them with the new technology we’re working with today. Because that was way back. I was working with tube amplifiers in those days, which you had to tune up. Nowadays, it’s unbelievable! But we invented new music in certain places that required it. You can’t just retrofit something. It’s got to work for the film. So, it was a combination of two things — old and new — and it was just a blast. It was fun!”

Thankfully, the soundtrack album will release the same day Halloween arrives in theaters, which’ll be on October 19th. And for more on the flick itself, be sure to check out our review.

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