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John Carpenter announces expanded version of new “Halloween” soundtrack

Deluxe 2LP edition adds 24 tracks, out on October 18th on Sacred Bones

Sep 04, 2019 John Carpenter
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Legendary horror filmmaker and composer John Carpenter has announced a deluxe, expanded version of his Halloween (2018) score, which will release on October 18th from Sacred Bones.

Halloween: Expanded Edition will be available in a variety of limited run, color vinyls exclusive to various retailers. Composed by Carpenter with his son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies, this upcoming version will add 24 additional musical cues—nearly a half hour’s worth of music—that weren’t included on the album’s initial release last fall. (You can read our review of the soundtrack here, and the 2018 movie here.) The two LPs will be housed in really cool-looking lenticular sleeve which makes flames dance around Michael Myers’ mask as you move its outer slipcover. Check it out in the preview video below:

We had this to say about Carpenter’s iconic Halloween theme, which he reimagined for the new movie’s release:

For all he’s done, it’s almost funny to think that one of his most enduring legacies might be a little piano ditty he composed to save some cash when he needed a score for one of his first movies. His Halloween theme, compromised of a short, repeating 5/4 piano melody overtop of swelling chords, is now synonymous with the holiday upon which its film is set. When October rolls around each year, if you’re not hearing it as you watch Michael Myers stalk his victims, you’ll hear it playing from a tape deck hidden on a porch while trick-or-treating, used to advertise a haunted hay ride on your hometown classic rock station, or ringing in knock-off-form from innumerable cheap, battery-operated Halloween decorations sold at your local pharmacy. It’s arguably the holiday’s unofficial song: Carpenter’s “Halloween” theme is ubiquitous with Halloween in the same way that something like “White Christmas” is inescapable from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. It puts the Master of Horror in the unexpected company of a pop icon like Bing Crosby.”

Click here to read our interviews with John Carpenter from 2017 and 2016.




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January 10th 2021

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