Recently, horror master John Carpenter returned to the big screen in an unexpected way by delivering a new score for the Blumhouse "requel", Halloween. It appears he may have more Halloween treats up his sleeve...
...The highly popular horror streaming service Shudder has just released a new track from the master of horror himself! Carpenter's track will play as the network's audio "moniker" before their original content. The new theme will debut on October 31rst during a 24-hour streaming marathon of Carpenter's original Halloween (1978).
Shudder's GM, Craig Engler had this to say about the new theme:
“We wanted to create a one-of-a-kind audio identity for Shudder and the first person we thought of was John Carpenter...John was enthusiastic
about the idea and came up with an iconic theme that will enchant and thrill Shudder members every time they hear it.”
That is not an exaggeration by Engler either. My favorite part of the new Halloween was easily Carpenter's new score, which he conducted with his son Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. It was a perfect return to form with a modern twist that thrilled me on every level and recaptured the terrifying tone that made the original film so successful in the first place.
This new theme may not be as iconic as the score that made Carpenter a legend, but it is still gloriously creepy and should make for a much-welcomed addition to the awesome streaming service.
Luckily, you don't have to wait until Halloween to hear the new track. Check it out below and join me in loving the fact that Carpenter is once again bringing us scores that are like a steak dinner for horror fan's ears. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a new career for Carpenter as a horror composer, something which I would love to witness.
By Matt Konopka