By: Staff –
To celebrate the release of John Carpenter’s new album, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, a collection of 13 of his classic movie themes newly recorded with the collaborators that worked on his Lost Themes albums, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have shared a creepy new version of Carpenter’s iconic “Halloween” theme. Stream the track below.
“I clearly remember my friends and I at 13 years old conning our parents into letting us see Halloween when it came out in 1978,” says Reznor. “We left the theater forever changed. We were damaged and scarred, with the shit genuinely scared out of us and that theme stuck firmly in our heads. John Carpenter, it’s your fault that I turned out the way I did.”
Speaking about the new version, John Carpenter states, “Moody and dark, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ version of “Halloween” does amazing justice to the original. I’m impressed.”
On the new album Carpenter is joined by the musicians that accompanied him on his last two releases and subsequent tours: his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies. Anthology… is a near-comprehensive survey of John Carpenter’s greatest themes, from his very first movie (the no-budget sci-fi film Dark Star) to 1998’s supernatural Western, Vampires. Those sit alongside the driving, Led Zeppelin-influenced Assault on Precinct 13 theme, Halloween‘s iconic 5/4 piano riff, and the eerie synth work of The Fog. Carpenter and his band also cover Ennio Morricone’s bleak, minimalist theme for The Thing.