It’s Halloween in August! Well, kinda. We’re still a couple of months away from the release of the new Halloween movie, but the good folks at Blumhouse have thrown us a bone by releasing John Carpenter’s new theme for the film. When Carpenter directed the original Halloween, he didn’t just make an iconic horror film, he created some of the most iconic theme music in history. There have been many variations on Carpenter’s simple, chilling theme, but here we have the master himself returning to the keys to revitalize this terrifying piece of music.
The new Halloween is a direct sequel to Carpenter’s original film, and a stipulation of Blumhouse’s in making a new Halloween movie was getting Carpenter’s blessing. Not only did Carpenter come onboard as an executive producer, but he also agreed to write the score, so this is our first taste of that music here.
David Gordon Green (Stronger) directs the film from a screenplay he wrote with Danny McBride, and it finds Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode, who is now a mother to an adult daughter and grandmother to a teenage granddaughter. The setup is that 40 years after the most traumatizing night of her life, Strode is thrown for a loop when the deranged Michael Myers escapes from prison.
This new theme is pretty terrific. You don’t want to mess with something as simple and effective as this too much, and Carpenter strikes the right notes here. I can’t wait to hear the full score.
Check out Carpenter’s theme below. Halloween also stars Judy Greer and will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month before it hits theaters on October 19th.