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John Carpenter’s score for HALLOWEEN is just about as iconic as the movie itself, with that chilling piano melody working its way into our minds and working as the soundtrack to nightmares. Try walking down a street at night and not having that theme start playing in your head. Thankfully, Carpenter has returned as the composer of the new movie’s score, and though the movie itself doesn’t come out for another two months you can get a taste of the score here. In short, walking down the street on a quiet night is going to be a whole lot creepier now.

While plenty of folks have tried to put their own spin on the classic theme there’s no substituting for the simple, eerie sound of the original. Carpenter adheres to his original work while adding just enough to give it a modern feel, hitting similar piano notes harder and adding a new level of scope towards the end, resulting in tremendous, suitably haunting update.

If you’re curious about what all sounds different in this theme, you can have a listen to the original below and compare with the new theme. It’s a fascinating experiment to go minute-by-minute listening to the subtle and more noticeable differences.

Acting as a direct sequel, this new HALLOWEEN takes place 40 years after the events of the original and finds Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) preparing for what she believes is the inevitable return of Michael Myers (Nick Castle), the knife-wielding killer who soon breaks out of prison. The movie is directed by David Gordon Green with a script by himself, Danny McBride, and Jeff Fradley, with Carpenter also serving as executive producer. 

HALLOWEEN arrives October 19.

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