Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and producer Atticus Ross, the pairing behind a number of acclaimed film soundtracks in recent years, have shared their interpretation of John Carpenter's classic theme for Halloween. "We left the theatre forever changed".
The new version adds atmospherics that up the ante on the suspense and when it feels like it's ready to let you go, it jumps right into a deconstructed drum beat that you don't want to stop playing.
"John Carpenter's Halloween by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross" opens with one minute of gathering white noise before small motifs from Carpenter's Halloween score begin emerging. Anticipating the October 20th, 2017 release of John Carpenter's third studio album, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, and Friday the 13th, Reznor and Ross debuted their version to eager listeners yesterday. And boy was it worth the wait.
Recorded with Carpenter's seal of approval. The music to me acts as nearly another character in the film.
Carpenter has given the song his blessing, calling it "moody and dark" and praising Ross and Reznor for doing "amazing justice to the original". "I'm impressed." Stream that, and the orginal, below.
At almost eight minutes long, the pair's reworked version is just as chilling as the 1978 original.
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