John Carpenter can hardly be bothered with an interview today. The movie renounces all the developments in the sequels to Carpenter’s Halloween and presents Strode, 40 years later, ready to take on the killer when he’s released from prison. Carpenter had presented the movie – without music – to a studio exec who told him she didn’t find it scary. Although the music is comparable to Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” in The Exorcist, Carpenter points to composer Bernard Herrmann’s scores for Alfred Hitchcock movies such as Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest as inspiration. For Green’s Halloween film, Carpenter dreamt up a new twist. Since 2014, Carpenter and his son and godson have made two albums of original, eerie music and have toured the world, and the new soundtrack sounds like an extension of those works – morose, measured and electrifying. In some ways, it’s the more sophisticated score Carpenter wished he had the time and resources to make for the original.

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