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By James Whittington, Thursday 17th October 2019
Halloween: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Expanded Edition) Sacred Bones Double Vinyl
Halloween 2018 was a box-office hit and gave the franchise a much-needed tension injection. It saw the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and that of original director John Carpenter though he wasn't in the driving seat for this one. Instead he, alongside his son and godson, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies created the score and delivered an atmospheric piece which retained whispers to the past without drowning in them.
The soundtrack album was a hit as much as the movie was debuting at #12 on the Billboard Albums chart and #2 on the vinyl chart, on its way to becoming one of the most successful movie soundtracks of the last decade. One year later, Sacred Bones Record presents an expanded edition of the soundtrack, including more than 28 additional minutes of music from the film delivering a more complete, immersive listening experience.
We covered the original release last year so for this review we'll concentrate on some of the new stuff and first up is Aaron Meets Michael which, like most of these new pieces grows like an Autumnal shadow until it reaches a peak and ends suddenly. Aaron and Dana Enter Laurie's Compound and Laurie's Past are similar in tone, dreamlike and sad, almost mournful whilst Laurie Breaks Down contains some of her theme with a low tone which floats in the background. More hints from the past with Karen's Flashback and with some industrial noise, Lumpy Explores takes you on a trip down an American highway at night.
The Story of Judith's Death is probably the most ominous piece, smoothly moving from note to note this is classic Carpenter whilst The Gas Station and The Gas Station Aftermath wouldn't be out of place on the Halloween III soundtrack. One of the shortest pieces is Talking to Cops and Gun Closet adds a subtle beat to the expected floaty notes. The wonderfully titled Halloween Theme (I've Got Eyes) ends with an unexpected halt just as you're getting into it but Death Drum gets the award for the title of a track which delivers exactly what its called, if you know what I mean?!
The additional material included on this expanded edition adds a total of 24 cues to the soundtrack spread across two more sides of vinyl on the deluxe double LP version. The LP also has all-new art and lavish packaging, including an optical-illusion lenticular sleeve that makes the flames around Michael Myers's mask dance when you slide it off the record jacket.
This is a great title made even better by the extra material, if you have this already then you'll probably think twice about buying but to me this is an essential purchase filled with invention, stark urban horror and that mysterious Carpenter touch.
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