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By James Whittington, Thursday 18th October 2018
For most horror fans out there 2018 has been a golden year with the genre regularly topping box-offices around the globe. But, as they say, the best is usually last and this year it's a real biggie, Halloween is back, and this time John Carpenter is attached to the project. Not only is he one of the Executive Producers but he's also composed the score alongside his son Cody and Daniel A. Davies.
Let's get things straight, I love the Halloween series of movies (yes, even the sequels) and having Carpenter connected in such a way is pure horror fan bliss and I didn't want my admiration for both to cloud my judgement but this is a classy score packed with invention, new interpretations of a classic theme and nods the past without being a lazy remix.
It starts strongly with a piece named simply Intro, a brooding synth string affair that wafts across the mind like a mist of dread and anticipation which leads beautifully into the Halloween Theme now with added drum beat and it's a corker of a re-imagining. Powerful and imposing it hammers the theme home into my favourite version of all time. Laurie's Theme is just as simple as you'd want it to be, a short piano piece with added synth which is at odds to Prison Montage which adds an apocalyptic tone to the experience like a creeping storm on the verge of delivering a final blow to town already knee-deep in desperation.
Michael Kills is electrifying, a ripping moment that is as crazed as Myers himself and The Shape Returns has the most nods to the past original score. A beautiful celebration of the first movie as is The Bogeyman which is here to unnerve and get the pulse pounding. Wrought Iron Fence continues some of the sounds from Prison Montage with a hint of the theme in for good measure.
Say Something pounds and progresses for almost three minutes and gives way to what I assume are the final reels of the movie and I can't comment as such as I might give something away. Let's just say they will add so much to the terror on screen.
Halloween Triumphant is an exceptional excursion into the dark tone the movie obviously possesses and signals the end of a soundtrack that proves to be emotional as well as a celebration of a timely piece of cinema.
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