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John Carpenter brought his trademark synth to Shudder's theme song

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Oct 30, 2018

Of all the streaming options available to film fans, Shudder is perhaps the one with the most fandom cred (especially now that FilmStruck, the Criterion-based service is coming to a close). The closely-curated horror service from AMC recently brought back community legend Joe Bob Briggs to host a marathon and is following that feat up with a theme song composed by director/composer king John Carpenter.

The sequel/reboot of Carpenter’s Halloween is making a boom at the box office and the septuagenarian has never shied away from putting more and more work out into the world, but his musical side has taken precedence since his last feature effort back in 2010, The Ward. He’s toured as a musician, worked on the new Halloween’s soundtrack, and composed the theme song for the cult TV hit Zoo — and now he’s got some synth-heavy thrums for the spookiest streaming service out there.

Shudder GM Craig Engler told SYFY WIRE, "when our logo plays in front of movies and shows, we wanted to have a signature sound to go with it so you'd know you were about to have a Shudder experience." Getting Carpenter was obviously a no-brainer.

"We made a wish list of who we'd want to create that sound, and John Carpenter was at the top of the list," Engler said. "There is no one who's created more iconic horror themes than John. We reached out to him, not knowing what he'd think, and we were surprised and delighted that he was really enthusiastic about it."

"He and his team created several themes, and we narrowed it down from there to one everyone loved. And from that two minute theme we have a 5 second segment that runs with our logo." And that two minute theme is one killer track.

Take a listen:

Sounds like Ennio Morricone’s score for The Thing is bringing some of its haunted Blue Man Group vibes to the service, which will often implement the theme through that five-second clip beginning on Halloween. This kind of thing:

Very moody, right? And much more fitting than Netflix’s newly-implemented holiday scream sound effect that’s been replacing it’s "da-dum" lately. What do you think about the theme? Should all streaming services get real music?

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