Being a certified gearhead, I've always had a particular affinity for John Carpenter's Christine and its bright red murder machine, and believe it's absolutely one of his better films. Plus, it's Carpenter paired with the 1982 novel of Stephen King!
Carpenter is rolling out a new compilation album titled, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, on October 20 through Sacred Bones Records, filled with an eerie assortment of 13 remastered scores from Christine, Dark Star, Prince of Darkness, The Fog, In the Mouth of Madness, Vampires, Big Trouble In Little China and six more.
Here's the official press release;
Anthology is a near-comprehensive survey of John Carpenter’s greatest themes, from his very first movie, the no-budget sci-fi film Dark Star, to 1998’s supernatural Western, Vampires. Those sit alongside the driving, Led Zeppelin-influenced Assault on Precinct 13 theme, Halloween’s iconic 5/4 piano riff, and the eerie synth work of The Fog. Carpenter and his band also cover Ennio Morricone’s bleak, minimalist theme for The Thing. (“I asked Morricone to please compose something with a very few notes,” Carpenter says. “And brilliantly, he did.”)
We also get vital new recordings of the themes to ’80s classics and fan favorites Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York, Christine, and They Live, along with the romantic Starman, which earned Jeff Bridges his first Oscar nomination as a lead actor. The collection is rounded out by the menacing, heavy themes to Prince of Darkness and In the Mouth of Madness, the latter a Metallica-inspired riff originally played for the film by Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, and now played by his son Daniel.
In anticipation of the album's release, Carpenter has chosen Christine to direct a new music video spotlighting that sinister sedan. It's a simple but scary vignette of a lone woman having car trouble on a dark side street in L.A. when his notorious 1958 Plymouth Fury seemingly cruises in for the kill.
Take it for a spin and tell us if you'll steer your way into stores to pick up Carpenter's new rerecorded collection next month on Standard LP, Limited Edition LP, Deluxe Limited Edition LP, or CD.
Seeing Carpenter behind the camera again brings a geeky chill to my bones! See if it doesn't elicit a similar response.
(Via Bloody Disgusting)