When your film scores are so iconic that you can take them on the road and tour like a rock star, then they must be good. As such, we can probably all agree that John Carpenter’s scores – The Fog, Escape From New York, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live – are beyond good. But as far as iconography goes, there’s one that stand out above the rest: Halloween.
Since they incorporate the same minimalist theme portending maximus scares, Halloween II and III should probably be considered right up there, as well. But since 1982, when Carpenter attempted a Michael Myers-less anthology take on Halloween III: Season of the Witch, he and his scores have been mostly absent from the franchise, other than that haunting original theme. Until now!
We already knew that Carpenter would be offering guidance on David Gordon Green’s upcoming reboot, which will take place after the events of the first Halloween, and ignores any subsequent franchise lore. But according to a recent interview with Billboard, Carpenter admitted, albeit seemingly reluctantly, that he’ll also be scoring the next film: “I am an executive producer and it looks clear to me that I've made a deal to do the music.”
When pressed further about whether he’ll be updating the original score or creating something wholly new, Carpenter said:
"There are many options. I'll be consulting with the director to see what he feels. I could create a new score, we could update the old score and amplify it, or we could combine those two things. I'll have to see the movie to see what it requires."
With Carpenter back, and Jamie Lee Curtis too, along with Blumhouse producing and Danny McBride writing, there's a lot to be excited and fearful about when Halloween returns around this time next year. Before that though, you can get your fill of Carpenter scores when his new album, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, drops next Friday. And, of course, he’ll be touring in support, because that’s what rock stars do.