You’re going to be looking over your shoulder every time you play this.
Nine Inch Nails duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have just released an insanely awesome reboot of John Carpenter’s 1978 theme that would follow the serial killer around whenever he was stalking Laurie (or anyone else). That track was what made you get the creeping feeling that someone was not going to come out of this alive, and even when a potential victim escaped “the bogeyman,” it was the closest close call ever.
The 7:40 resurrection of John Carpenter’s Halloween theme is an homage to the original that may have echoed in the back of your skull every time you saw a suspicious station wagon or any guy in a mask. It adds and transforms rather than taking away. The track doesn’t immediately go into those menacing piano notes, but instead uses an atmospheric intro that is like the audio version of the shadows of Haddonfield on Halloween night. Listen to a sample of the track here.
Eerie piano music shrouded in haunted-house special effects follows, escalating until it reaches that signature passage that made you want to shriek and run for your life even if you had every door locked and all the lights on. Then there is the supremely awesome effect of what sounds like organ music in the background. You know, funeral music. And the vaguest shadow of what could be screams. The theme creeps toward a terrifying finale and pulses louder and faster with increasing static that almost deafens and then cuts out into nothingness—as if he got you.
NIN has really nailed the tribute to Carpenter, who is known for the music he’s composed to haunt his own films such as Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch, and will be scoring the next Halloween movie. He is trying to keep the new score shrouded in secrecy for now, though he did mention to Screenrant that he could update the iconic music, add new elements, or create a totally new score.
Add this track to your Halloween playlist and watch for unnerved faces when you turn up the volume at your next costume party. Mask optional.