‘Tis the month of Halloween, the festival in which the same old scary, plastic products are rolled out of warehouses and peddled for the occasion. Traditionalists Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross do their part by rereleasing their high-octane rework of John Carpenter’s Halloween theme - all the more appropriate given the titular slasher sequel currently doing the rounds!
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7/10 Richard Customer review, 31st October 2018
The rating given doesn't really reflect the brilliance of the music contained within this 12". There is no doubt that John Carpenter's 'Halloween' theme marked a significant shift in the scores used in horror in the late 70s into the 80s, but do we really need another release to remind us of this? Alongside the original score reissue on Death Waltz, the new film's OST, and the version found on the recent 'Anthology' collection it's a pricey time to be a Carpenter collector.
What you get here are two tracks. The Carpenter version lifted from the 'Anthology' release, and a great remix from Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor, who have released some excellent soundtrack work of their own of late. The remix starts off with a low drone that builds suspense, before stretching out the piano motif and creating a slow sense of doom. It really is intense. Two minutes in and we arrive in familiar territory, with the pace equal to the Carpenter version before things get heavy and then we are dropped into a sound that appears to mimic sick angels wailing into the abyss. The piano motif returns once more and builds again into a punishing crescendo similar to Reznor's work with NIN. Bonkers.
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