The legend that is John Carpenter The Director can only be equaled by that of John Carpenter The Composer. After decades away from his masterpiece Halloween (1978), Carpenter returned to score the 2018 sequel of the same name. As you know by now, David Gordon Green and Danny McBride will finish their Halloween trilogy with 2020’s Halloween Kills and 2021’s Halloween Ends. With almost the entire cast and crew returning, no official word came down that Carpenter would once again return score the films. That is, until today, when the master of horror himself broke the news!
In an interview with ComicBook, Carpenter revealed he’s already set to score the new sequels. “I loved it, It was a lot of fun,” Carpenter shared with ComicBook.com when discussing his experience on last year’s sequel, “and I’ll do the score, do a new score. That’s always fun”. Perhaps realizing this clearly wasn’t enough to completely quash the speculation, Carpenter laid it out bluntly, “I’m on board. Lets go”.
For David Gordon Green’s 2018 Halloween, Carpenter joined his son Cody Carpenter and composer Daniel Davies to craft a score universally praised by critics and audiences alike. Aside from the Halloween Theme itself and pieces of The Shape Stalks Laurie, the 2018 soundtrack featured entirely new compositions different from those found in Carpenter’s 1978 original. It’s exciting to note that Carpenter mentions plans to “do a new score”. If it’s anything like the trio’s 2018 work, we are in for a real treat.
On a scale from 10/10, how excited are you for Carpenter’s return for Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends? Are there any pieces you’d like to see make a return from the 1978 score? Let us know your thoughts over on Nightmare on Film Street’s Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit!
The next chapter in the story of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues with Halloween Kills on October 16, 2020. In the meantime, enjoy the awesomeness that is this piece from the 2018 Halloween soundtrack.