John Carpenter remembers working with Ennio Morricone on ‘The Thing’
Horror master John Carpenter has been paying tribute to the late, great Ennio Morricone by remembering their collaboration on the 1982 film The Thing.
Morricone, the famed Italian composer, orchestrator and conductor, died in the early hours of Monday morning. It was confirmed that he passed away Rome clinic, a location he was transported to taken following a fall that resulted in a hip fracture.
News of Morricone’s death was confirmed by his lawyer, Giorgio Asumma, who alerted told Italian news agency ANSA.
Reacting to his passing, Carpenter recalled how he took the unusual decision to hire in a composer to create a score for his horror film. Normally one to create his own soundtracks, associate producer Stuart Cohen urged Carpenter to bring in Morricone to focus on his expertise in “experimental music”.
“It was all way too flourishy and ornate,” Carpenter said of Morricone’s initial effort while speaking to IndieWire. “I said to him, ‘Ennio, use less notes.’ And he did. That was the main title theme.”
Carpenter continued: “He added something to it, that I didn’t realise, didn’t ask for. He brought it: this deep, tragic sense that this is the end of things, of everything. Oh my god, it really worked. I was delighted with it. He was a traditional composer but with a layer on top that is difficult to describe. He had the knack.
“The music would go deeper into whatever the movie was, it would bring out something in depth, a theme, a feeling. He was like an X-ray composer. He brought out a part of the theme of the movie that hadn’t been thought of before.”