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John Carpenter announces new 'Halloween' OST, shares new song

John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies have announced the release of their original soundtrack for the upcoming slasher movie Halloween Kills. Entitled Halloween Kills (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), the album will drop on October 15, the same day as the film’s release. It will be issued through the New York indie label, Sacred Bones. The album features the new song ‘Unkillable’, a highly nightmarish and oppressive piece of music that perfectly fits the atmosphere of the Halloween franchise.

John Carpenter is iconic for his sinister compositions. He has soundtracked some of our favourite chillers, including Christine and The Fog. However, he is most synonymous with the Halloween franchise and has soundtracked the franchise’s most iconic entry’s, including the original 1978 film.

The new track features the original soundtrack’s iconic motif. Consequently, the YouTube description of ‘Unkillable’ reads: “It’s just five notes plucked out on a piano, so sparsely arranged that it feels like barely more than a sketch, so simple that an untrained player can easily pick it up, but it’s one of cinema’s greatest musical accomplishments”.

Speaking of the original 1978 theme, it “has embodied slasher-stalker anxiety for generations of filmgoers, and woven itself so into pop culture that it’s become musical shorthand for the entire horror genre. And like the seemingly unkillable Michael Myers, it’s back once again.”

Famously, John Carpenter was also the original director of the original Halloween trilogy. In a much-publicised return to the franchise, he soundtracked 2018’s Halloween. It was his first time since 1982’s Halloween III. The 2018 offering was a triumphant return to form for the franchise which had long since lost its way. It has got audiences excited for this year’s follow-up in which the iconic characters “hunt Michael down, once and for all.”

Listen to ‘Unkillable’, below.