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Halloween
(2018)
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Composed, Performed, and Produced by:
John Carpenter
Cody Carpenter
Daniel Davies
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sacred Bones Records
(October 19th, 2018)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you desire a loyal extension of John Carpenter's original Halloween themes and style, their reprises here somewhat stagnant but satisfying nonetheless.

Avoid it... if you demand more than mere production updates to the sound of this music, the score not attempting much evolution to address the elapsed time and development for the lead heroine.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,914
WRITTEN 11/15/18
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Halloween (2018): (John Carpenter/Various) Ignoring the lore of a franchise as extensive as the one spawned by 1978's Halloween is dangerous for any sequel, but writer and director David Gordon Green successfully re-imagined the concept for its tenth sequel, 2018's unimaginatively named Halloween. There's no question the franchise had withered into a laughing stock through the decades, and Green's intent was to ignore all the other sequels and make his entry a direct follow-up to the original "classic." Thus, all the plot points connecting the characters have been reset, an unfortunate but perhaps necessary decision that leads to a cleaner second confrontation between villain Michael Myers and surviving victim Laurie Strode. Forty years after his initial killing spree, the psychopath escapes from confinement, reobtains his mask, and slays a wide variety of innocent civilians in the process of finding and attacking Strode and her descendants. The murders, as per usual, are senseless, disturbing, and illogical, the whole exercise as pointless and stupid as ever. But the return of Jamie Lee Curtis and a few other original actors in cameo roles yielded very positive audience responses that made the 2018 Halloween the most fiscally successful film in the series, predictably launching the immediate planning of another direct sequel. Such is expected so long as dumb characters fail to check the results of their supposedly successful handiwork against Myers. Legendary writer, director, producer, and composer John Carpenter was not only credited with the inspiration of a cult following for the films, but his music played a larger role in defining the slasher genre as well. His original Halloween score was successful in its twisting of the safely suburban piano into a tool of suspense while allowing sparsely dissonant, largely synthetic tones to define the chilling atmosphere. While he scored the first three films, his total departure from the franchise caused him some antipathy towards subsequent sequels. He confesses that he didn't even watch many of them. With the 2018 re-imagining of a sequel, though, Carpenter returned as a consultant and, more interestingly, as composer, aided by his son, Cody Carpenter, and rock-musician godson, Daniel Davies.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 43:29
• 1. Intro (1:14)
• 2. Halloween Theme (3:02)
• 3. Laurie's Theme (0:44)
• 4. Prison Montage (2:46)
• 5. Michael Kills (0:33)
• 6. Michael Kills Again (3:45)
• 7. The Shape Returns (3:32)
• 8. The Bogeyman (1:06)
• 9. The Shape Kills (0:50)
• 10. Laurie Sees the Shape (1:13)
• 11. Wrought Iron Fence (0:47)
• 12. The Shape Hunts Allyson (0:58)
• 13. Allyson Discovered (1:26)
• 14. Say Something (3:02)
• 15. Ray's Goodbye (1:39)
• 16. The Shape is Monumental (1:57)
• 17. The Shape and Laurie Fight (1:54)
• 18. The Grind (1:52)
• 19. Trap the Shape (2:10)
• 20. The Shape Burns (1:31)
• 21. Halloween Triumphant (7:28)

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