Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross have a proven track record of creating lush soundscapes for films. Their work, to name a few, has provided the soundtrack for Gone Girl, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and The Social Network, which helped the duo pocket both a Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Their collaborations are strangely beautiful pieces that unravel in tandem with the movies they represent, as if the combining of the two art forms was pure kismet.
The duo’s latest, a brilliant reimagining of “John Carpenter’s Halloween,” was just released and it’s every bit as wowing as their Oscar-winning composition. The neo-“Halloween” theme stalks and taunts you, just like Michael Myers approaching new prey. Its build-up ominously lurks in the shadows at the start, with an airy intro that creates a foreshadowing atmosphere. Soon, the duo brings the noise, creating tension with pulsating beats and added fuzz. The electronic influence and synths are definitely heightened when compared to Carpenter’s, and once that beat kicks in around the 6:30 mark, the track feels so entirely Reznor. Updated in sound, but not in tone, its terrifying core never strays too far from the horror maestro’s original piece. It stands firm as a modernized homage to one of horror’s—nay, film’s—most iconic original scores of all time.
This has to be included on the soundtrack for the new film. Is it too much to ask that the theme remain produced by Reznor and Ross, but with Carpenter scoring the rest? A horror fan can dream.
Check it out below:
John Carpenter’s Halloween by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross To stream or download this track: https://NIN.lnk.to/Halloween John Carpenter’s ‘Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998,’ out October 20 on Sacred Bones Records. Catch John Carpenter on tour now: http://bit.ly/2i8b94p