In less than two months we will be returning to Haddonfield, Illinois where Michael Myers wreaked havoc on the town in so many films. Most recently is David Gordon Green’s Halloween. His series picks up after John Carpenter’s original from 1978, 40 years later. Myers is being transferred to another psychiatric facility when he makes his escape, returning to Haddonfield to find the one that got away, Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode. Of course there’s a hell of a bloody trail in Myers’ wake getting to her.
I feel Green gave us fans something to savor, as fans of cinema and horror alike got something from his return to Haddonfield. And on October 15th we head back for Green’s second film in his triology of Halloween films, titled Halloween Kills. Returning to the fold once again for the score is maestro John Carpenter, along with son Cody and musician/composer Daniel Davies. The three of them gave us a hell of a score for the first film, and from track “Unkillable” off of their Halloween Kills score I’d say they once again went all out for this one.
This track has a truly frantic nature. The tense, anxiety-inducing piano with the heartbeat rhythm which feels like panic rising, and the subtle odes to Carpenter’s original theme music acts as both a reminder to where we’re heading back, as well as new territory we’re about to discover.
I absolutely love John Carpenter’s musical works since his Lost Themes debuted in 2015. He sounds like an artist reinvigorated, and his work in Green’s Halloween films is nothing short of brilliant. The collaboration between Carpenter, son Cody, and Daniel Davies has come together so well. “Unkillable” sees that collaboration growing, with three composers upping their game and expanding the sonic world of Michael Myers, Laurie Strode, and Carpenter himself.
‘Halloween Kills’ arrives October 15th, as does John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies’ score via Sacred Bones Records. Listen to “Unkillable” below, and preorder the album on vinyl, CD, and cassette here.