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Halloween: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
John Carpenter
Halloween: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
 
The success of the original Halloween launched six sequels, a ravenous decade's worth of imitators, and Hollywood careers for star Jamie Lee Curtis and director John Carpenter. But its budget was a micro one, and director ...  more »

      
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All Artists: John Carpenter
Title: Halloween: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Varese Sarabande
Original Release Date: 10/25/1978
Re-Release Date: 10/25/1990
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
Styles: Comedy & Spoken Word, Holiday & Wedding
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 030206817621, 030206817645, 4005939472306

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The success of the original Halloween launched six sequels, a ravenous decade's worth of imitators, and Hollywood careers for star Jamie Lee Curtis and director John Carpenter. But its budget was a micro one, and director Carpenter managed to save a few bucks by hiring the same composer he'd worked with since his days as a student and struggling indie--himself. Borrowing the staccato rhythmic devices of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells cum Exorcist score, Carpenter overlaid them with a few simple Grand Guignol-esque synth chords and created nothing less than a surprisingly enduring horror classic. Carpenter also gleaned a few hints from Italian prog-rock horror-score kings Goblin, imbuing his simple, synthesizer-based cues with an almost subconscious sense of dread, tension, and impending doom. If the music has become something of a modern cliché, that's only a testament to its continued ability to strike terror in the hearts of listeners. --Jerry McCulley

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CD Reviews

Best in my Collection!
Michael L. Matheny | Byram, MS USA | 10/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love to collect all sorts of scary and suspense film scores and this one is the top in my collection. Like I said before I collect film score cd's. The others i enjoy listening to are the following:

*The Amityville Horror by Lalo Scifrin
*The Exorcist by Various composers
*Psycho by Bernard Herrmann
*Cape Fear by Bernard Herrmann/Elmer Bernstein
*The Others by Alejandro Amenabar
*What Lies Beneath by Alan Silvestri
*Halloween (of course) by John Carpenter

If you enjoy hearing scary and suspense music that is written for films, be sure to check "Halloween" out, plus all of the other cd's that I listed above. You won't be disappointed!"
Good soundtrack
T. Mckim | 10/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'll make my review short so here it is:

If your looking for the original michael myers halloween music look no further, this is indeed the better soundtrack than the special edition one. This soundtrack includes all the music you hear,except Mr.Sandman,from the original halloween film. This soundtrack doesn't have voice clips within the tracks so if you want just the music, buy this soundtrack."
Carpenter's classic score.
Chadwick H. Saxelid | Concord, CA United States | 10/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Carpenter's simplistic score is every bit as famous as John Williams's score for Jaws, probably because it is so rhythmic and easy to remember.This the 1983 remix release supervised by Carpenter and his then partner Alan Howarth, so the music is altered. There is a thumping bass beat beneath the Halloween Theme that did not exist in the original score (but was in the score for the sequel) and the tones are ever so slightly off, the piano not sounding quite as icy as it had in the film.But these are minor quibbles. The music is still classic stuff and this disc is a required one for the director/composer's biggest fans. Highly recommended."