Sacred Bones Records will release the official soundtrack album for Halloween Kills this October on the same day the highly anticipated sequel arrives in theaters, and a second track, called “Rampage”, has just dropped and is available to listen to online right now!
The track goes from menacing and foreboding to all-out brutality in just under four minutes, and is unmistakably John Carpenter, with hints of the original Halloween theme amid new sounds of fury that seem to mimic the psychosis happening inside Michael Myers’ brain.
This new single release precedes tonight’s (9/8/21) world premiere screening of Halloween Kills at the Venice Film Festival. Keep watching this site for the first audience reactions out of that premiere event later today.
The Halloween Kills soundtrack will be released on October 15, when the film is also scheduled to open in theaters.
You can pre-order the Halloween Kills soundtrack digital version via Amazon here, and you can pre-order the vinyl physical release on a variety of different colors, or on CD or cassette tape(!) here. Read on for more info, and view each of the variations below.
Color Vinyl Edition: Orange
Sacred Bones mail-order exclusive art edition version: Edition of 2000 copies, pressed on cloudy clear with red and white splatter color vinyl and housed in alternative art packaging by frequent Carpenter collaborator Chris Bilheimer. ONE PER PERSON LIMIT.
Sacred Bones mail-order exclusive version: Edition of 2000 copies, pressed on molten color vinyl. ONE PER PERSON LIMIT.
Sacred Bones Record Society version: Edition of 150 copies, pressed on flame flicker color vinyl. Comes with an artist curated mix tape. SIGN UP HERE.
From the official announcement: 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. By now, John Carpenter’s hypnotic theme to his 1978 horror masterpiece Halloween 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.
In 2018, Carpenter returned to the franchise his iconic creation spawned for the first time since 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch, erasing the 40 years of sequels and reboots that happened under other filmmakers, and returning the story to his original vision. While directing duties for the new Halloween and its sequels have been turned over to David Gordon Green, Carpenter has stayed on to provide them with their unmistakable sonic identity, as integral to Halloween as Michael Myers’ death’s-face mask and glimmering butcher knife.
Carpenter has been composing and recording his own scores since he created the soundtrack to his first film, 1974’s Dark Star, on a EMS VCS 3 modular synthesizer. While originally a cost-cutting measure, he continued scoring most of his films even after he started making multiplex staples in the 80s and 90s, with the soundtracks to the Halloween series, They Live, and Escape from New York becoming classics in their own right.
Over the past two decades, Carpenter’s directed only one feature (The Ward in 2010), but during that time he’s come to be recognized as much for his musical vision as his filmography. His boldly assertive compositions and pioneering use of synthesizers have inspired musicians in cinema and far beyond. His influence has been felt from the underground to pop radio, and played a foundational role in the modern synthwave movement. Since 2015, Carpenter’s released three albums of original music on Sacred Bones, created alongside Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies, with remixes provided by some of his more notable fans.
Like the film itself, Carpenter’s score to the second installment of the new Halloween trilogy, Halloween Kills, stays true to the spirit of what made the 1978 original great while bringing it firmly into the present. The music is unmistakably Carpenter: the sinister vintage synth tones, the breath-stealing sense of menace that he conjures with just a few dissonant notes. But with a broader sonic palette, new digital techniques at his disposal, and a deeper sense of musicality, the Halloween Kills score is the work of a master artist who nearly 50 years into his career continues to push his creative limits and find new ways to thrill and terrify his fans.
Here’s the full track listing:
01. Logos Kill (1:21)
02. Halloween Kills (Main Title) (1:46)
03. The Myer’s House (0:41)
04. First Attack (0:57)
05. Stand Off (1:41)
06. Let It Burn (1:13)
07. He Appears (0:59)
08. From The Fire (1:18)
09. Strodes At The Hospital (2:25)
10. Cruel Intentions (2:37)
11. Gather The Mob (1:11)
12. Rampage (3:58)
13. Frank And Laurie (1:49)
14. Hallway Madness (1:37)
15. It Needs To Die (6:52)
16. Reflection (1:27)
17. Unkillable (3:44)
18. Payback (2:31)
19. Michael’s Legend (2:36)
20. Halloween Kills (End Titles) (3:08)
Listen to the brand new track “Rampage” below!
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