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Listen to Nine Inch Nails’ Cover of John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Theme!

Earlier this morning we told you that Amazon had listed tomorrow as the release date for a cover of John Carpenter‘s Halloween theme by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, the duo who make up Nine Inch Nails. There was even a sample of the 8-minute long track that may or may not be included on Carpenter’s forthcoming greatest hits album due Oct. 20.

The track has now been officially released everywhere by Sacred Bones/Null Corporation.

“I clearly remember my friends and I at 13 years old conning our parents into letting us see Halloween when it came out in 1978,” Reznor stated. “We left the theater forever changed. We were damaged and scarred, with the shit genuinely scared out of us and that theme stuck firmly in our heads. John Carpenter, it’s your fault that I turned out the way I did.”

Speaking about the new version, John Carpenter states, “Moody and dark, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ version of Halloween does amazing justice to the original. I’m impressed.”

John Carpenter Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 brings together 13 classic themes from Carpenter’s illustrious career together on one volume for the first time. Each theme has been newly recorded with the same collaborators that Carpenter worked with on his hit Lost Themes studio albums: his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies.

On the new album, Carpenter is joined by the musicians that accompanied him on his last two releases and subsequent tours: his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel DaviesAnthology…is a near-comprehensive survey of John Carpenter’s greatest themes, from his very first movie (the no-budget sci-fi film Dark Star) to 1998’s supernatural Western, Vampires. Those sit alongside the driving, Led Zeppelin-influenced Assault on Precinct 13 theme, Halloween‘s iconic 5/4 piano riff, and the eerie synth work of The Fog. Carpenter and his band also cover Ennio Morricone’s bleak, minimalist theme for The Thing.



  • Bloodspatta

    OMG this is fucking amazing. This is Atticus. He’s breathing new life into everything with NIN.

    • Ocelot006 .

      I don’t know how much Atticus really adds. That doc on The Social Network made him look like an assistant and Reznor is just a very generous man to give him co-credit.

  • Demonizer


  • Neat but too long.

  • Shane Scully

    Crap. 8 minutes of noise. Skip this and listen to John Carpenter’s redux version. That’s the best rendition of the theme I’ve ever heard (aside from the too heavy bass beat.)

  • Benjamin Crommentuyn

    Oh please, Reznor hasn’t done anything worthwhile since 1994. And besides why fix something if it’s not broke?!?

    • Ocelot006 .

      Is that what you think covers are?

    • David Downs

      *1999 (The Fragile is one of their best albums)

      • Benjamin Crommentuyn

        Hey, everybody has their opinions. I only care for the first two albums and EP. After that Reznor lost his edge in my humble opinion. I wish the man all the best but his output from the last 15 years puts me to sleep.

    • Saturn

      The problem with NIN is that upon a time it was all pretty much down to Reznor, but then he decided to make the band more of a democracy…

      • Azwethinkweiz

        Uh no. That’s a negative. Trent still runs the show. He collaborates with Atticus but hires the band to perform live. You dont know NIN.

        • Saturn

          If I’m wrong I’m wrong – I can admit it.

          • Azwethinkweiz

            Very admirable. It’s all good. I mean no ill will. I personally disagree with most on this thread because I’m a huge fan of Trent and NIN. His story is fascinating to me. He beat all odds…even addiction. He’s a success story. It’s empowering. I still heavily enjoy his music in all forms.

  • BCB

    Didn’t hate it, but didn’t care for it either. It’s just… there.

  • Ocelot006 .

    How about Trent Reznor’s cover of the Jaws theme? Who’s down? Start the petition!

  • thegunshow

    Sounds like “Halloween” and “The Social Network” had a baby.

  • The chicken man

    Am I the only one wondering why this was released on Friday the 13th, and not October 31st?

    • Saturn

      The occult significance of having a F13th and Halloween (13 / 31) in the same month.
      Reznor knows this.

      I know I do.

  • Juan

    You must have shit for brains if you praise this electronic crap more than Rob’s Zombi version. Halloween, Friday the 13, Elm Street, all of 80’s slashers are more than dead, they are completely rotten. Each decade has it’s own fears according to the time’s we were living in. The same happened with Scream or Urban Legends in the 90’s. We need NEW horror icons acording to the problems we have nowadays. AHS Cult for example is a very good example, or The Conjuring, or Get Out, or It Follows, those where very good films.

    • art123guy

      Too each his own. I agree that slasher movies had their time, but so have paranormal ones. You’re right, each decade has it’s own fears. Paranormal Activity changed the face of horror in 2007 and all we’ve seen since are movies about evil ghosts and spirits. It’s time for a change. As much as I love and enjoy the slasher movies from my youth, I’d like to see creature features get a run for a while.

    • Saturn

      Yes, Conjuring, Get Out and It follows are very good films.
      But so are the original Halloween, Elm St and F13th.
      Don’t piss on the classics to praise the modern.
      It makes you look a fool.

  • J Jett

    the first 56 seconds of this track is pointless. it’s just nothing. i don’t dislike this version but it’s mainly because the song ITSELF is perfection. imo it’d be really REALLY difficult to make this piece of music from Carpenter sound bad. it’s nearly impossible. this NIN track is so similar-ish (in parts of it) to the original H2. it’s not at all bad but it feels like “WHY BOTHER? WE ALREADY HAVE THE ORIGINAL VERSIONS”.

  • Josh Evans

    *casually mentions how much NiN sucks and how amazing Skinny Puppy is*

    • Saturn

      Although I disagree that NIN suck I do agree that SP are amazing.

      • CaptainBlake

        My 18 year old self would never have believed that, one day in the far, far future, both Ogre from Skinny Puppy and NIN would cover/remix John Carpenter. Now if Carpenter would only do a remix of Skinny Puppy’s ‘Harsh Stone White’ or ‘Nature’s Revenge’, life would be complete.

    • Werewolf

      You must have subconsciously noticed the muffled bass progression they ripped off from the Hardset Head intro riff starting at 6:33.

      It’s faint, but it’s there.

  • DukeStKing

    I like it!

  • Skip to 0:46 and start

    • Strike that forward to 5:50 to hear what Trent did with it

  • Jeff Colico


  • Brey Compton Arriaga

    It should totally be playin’ in the reboot, nice job, loved it!!!

  • Dr. Sam “Looney” Loomis

    Ross has little talent and dragged Reznor down, IMO. Listen to his “theme” for Fear the Walking Dead. Like a digital puke-belch in slo-mo.

    • zombie84_41

      Ross blows.

    • Kangaroo Be Stoned

      I love their collaborations for The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Gone Girl.

      • Dr. Sam “Looney” Loomis

        To me, all their soundtracks sound like they came from the same recording sessions. But, to each his own.

  • I imagine that this is what Michael Myers would jam to, on the dancefloor.

  • Tadeusz Lorenzo Potocki

    Awesome. When Trent doesn’t sing. It always sounds awesome. Giod Job.

  • IWC-3PO

    Me no likey.

  • Hank_Scorpio

    It’s Nine Inch Nails Noise with some Halloween Theme mixed in…..

  • Metalive Evilatem

    Celldweller did it better.

    • Saturn

      Quick and to the point.

    • Gordon Grainger

      Sucks ass

  • Billy Kirkus

    Absolutely sucks! Trent…your idol is Al Jorgensen….remember?

  • zombie84_41

    It was meh.

  • G.A. McGillivray

    I loved it… until the actual theme from Halloween was played… Up until then it was atmospheric and brooding….

  • I Am Colossus

    Truly, the atmosphere and build up are great…the tones are good and reminiscent of past NIN. I like this alot…but the breakdown and industrial jam at the end only lasts for a minute in an 8 min. song…that makes it totally pointless….but it’s cool

  • Ashley Baez Keels

    I liked it alot…..if you are doing a remake you mines well go all out : )

  • abyx34
  • American Atheist

    That was absolutely pointless. Lol.

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