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 Davies. Anthology…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.