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John Carpenter Talks Scoring His Films

In a lengthy yet awesome interview conducted on Noisey, legendary horror director/composer John Carpenter opens up about scoring a lot of the films he worked on, including Halloween, Big Trouble In Little China, and more.

When asked what score was the most fun, Carpenter replied, “I really enjoyed working on the score for Big Trouble In Little China—that was a lot of fun. Additionally I enjoyed the Prince of Darkness score, some of the later scores I did were really fun. When you have everything all hooked up, you have the film in front of you and the synths and you have a choice of sounds. That’s the most fun.

It’s a really interesting interview as it delves into the mind of Carpenter from an angle that doesn’t get a lot of notice. You can read it at the above link.



  • djblack1313

    of course i love the (original films) HALLOWEEN 1 & 2 scores but Carpenter’s THE FOG is my favorite score from him. THE WARD would have benefited from having a Carpenter score with it.

    • JonathanBarkan

      The Fog is fantastic!!! The vinyl reissue from Death Waltz is incredible.

      • djblack1313

        God, i miss LP’s/vinyl! i grew up in the 70’s and vinyl (and tape) was all i had!

        • JonathanBarkan

          They’re making a really big comeback. It’s very worth it to check ’em out!

  • STRIK9

    Carpenter is my favorite director of all time,hands down.The fact that he scored most of those classic films along with everything else,only confirms his genius.Nobody in Hollywood has come even close to achieving and influencing like he has,and nobody ever will. Yeah,’The Fog’ is his best score, but they are all great really.

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