John Carpenter has revealed, via social media, that Waxwork Records & Sacred Bones Records will have the official Halloween (2018) motion picture soundtrack as a single-LP vinyl. The score was composed by Carpenter, who composed & directed the original film, alongside his son Cody and Daniel Davies.
Davies said: “We wanted to honor the original Halloween soundtrack in terms of the sounds we used. We used a lot of the Dave Smith OB-6, bowed guitar, Roland Juno, Korg, Roli, Moog, Roland System 1, Roland System 8, different guitar pedals, mellotron, and piano.”
Carpenter added: “It was great. It was transforming. It was not a movie I directed, so I had a lot of freedom in creating the score and getting into the director’s head. I was proud to serve David Gordon Green’s vision.”
In all, there are four versions of the soundtrack available. Sacred Bones is offering a trio of options, starting with the standard edition black LP for just $19:
The company also has a limited edition orange version for $22:
Finally, there’s the limited art edition, featuring a clear LP with orange swirl, a special variant cover & poster by artist Chris Bilheimer for $26:
Meanwhile, Waxwork Records is offering the single LP soundtrack in stunning “Michael Myers” (blood red, white mask, and blue jumpsuit) vinyl for $25:
While the Halloween (2018) official motion picture vinyl soundtrack won’t be released until the film premieres in theaters on Friday, October 19th, it’s now available on preorder:
The new soundtrack pays homage to the classic Halloween score that Carpenter composed and recorded in 1978, when he forever changed the course of horror cinema and synthesizer music with his low-budget masterpiece. Several new versions of the iconic main theme serve as the pulse of Green’s film, its familiar 5/4 refrain stabbing through the soundtrack like the Shape’s knife. The rest of the soundtrack is equally enthralling, incorporating everything from atmospheric synth whooshes to eerie piano-driven pieces to skittering electronic percussion. While the new score was made with a few more resources than Carpenter’s famously shoestring original, its musical spirit was preserved.