The theme from Halloween scared the hell out of me the first time I saw the movie (under the right circumstances it still gives me a shiver). Carpenter’s writing, directing, and composing credits contributed to a collection of movies that helped set a standard for others to aspire to. I’ve been listening to John Carpenter Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998) for the past few days and I find myself slipping through time (in a sentimental sort of way) each time I press play.
Part of John Carpenter’s success as a movie maker can be attributed to the scores he created for such classics as Halloween and The Fog. Carpenter’s scores can also be heard on cult classics such as Escape From New York and Big Trouble in Little China. For fans of John Carpenter the scores may as well be considered part of the dialogue. John Carpenter Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998) is not just a collection of highlights from some of his various movies (download soundtracks if that’s what you want). This album is a re-imagining of some of his most iconic themes. These themes possess a contemporary sound while still remaining faithful to the original recordings. It is at this intersection of modern and classic that you can find yourself traveling through time (while wearing a Pork Chop Express t-shirt).
If you, like me, have memories of going to the theater to see Big Trouble in Little China or remember renting Halloween on VHS then this album is worth a listen. The themes on this album have an uncanny ability to get you thinking about the original soundtrack, the movie, and your first viewing. Press play on any of the thirteen tracks and you’ll find yourself hovering between the now and the then.