John Carpenter Picks ‘Perfect’ Songs For ‘Halloween Sound’ – Hollywood Life

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Ugh! Its Halloween! During October, HollywoodLife is active Sounds of Halloween, where some of your favorite masterpieces in music, film, television and pop culture choose the songs that should be on your Halloween 2022 playlist. Today, it’s the legendary director and composer John Carpenterthe man behind the original Halloween movies and points for the latest part, Halloween is over.

“So we have ‘Monster Mash,’ we have ‘Thriller.’ Those are obvious things, right? ” John Carpenter tell HollywoodLife when discussing song choices for Sounds of Halloween playlist. As a filmmaker, Carpenter helped revolutionize the horror genre with original Halloween movie in 1978 and horror/sci-fi classics like The Thing, Prince of Darkness, and In The Mouth Of Madness. Carpenter is also well known as a film composer, creating iconic themes and soundtracks that constantly make us shiver.

John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davis (Sophie Gransard)

The soundtrack Carpenter made for the film – from Fog arrive Escape from New York arrive Christine come near Halloween movie trilogy – just as memorable as the flickering scenes on the screen. Even though he’s not behind the camera for David Gordon Green-Command Halloween is overCarpenter’s presence is felt throughout, thanks to the original score he created with his son, Carpenter Codyand godson, Daniel Davis.

“I’m working with my son and godchild, which is unbelievable,” he said HollywoodLife. “We make albums together, we tour together, we score together. And this is like the second act in my life. My first love was a director – Never got over it. Some of the baggage going in there was a bit difficult, but now I’m happy. That’s great. The greatest man. I didn’t expect that at all.”

So it makes sense that John would be the ideal person to consult on creating a Halloween playlist.

“I get it,” he said HollywoodLife after weighing your options. “The perfect Halloween song is ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper,’ by Green Oyster Cult. As a matter of fact, it is in Halloween“He said, referring to Halloween is overlatest – and possibly last – entry in Halloween franchise, one that Carpenter recorded himself. “I love that song,” he said of the BOC hit. “I believe I heard that song in 777. And I thought, ‘this is the scariest song I’ve ever heard in my life. Rub! ‘ Although the members of the Blue Oyster Cult insisted it wasn’t [scary.]. “

Musicians though BOC Bob Dharma speak it’s a love song, Carpenters don’t buy that. “What nonsense,” he said with the wisdom of someone who had been around the block. “But anyway, it doesn’t matter. All is good. “

Another song that floated around the crew when Carpenter heard “Don’t Fear The Reaper” was “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon. In previous interviews, Carpenter said that Peter Fonda introduced Zevon to the party and the songwriter revealed that he originally wrote it for Everly Brothers, who transmitted it. “Now you are talking,” he said HL. “’Werewolves of London’ is amazing. The lyrics are very funny. God, it’s so amazing.”

But no Halloween playlist would be complete without a song by John Carpenter. The original “Halloween” theme is being rotated a lot this time of year, but when asked what to add in 2022 Sounds of Halloweenhe pointed to the new Halloween is over point, out today (October 14).

“Any song you want to pick – I think today we’ll have a second single called ‘The Junk Yard.’ I would say that’s a good representation,” said John Carpenter. “Or the first single, ‘The Procession.’ Either one.”

Halloween is over aims to do just that: bring a conclusion to Laurie Strode’s story (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers began in 1978. With this being the end of their story, did John Carpenter feel any emotion in scoring this movie? “No, no,” he said plainly. “You see, for me, the end of the Lori Strode story took place in 1978. It was revived by myself and others, but it wasn’t the first time. The first one is my crush, but this person is really amazing. Really.”

The same can be said for John’s musical partners, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davis. “They’re happy with the pay, but it’s a job,” says John Carpenter. “We work hard. That’s all. We go through the movie – this is our job and we try to please the director. Personally, I try – I don’t want to have it. emotionally tied to what I’m doing. I want to provide what it takes to make the movie better, enhance the visuals and enhance the character. So that’s the job that I have.”

The veteran filmmaker said: “You see, one of our jobs, and no one told me this when I started, is to stay flashy. “Makes things flashy but it’s not real. … I already know that. I’ve let everyone down, but I can’t. There’s nothing glamorous about it. Listen, I’m sitting on the glacier in the middle of the night waiting for the explosion [in The Thing]. It’s freezing cold. The snow fell on me and I thought, ‘what am I doing? There’s nothing glamorous about it. “

“It’s hard work,” he added. “All art I think is like that. Music is fun, but it’s also hard work. ” Carpenter says he “loves the process and I do it – all of which is great, but Come on. I mean, every job is a job.”

(Sophie Gransard)

When not working, John Carpenter enjoys life as a video gamer and watching the NBA. “Well, I have two teams. My main team is the Golden State Warriors, and my second favorite is the Milwaukee Bucks,” he said. Unfortunately, the Warriors are not scheduled to play on October 31 (they play the next day, against the Miami Heat.) If they play on Halloween, what song does Carpenter want the team to release?

“Well,” Halloween, he said. “That would be great. That’s what Kobe Bryant used to listen. Do you know this story? Before the game, he will listen to Halloween theme repeat and keep him focused. He wants to be like Michael Myers. Just a basketball machine. And that’s what he was – like bang! “

However Halloween Coming to an end with this new film, John Carpenter will continue to make music. Perhaps, there is a Alice Cooper future cooperation? John worked with Alice on dark Princeand while Mr. Cooper did not provide a song for Halloween movie, he wrote a famous song for another killer icon – Jason Voorhees’ Friday the 13th Franchising. Cooper wrote “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” for Friday The VI: Jason lives.

When he came up with the idea of ​​collaborating with Alice Cooper on a musical project, John Carpenter seemed open to the idea. “I didn’t even think about it,” he said. I should rethink that. That’s a good idea. No, I haven’t talked to Alice in quite some time, but he still rushes off, I think. Well, nice guy. I really like him.”

John Carpenter Halloween is over Scores are out today, October 14. Halloween is over also available on Peacock.


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