It’s always interesting to see what happens when two very strong creative minds collide. Whether it happens in the world of movies or music. In the latest case it’s Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross sharing their very own vision for John Carpenter’s iconic “Halloween Theme”. As one would expect, this new version isn’t as catchy as Carpenter’s original composition. Released though Sacred Bones Records on October 13, Reznor’s eight minute long version begins with a collage of distorted synths and ambient noises, while the “Halloween Theme” slowly builds itself up in the background. After that, we might get the darkest and most twisted version of the Carpenter’s music since Tyler Bate’s reinterpretation of the “Halloween Theme” in 2007. While the middle of the track basically features the classic arrangement, shit really hits the fan in the end, when a hard-hitting beat kicks in and Reznor’s synths explode in your face.
Reznor and Ross, the two driving forces behind Nine Inch Nails, first brought their unique music to the world of movies in 2010, when they did the score for David Fincher’s The Social Network. The duo continued to compose music for the screen in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Gone Girl (2014) and Patriots Day (2016). John Carpenter on the other hand left Hollywood and found a second career as a musician, with albums like Lost Themes (2015) and Lost Themes II (2016), and by bringing his iconic movie themes to the stage.