Consequence of Sound has named John Carpenter Composer of the Year for creating the revamped soundtrack for 2018’s record-breaking slasher sensation, Halloween. A sequel to the original Halloween, which Carpenter released in 1978, the Master of Horror’s participation in director David Gordon Green’s sequel went a long way towards legitimizing the project.
The announcement was accompanied by an extensive interview Carpenter gave to CoS correspondent Michael Roffman. It reveals that the seminal filmmaker was more than just the new Halloween’s composer and producer—everything had to receive his stamp of approval. Though Green deserves credit for his vision, Carpenter was something of a spiritual director and his presence loomed large, even when he wasn’t on set.
Here’s how Carpenter described his relationship with the Halloween franchise over the past 40 years, and what made this project special:
Well, you know, you’ve got to realize, many sequels of varying quality have been made over the years, and they’ve been made for basically one reason only, and that’s to make money — and some of them are pretty, pretty wretched. I’ve just gotten used to it, you know? “Well, they’re gonna do it again, so…” and I hide my head, and sometimes it’s good, but more than not, it’s not good. That was my relationship, and I wasn’t expecting anything from it.
Then Jason Blum, who’s Mr. Horror these days, he called me up and said, “Hey, let’s get together,” so we met, and he said, “Well, the sequels, this is gonna be made, whether we are involved or not, so why don’t we do it together? Why don’t we get aboard?” He wanted me to shepherd it through, kind of a quality control, I guess. I don’t know why.
And, you know, “Let’s find a good director, let’s do it.” And so, that was the premise by which we started. I said, okay. And then David Gordon Green came along — and Danny McBride — and they had a great story, and it was just a great idea. And it appealed to me, and it appealed to my … I have to admit, it appealed to my ego.
The interview is epic in length and scope and absolutely worthy of reading in its entirety, HERE.
If you missed Halloween when it was in theaters, you’ll be able to pick up a Blu-ray/DVD beginning January 18th. Give the synopsis and trailer a spin below.
It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, she’s ready for him.