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Waxwork Records Releasing Soundtracks for John Carpenter’s THE THING + LOST CUES: THE THING

Waxwork Records are back with some solid releases coming out this Thursday, April 9th at 10amEST!

Waxwork is releasing the soundtrack to 1982’s sci-fi horror classic, John Carpenter’s The Thing. Composed by the legendary Ennio Morricone, the soundtrack to The Thing is a landmark film score that is cold, dark, minimal, and effective. The soundtracks are out on May 5 and will be available for pre-order this Thursday, April 9th.

Considered to be John Carpenter’s directorial masterpiece, The Thing is now praised as one of the greatest films of its genre by both fans and critics. Starring Kurt Russel and A. Wilford Brimley, The Thing follows a team of researchers in Antarctica as they are infiltrated by a parasitic extraterrestrial life form that assimilates other organisms and then imitates them. The classic soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone effectively captures the cold, isolated tone of the story and film, and marks one of the few John Carpenter directed films that Carpenter did not score himself.

Features include the complete score Ennio Morricone re-mastered from the original master tapes, 180 Gram “Blood Sample” colored vinyl, artwork by Phantom City Creative, deluxe heavyweight packaging including satin coated old-style gatefold jackets with UV spot-gloss, and an an 11” x 22” poster.

John Carpenter’s The Thing Original Score By Ennio Morricone Features:

  • 180 Gram “Blood Sample” Colored Vinyl (Crystal Clear & Blood Red Color in Color Effect w/ Blood Red Splatter)
  • Satin Coated Old-Style Gatefold Jacket with UV Spot-Gloss
  • 11” x 22” Poster
  • Artwork By Phantom City Creative

Also coming Thursday from Waxwork (in partnership with Sacred Bone Records) is the release of John Carpenter’s Lost Cues: The Thing. Composed and performed by director John Carpenter and including performances by Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies, Lost Cues: The Thing features unreleased musical cues from the 1982 alien-horror movie masterpiece, The Thing.

“Ennio Morricone composed the magnificent score for my movie The Thing,” says Carpenter. “Because we weren’t finished editing the movie, Ennio had to score without seeing a complete picture. When we put everything together, there were gaps dramatically where I would have wanted music. So I went off and scored a couple of simple pieces that filled in.”

The original masters featuring these bonus cues from 1982’s The Thing have been lost to time. In 2019, Waxwork Records teamed with Sacred Bones Records, approached John Carpenter about a release of this music, and he graciously agreed to faithfully perform and re-record the tracks for a special vinyl 12” EP featuring his son, Cody Carpenter, and the outstanding multi-instrumentalist and co-collaborator Daniel Davies.

Lost Cues: The Thing Waxwork Records Variant:

  •  The Lost, Unreleased Musical Cues By John Carpenter From 1982’s THE THING
  • 180 Gram “Arctic Splatter” Colored Vinyl (Electric Blue w/ Cyan Splatter)
  • Satin Coated Old-Style Gatefold Jacket
  • Artwork By Phantom City Creative

Purchase both as a bundle now, HERE.

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Written by Josh Millican

Josh Millican is the Editor in Chief at Dread Central.

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