John Carpenter on returning to "Halloween"

The prolonged list of cinema he’s destined has struck fear into the hearts of millions – but it’s John Carpenter’s thesis music that sends a chill up many a spine, too.  With the Lee Cowan we conduct into the mind of a low-pitched master of horror.

Even on a splendid Southern California day, an differently contented residence feels sinister — interjection to that hauntingly informed thesis echoing from somewhere inside.

John Carpenter was just a few years out of USC’s film school when he stoical it to supplement symphonic rancour to his classic, “Halloween.”

To hear an mention from John Carpenter’s thesis from “Halloween” click on the audio player below:

Cowan said, “It’s that arrange of exercise and the assembly is kind of watchful for something to change.”

“It’s putting you on your nerves,’ pronounced Carpenter. “Like, ‘What is going on? Let’s get this thing changing. Come on, now! Stop this repeating over and over and over again!'”

“‘It’s pushing me crazy!'”

“That’s it!”


Horror filmmaker John Carpenter plays his thesis for “Halloween” for match Lee Cowan.

He seems soft adequate at 69, but remember, Carpenter also wrote and destined the film, too — unleashing Michael Myers to the world.


The torpedo Michael Myers in the strange “Halloween.”

“I wanted the assembly not to know either he was human or supernatural,” Carpenter said. “He had no character. He was blank. He was simply evil. 

“He’s like the wind, he’s out there. He’s gonna get you.”

“And that’s what’s the many terrifying,” pronounced Cowan.

“Oh hell, yeah. Oh yeah. It’s what you don’t know about, what you can’t see is out there.” 

Released almost 40 years ago, “Halloween” not only launched Jamie Lee Curtis to stardom; it done Carpenter the aristocrat of things that go strike in the night.

“I was just this child with prolonged hair trying to make a film with a garland of lovable actresses, that’s all,” he said.

“But demeanour what came out of it, though.”

“Yeah, it’s great. we was lucky. It was fun. God, it was fun.”

The critics weren’t eager at first, but universe of mouth shortly spread, and it became one of the many essential eccentric films of its time

“I went to New York, we remember this famous screening where we got to lay outward and listen to the assembly roar at ‘Halloween.’ It was like a symphony. It was the many pleasing thing I’ve ever heard. They screamed at all the places we wanted them to scream. And we thought, ‘Oh man, that’s something!'”

There have been so many “Halloween” sequels it’s tough to count. Carpenter pronounced his strange thought was to never make a supplement to the original. “No story left. There was zero left to say. Boy, was we wrong!” he laughed.

Carpenter is prolonged past being asked what scares him, but he always seemed to daub into what frightened us — either it was death sneaking in “The Fog,” a hexed Plymouth in “Christine,” or immorality awakened in “Prince of Darkness.”

And he stoical the themes for all.

“I mean, for many people directing a film is adequate work, let along scoring one on top of that,” pronounced Cowan.

“That’s correct. Shows how foolish we am!” Carpenter laughed.

In fact, there are so many, he’s put them on a new film thesis manuscript called “Anthology” — and he’s about to conduct out on tour. 

Despite it all, he has one some-more measure nonetheless to write — the one to what he insists will be the LAST “Halloween” sequel. He’s executive producing, and he’s bringing Jamie Lee Curtis back as well. 

He refused to give divided anything (“No, I’m not going to give you anything! No, no no no!”), but finally offering this: “It’s sanctimonious the other sequels didn’t happen.”

It’s tough to take a classical and make it better, but if anyone can, it’s John Carpenter who, like his name implies, builds the scariest moments piece-by-piece, but lets the imagination drive the spike in the coffin.

To watch the strange trailer from “Halloween” click on the video player below:

“Halloween” 1978 Original Movie Trailer (HD) by
Miguel Olivas on

For some-more info:

  • “Halloween” (1978) accessible on DVD and Blu-Ray, and via Digital Download
  • “Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998” by John Carpenter (Sacred Bones), accessible on CD (Amazon), Vinyl (Amazon), Digital Download (Amazon, iTunes) and Streaming (Amazon, Apple Music and Spotify)
  • John Carpenter “Anthology” tour dates
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