Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross' share cover of John Carpenter's 'Halloween' theme

Angelo Anderson
October 13, 2017

Nine Inch Nails' frontman Trent Reznor and regular collaborator Atticus Ross have recorded a rework of the theme from John Carpenter's 1978 film Halloween.

In case you haven't noticed today is Friday the 13th.in the month of Hallowe'en, no less.

As the director and composer behind dozens of classic movies, Carpenter has established a reputation as one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of modern cinema, and equally, one of its best and most influential musicians.

Reznor and Finch recorded their version of the track in celebration of a collection of a new John Carpenter album entitled Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, which includes 13 newly-recorded versions of his movie themes realised by Carpenter, his son Cody and godson Daniel Davies.

At the 4:40 mark, Reznor and Ross take over again with creepy-crawly noises that are flawless for, well, Halloween, before hints of Carpenter's simple, unforgettable hook returns and the musicians introduce a driving electro-beat. We left the theater forever changed. We were damaged and scarred, with the s- genuinely scared out of us and that theme stuck firmly in our heads.


John Carpenter's scores for the first three Halloween films are fantastically phantasmagorical, slipping into that space between wonder and terror like spiked walls closing around your doom. Get backstage sneak peeks and a true view into our world as the fun and games unfold.

It's Friday the 13, it's October, and were pretty damn close to Halloween.

Pick up the duo's version of the "Halloween" theme and Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 on Amazon.

There's something incredibly creepy about the simplicity of the original 1978 Halloween theme song.

In the weeks following the album's release, Carpenter will hit the road again, playing both his well known movie themes and material from his two Lost Themes albums.

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