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John Carpenter to release new Halloween soundtrack in October

He will also embark on a European tour.

John Carpenter
Credit: Sophie Gransard

John Carpenter has teamed up with Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies for the original score for the forthcoming Halloween movie.

The first in the franchise to feature Carpenter’s involvement since 1982’s Halloween III. Released on 19th October 2018 through Sacred Bones, the same day that the new film arrives in cinemas, the first teaser has been released and you can hear it below:

Titled The Shape Returns, the track is as slice of spine-tingling classic Carpenter.

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Talking about the album Daniel Davies says, “We wanted to honour the original Halloween soundtrack in terms of the sounds we used. We used a lot of the Dave Smith OB-6, bowed guitar, Roland Juno, Korg, Roli, Moog, Roland System 1, Roland System 8, different guitar pedals, mellotron, and piano.”

In the new Halloween movie, Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode who has her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. The film is directed by David Gordon Green.

“It was great,” Carpenter said of the experience. “It was transforming. It was not a movie I directed, so I had a lot of freedom in creating the score and getting into the director’s head. I was proud to serve David Gordon Green’s vision.”

Carpenter serves as an executive producer, creative consultant, and as a soundtrack composer.


Credit: Sacred Bones

The soundtrack will be available on CD, digital and in a variety of limited edition vinyl formats and can be pre-ordered from

In support of the album, Carpenter will embark on a European tour in October. For the jaunt Carpenter will be joined by his son Cody Carpenter on synthesizer, his godson Daniel Davies on guitar, John Spiker on bass, John Konesky on guitar, and Scott Seiver on drums.

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The full dates are:

Oct 10th – Amsterdam, NL – Tivolivredenburg Grote Zaal
Oct 11th – Paris, FR – Salle Pleye
Oct 13th – Barcelona, ES – Auditorium Sitges
Oct 14th – La Rochelle, FR – La Sirene
Oct 16th – London, UK – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Oct 18th – Newcastle, UK – Tyne Theatre
Oct 19th – Glasgow, UK – Barrowlands
Oct 21st – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
Oct 31st – Los Angeles, US – Palladium

Tour tickets can be purchased from

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