John Carpenter: Halloween (1978)
Well, isn’t this convenient. We’re at the end of this list and all that’s left for me to do is recommend one of the greatest soundtracks of all time, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!
To listen to John Carpenter’s Halloween soundtrack strictly as a piece of music is a bit annoying, to be frank. The compositions rely so much on the main theme that it doesn’t really have a place outside of this one day a year. As the writer, director, composer and main musician, Carpenter was able to construct something masterfully concise. The music is very simple and doesn’t necessarily work on its own but as a spooky backdrop in a haunted house display or while handing out candy it is brilliant.
This isn’t to imply that this album is bad by any stretch of the imagination. It serves a purpose and helps create a terrifying atmosphere but I wouldn’t want to walk in on someone stretched back in their recliner enjoying this soundtrack on its own, unless it was Halloween.
There’s really not much more to say than that. Loud synthesized noises occasionally break the monotony of the main theme that can be a bit startling but overall this is the same thing played over and over for nearly 34 minutes. There is a 20th Anniversary Edition that I don’t own that is almost twice as long but I think I’ll stick with this 1978 original as it is a record I only listen to once a year. The film is a masterpiece and the score is a big part of the reason it will always be my October 31st choice but this isn’t an album I’d want to listen to while walking the dog or feeding the pigeons at the park lest I feel the uncontrollable urge to don a warped Shatner mask and start slashing.