Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails Release Cover of John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Theme Song

Outside of Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are known for their incredible musical scores for films such as The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo and Before the Flood. The academy award winning duo have recently turned their attention to the 1978 classic, Halloween, to celebrate the upcoming release of John Carpenter’s LP, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998. The album will feature new recordings by Carpenter of his most famous movie themes during his most prolific period of directing and scoring his own films. To raise awareness of the upcoming release, Reznor and Ross have released a track to the web entitled “John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross Version” The track runs nearly eight minutes long, and it contains all of the classic musical trademarks of the original recording along with new signature musical twists which are consistent with Reznor’s and Ross’ work.

You can listen to the entire track below:

Trent Reznor explained the influence of John Carpenter’s work on his own work to Variety:

“I clearly remember my friends and I at 13 years old conning our parents into letting us see Halloween when it came out in 1978. We left the theater forever changed. We were damaged and scarred, with the shit genuinely scared out of us and that theme stuck firmly in our heads. John Carpenter, it’s your fault that I turned out the way I did.”

Needless to say, the feeling is mutual. Carpenter had this to say about Reznor’s and Ross’ new track:

“Moody and dark, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ version of Halloween does amazing justice to the original. I’m impressed.”

Carpenter has hinted over the past couple of months that he might be game for scoring the upcoming Halloween film. Should he decide to pass, perhaps he has just found a good fit with Trent and Atticus! A fan can dream…

Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 drops on October 20th, 2017. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on upcoming Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and John Carpenter projects as they break!

John Evans
Staff Writer at Horror News Network

John has loved movie monsters for as far back as he can remember. He’s since collected up as many comics, statues, and autographed material related to movies and music that he can get his hands on. He is particularly interested in the critical and analytical discussion of the best stories the horror genre has to offer. One of his largest works on the topic is a study on the portrayals of people with disabilities in horror films.


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