Master horror filmmaker John Carpenter is primarily known for giving the world such influential genre classics as Halloween (1978), The Thing (1982), Escape From New York, and countless others. However, it must be noted that along with directing these masterworks. Carpenter also moonlighted as their composer, pioneering a dark, synth-driven style which has since been co-opted by a new generation of EDM and hip-hop producers.
Now, nearly forty years after revolutionizing the electronic soundscape with his early scores, Carpenter has today dropped a full-length album of brand new original compositions, entitled Lost Themes. To celebrate the LP's release, here goes a list of some of Mr. Carpenter's finest musical works:
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK THEME:
This plucky but powerful call to arms perfectly syncs up with grizzled hero Snake Plissken's arduous journey to save the President from the dark recesses of post apocalyptic New York.
THE FOG THEME:
Though the 1980 pirate-ghost story film itself isn't particularly good, Carpenter manages to evoke a striking future-gothic vibe with this highly dramatic piece.
For this 1983 Stephen King adaptation about a killer car, Carpenter created an uptempo, driving theme which puts some real muscle behind the automotive proceedings.
Easily Carpenter's most iconic piece, this eery, tinkling little ditty strikes a vivid mood of insidious menace to accompany the introduction of shark-like killer Michael Myers. Utterly iconic.
ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 THEME:
One of John Carpenter's earliest works happens to also be by far his best. This thumping, dystopian piece of sludge sets the tone for the brutal, cynical action-thriller that follows. World weary but majestic, threatening yet inviting, this song is truly inspired.
Now that you've appreciated Carpenter's legacy, why not listen to his newest material? Lost Themes is available to purchase right now on Sacred Bones.