John Carpenter album

Not only is John Carpenter an acclaimed filmmaker behind some of the best horror movies ever made – HalloweenThe ThingThey Live – he’s also the creator of some of the best horror movie music. Just as E.T. wouldn’t be nearly as effective without John Williams’ orchestral score, Halloween would be a lesser film without Carpenter’s eerie yet simple themes, made up of repeating piano melodies that alternate between sporadic and heart-attack fast. Horror movie music wouldn’t be the same without Carpenter’s contributions, which are just as exciting and influential as his films. While other horror soundtrack composers tend to encroach on an audience with loud, stunning musical cues, Carpenter’s scores hang back; waiting, biding their time, and building dread.

Carpenter is releasing a new album, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, a collection of 13 of his movie themes re-recorded with his touring band. And it’s pretty great. So join us: we’re going through the new John Carpenter album track by track.

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Michael Jackson's Halloween

Some of you might associate the late Michael Jackson with the Halloween season thanks to the King of Pop’s legendary music video for “Thriller,” which was famously directed by John Landis and featured not only some memorable choreography, but excellent makeup effects. But a new CBS special called Michael Jackson’s Halloween could make you rethink that association. A trailer for the special has come online, and strap in, because you’re not going to believe that a major television network is going to broadcast this for millions of people.
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Sequel Bits Sallah

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • One of the key supporting actors from the Indiana Jones franchise wants to return for the fifth film
  • Dwayne Johnson talks about his Fast & Furious spin-off movie
  • John Carpenter clarifies the setting for the new Halloween sequel
  • The Predator gets some electrifying new promo art
  • A new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom banner from a London licensing expo
  • And more!

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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Halloween theme

It’s Friday the 13th and it’s been a long week. Let’s all unwind with some scary music. In the spirit of the season and the day, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have released a cover version of John Carpenter‘s famous Halloween theme song. Listen to the Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Halloween theme below.

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John Carpenter Will Create Halloween Reboot Score

Not only is John Carpenter an iconic horror movie director, he’s also created some of the most memorable horror movie soundtracks in film history. Carpenter’s moody, synth-heavy music has often been imitated by never duplicated, and now the filmmaker is set to return to the soundtrack game with the score for the new reboot of his classic, Halloween.

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Halloween Judy Greer

It’s officially Halloween season, so how about some Halloween news? The Blumhouse-produced reboot/sequel to John Carpenter‘s iconic slasher film Halloween is current in pre-production and rumored to begin filming very soon. Recently, original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was confirmed to be returning for the new film, and now another potential cast member has been announced: Judy Greer. Read more about the Judy Greer Halloween reboot casting below.

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The 15 Worst Horror Remakes Ever Made

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This week, a remake of Flatliners will hit theaters and leave us all wondering: “Why?” Look, remakes of horror films are nothing new, but was anyone actually eager for a Flatliners remake? Besides, there already was a film that came very close to being a Flatliners remake; it was called The Lazarus Effect, and it was terrible.

Speaking of terrible, in honor (maybe?) of Flatliners, I’ve gone ahead and broken down the 15 Worst Horror Remakes. You may disagree with these picks; in fact, I know for certain that many people enjoy at least one or two of these films. That’s fine! I welcome your defense of them! But these are the bottom of the barrel. The rotten apples. The major disappointments. These are the worst horror remakes.

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Update: A new synopsis for Halloween has been released and we’ve added it to the article below.

If the upcoming Halloween reboot wanted to get our attention, this is a great way to do it. Jamie Lee Curtis, who had her big break as the “final girl” in John Carpenter‘s 1978 horror masterpiece, will return as Laurie Strode in the new movie, which is due out in 2018.

And if you’re scratching your head and wondering how this is possible…that just means you’ve seen all of the Halloween movies. We’ll get to that in a moment.

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Game of Thrones VFX - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, see a new, in-depth look at the visual effects that went into making the famous “loot train attack” from the seventh season of Game of Thrones. Plus, see what you think about a Harry Potter theory about The Boy Who Lived’s possible impact on The Dursleys during the 11 years he stayed at their house, and watch a fan trailer for a movie pitting Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees against each other. Read More »

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Halloween 2018

It’s been years since fans of horror maestro John Carpenter‘s Halloween franchise have been truly thrilled with a new entry in the series, and now we know they’ll only have to wait one more year to see if that streak is broken.

Producer Jason Blum, the CEO of the budget-conscious and incredibly successful Blumhouse Productions (Get OutParanormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge) has promised that their planned Halloween sequel – the one written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and directed by Green – will definitely be released by its planned date in October of 2018. And additionally, there’s word that Carpenter himself is still interested in providing the score. That’s music to my ears.
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