It’s one of the most iconic musical riffs of all time, and one that still can make your skin crawl even 40 years later.
In celebration of the success of the Halloween sequel , I thought we’d revisit this fabulous Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross reboot of the Halloween theme for a new generation. (Spoiler alert: It’s VERY Reznor-y)
Says Rolling Stone:
“John Carpenter’s Halloween by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross” opens with one minute of gathering white noise before small motifs from Carpenter’s Halloween score begin emerging. The layers build in visceral cacophony until the music abruptly stops at the two-minute mark and the classic Halloween theme begins.
The Nine Inch Nails singer, along with collaborator Ross, stayed faithful to Carpenter’s theme, adding only atmosphere and gloom to the original melody.
John Carpenter, himself, agreed in a statement.
“Moody and dark, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ version of ‘Halloween’ does amazing justice to the original. I’m impressed.”
Listen to it below. (You’ll definitely want it for whatever Halloween party you’re planning!)
John Carpenter’s Halloween by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross is available to download or stream on all major digital music services.