In addition to endless gory imagery and plenty of jump scares, director John Carpenter has filled his expansive filmography with equally terrifying, self-composed scores. From the Halloween series to The Fog to Village of the Damned, and more, Carpenter’s synth-heavy scores are usually the piece de resistance in the director’s endless campaign to terrify and delight audiences.
For his latest project, Carpenter will release an album of brand-new compositions intended to soundtrack “the movies in your head.” News of the compilation came during a Q&A at this year’s Beyond Festival, where the only other bit of info Carpenter offered was that we should all definitely “buy it.” Though October would be a perfect month for such a ghoulish LP, the as-yet-untitled project won’t reportedly hit shelves until early 2015.
Not only did Carpenter compose the scores for most of his classic horror movies, he also provided music for his other endeavors. That includes Escape From L.A. and Escape From New York, Big Trouble in Little China, Assault on Precinct 13, and the 1998 PlayStation game Sentinel Returns.
Below, check out a few of Carpenter’s most iconic pieces.