John Carpenter to revisit classic scores on new album, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998

Plus, the Master of Horror will tour North America beginning in -- of course -- October

photo by Philip Cosores
John Carpenter, photo by Philip Cosores

    Photo by Philip Cosores

    John Carpenter will revisit a handful of his most classic film scores on a new album. Aptly titled Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, it’s due out October 20th through Sacred Bones.

    The forthcoming effort features 13 re-recorded versions of past works, including the unforgettable themes from Carpenter’s first-ever film Dark Star, Vampires, Halloween, They Live, and The Fog. It also sees the legendary composer covering the minimalist yet memorable arrangement for The Thing by Ennio Morricone. The entire project was recorded with the help of his son, Cody, and godson, Daniel Davies, who both contributed to Carpenter’s 2016 LP, Lost Themes II.

    (Read: 10 Essential Horror Movie Scores)

    As a preview of Anthology, Carpenter has shared an updated version of the theme from the 1994 film In the Mouth of Madness. In a statement about the release, he recalled:

    “I worked on the soundtrack for In the Mouth of Madness with Jim Lang. We never came up with a great main title theme. In a rented house on Woodrow Wilson (my house was being remodeled), I came up with a heavy metal theme inspired by Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’. My friend Dave Davies played lead guitar, and now, over 20 years later, his son Daniel is playing the lead. One of my favorite themes.”


    Hear it below.

    Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 Artwork:

    Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 Tracklist:
    01. In the Mouth of Madness
    02. Assault on Precinct 13
    03. The Fog
    04. Prince of Darkness
    05. Santiago (Vampires)
    06. Escape From New York
    07. Halloween
    08. Porkchop Express (Big Trouble in Little China)
    09. They Live
    10. The Thing
    11. Starman
    12. Dark Star
    13. Christine

    To coincide with the release of Anthology, Carpenter will return to the road for a North American fall tour.

    John Carpenter 2017 Tour Dates:
    10/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Casino
    10/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
    11/02 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
    11/04 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
    11/05 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
    11/07 – Maplewood, MN @ Myth Live
    11/09 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
    11/10 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
    11/12 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
    11/13 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
    11/15 – Boston, MA @ Royale
    11/16 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
    11/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
    11/19 – Syracuse, NY @ The Palace Theatre