In the world of creepy theme songs, John Carpenter’s Halloween is up at the tip with The Exorcist’s and A Serbian Film’s. It lays out the film’s sinister underbelly, alerting audiences that something wicked this way comes. Many a dance version of the theme have been made, but something about throwing your hands up in the air like you just don’t care to the tune of Michael Myers’ pleasure feels plain wrong.
Enter Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, they who transformed Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” into a grimy industrial masterpiece for Girl With A Dragon Tattoo. They put their spin on Carpenter’s classic as a sort of Friday the 13th gift. And by spin, I mean a seven-minute dive into Sodom and Gomorrah, the painful, hellish bacchanal of Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights.” What begins with ominous droning noises crescendos into a bed of synths that would sound at home on the Blade Runner soundtrack had Carpenter’s iconic piano melody not been playing over it. Unnamed voices swirl in the background as the synths swell before white noise. Is that the end? No, friends; there are still two minutes left and they’re a wild hell of a ride.
Happy Friday the 13th, everyone.