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Trent Reznor to Release Cover of John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Theme on Friday the 13th

Theo Wargo, Getty Images / Compass International
Theo Wargo, Getty Images / Compass International

For the superstitious among us, Friday the 13th is a day to brace for the possibility of ill—or perhaps morbid—luck. But tomorrow, Trent Reznor will offer up a treat that gives us reason instead to welcome this allegedly cursed calendar day.

Reznor is teaming with Nine Inch Nails co-conspirator Atticus Ross to release a cover of John Carpenter’s famously brooding Halloween theme song. The re-imagined track, whose nostalgic paranoia will span across a full eight minutes, will be released through Reznor’s Null Corporation imprint and distributed by the Scared Bones label.

A teasingly brief sample of the recording can be found at Amazon. The snippet consists of mere seconds of gradually intensifying wind chills, with the preview abruptly aborting just as shrieking woodwinds are introduced.

The Halloween project arrives only a week ahead of another John Carpenter release. Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, due Oct. 20, will boast a collection of Carpenter masterworks that trace the celebrated composer’s vast career. It won’t be a typical compilation, however. Each song will be re-recorded by Carpenter, in collaboration with his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies. Both the younger Carpenter and Davies also worked on Carpenter’s most recent release, 2016’s Lost Themes II.

Additionally, Carpenter is confirmed to be involved with a new Halloween movie project that has pledged to disregard many of the film’s more recent sequels, which will surely inspire both optimism and angst, depending on the film buff.

Prior to the Halloween project’s announcement, Reznor and Atticus had teamed up to score Ken Burns’s widely acclaimed Vietnam War docu-series, and dropped Nine Inch Nails’s Add Violence EP, the second installment in a planned trilogy.

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