Favourite Halloween Score

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Fav. Halloween Score

  1. Halloween (1978)

    20 vote(s)
    64.5%
  2. Halloween II (1981)

    5 vote(s)
    16.1%
  3. Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (1982)

    4 vote(s)
    12.9%
  4. Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers (1988)

    2 vote(s)
    6.5%
  5. Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers (1989)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers (1995)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Halloween Ressurection (2002)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Halloween (2007)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Halloween II (2009)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. None of them......

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. snowbeast323

    snowbeast323 New Member

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    I was just listening to the scores to the Halloween movies and realised I didn't have a favourite......too hard to choose
    Does anyone?
     
  2. Katatonia

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    The first is best for me.
     
  3. CrazyFatEthel

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    First is the way to go!
     
  4. Shlockjock81

    Shlockjock81 New Member

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    Of course I love the first one the most, simply based on how much that score enhanced the film and how iconic it now is. But I have to say that my favorite Halloween score is the one for Season of the Witch.
     
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    The first obviously sets the foundation for the rest, but I happen to like the breadth of all the different tracks. Laurie's theme is incredibly eerie, and the theme of course has entered the lexicon of iconic horror music. The second film is merely an electronic rehash of the first, which is a bit disappointing. Carpenter at least stepped up his game for the third, which next to the original has the best array of tracks. Chariot of Pumpkins is a personal favorite. And of course, it gave us "Happy happy Halloween...Silver Shamrock!"

    The rest of them I can take in small doses, although I actually like the electric guitar update of the main theme for Halloween 6. The orchestrating in H20 took things in a new direction and it works, although it is tough to divorce yourself from Carpenter's iconic music (which is probably why he ripped it off himself in Halloween II). Alan Howarth did decent work filling in for Carpenter during the middle sequels, although he doesn't really bring a whole lot to the table other than playing his partner's music in a different key.

    I remember a lot of shit from the Zombie movies, but oddly the music isn't one of them. Just the angst. And the fucking bagels part.
     
  6. Kim Bruun

    Kim Bruun Resident Scream Queen

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    Halloween has the creepiest theme of any horror film, and I love the overall score. Even though Halloween II basically has the same score, I think the synth makes it more raw, cold, and menacing. I love the two equally, but voted for Halloween II.

    Zombie's remake reuses Carpenter's theme, only this time, it sounds as if it's played on a mistuned piano. It works adequately, but doesn't improve upon the original theme.
     
  7. Bobbywoodhogan

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    The original of course but the score for Halloween 3 is a very close second.
     
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    Halloween II. I loved the Synth update!
     
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    Ditto.
     
  10. Cujo108

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    Halloween III. My favorite film of the lot and my favorite score as well.
     
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    I personally love Halloween II's score. Unless someone is going a completely different route with a sequel, one of the tried and true methods is to take what was done in the first film and amplify that times 1,000. While I think they moderately succeeded with the film as a whole (it's good, but a lot of the tension from the original was swapped out for gore effects), I think they wholly accomplished that goal with the score. It's the same tunes, but with more orchestration, more intensity, and more urgency.

    After that, it's of course Carpenter's original. Halloween III's score is great also and would be number three. It really sets the eerie, foreboding tone of the film. After that the scores seem to all blur together for me. Nothing really stands out, but I don't exactly remember any of them being bad either.
     
  12. Katatonia

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    I agree. The Expanded CD score (on Alan Howarth's label) of Halloween III also has many unreleased tracks, and is a joy to listen to.
     
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    Totally.
     
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    After all these years of hate, I love the attention Halloween III is getting on this board! I got the soundtrack on CD back in 1996 (the old Varese Saraband edition). Everyone thought I was nuts for listening to it. But when you think about it, it's one of John Carpenter's best. Dark, brooding, and perfectly orchestrates the on-screen craziness.
     
  15. snowbeast323

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    Amen, well said
     
  16. Erick H.

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    You can count me in as loving the original the most with III a close second.That one really got under my skin.
     
  17. spawningblue

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    The first is my favourite, with part 3 and 2 close behind.
     
  18. Harry Warden

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    The first (1978)...no contest, though Halloween II (1981) is a close second.
     
  19. MadmanMarz

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    I put in the vote for Halloween III. The score had a huge impact on creating the creepy feel associated with that film. Don't get me wrong, Carpenter's original score from Halloween is awesome. But I have grown to appreciate the scores created for Halloween III and Christine so much more recently. I think they had a bigger impact on the film than other Carpenter scores in driving the elements of fear through music.
     

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