Halloween III: Complete Original Motion Picture Score
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2008
An excellent re-release of the Carpenter-Howarth score to Halloween III: Season of the Witch to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film.

Not being a Michael Myers film, the Halloween theme does not appear. Instead, the film features the signature Carpenter sound on a number of excellent new cues, including the opening theme and the ensuing chase sequence. Once again, it's all keyboard, and very reminiscent of his scores from the same period (Escape From New York, Christine, etc). Spare and eerie, it holds up well. As scores go, this is as good as EfNY, and with the unreleased tracks it's even better. You're pretty much getting an extra album here, with 13 additional tracks clocking in at the same length, if not more. Some of the extra material contains alternate versions of the score, while others are totally unreleased tracks, all of them very welcome. The score still holds up better the film, which did have some interesting themes that are relevant today, even if Tommy Lee Wallace couldn't quite hold it together like Carpenter (or Rick Rosenthal). Still, the music will evoke the photography of Dean Cundey, who gave the film the same look as the first two.

Limited to 1000 copies, which isn't much even for a re-release of H III's score, this is well worth it for Carpenter fans, and fans of the demented Silver Shamrock jingle. If you don the right mask and play the Silver Shamrock Montage track enough, your head will explode.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2010
This review is of the LIMITED EDITION Halloween III - Season Of The Witch soundtrack that has a total of 25 tracks. The ORIGINAL release of this soundtrack has 12 songs.

The soundtrack to Halloween III is easily John Carpenter's best work. He teamed up with Alan Howarth to make this eerie atmospheric soundtrack that doesn't keep repeating itself like the Halloween and Halloween II soundtracks. Each track has its own identity and the tracks connect well with each other. A lot of keyboards and synthesizers are used. There are 13 additional tracks included on this album (and 25 altogether), whereas the original release has a total of 12 tracks. Personal favorites of mine are The Rock, Hello Grandma, Halloween Montage, Goodbye Ellie, Robots At The Factory, Drive To Santa Mira, Hey Boom, The Factory, I Do Love A Good Joke, and Local Boy, No Way. Some of the extra tracks are repeats of tracks that appeared on the original release, only they're slightly different musically and named differently. They're basically alternate unused versions, but still very good. The remaining extra tracks are tracks that never appeared on the original release, yet I feel should have been included on the original release because they are music tracks that were applied to scenes in the movie.

It's too bad so many people don't like the movie. People need to give the movie a chance, because it's an extremely underrated movie, even with the silly plot and mistakes in the movie. Once you watch it a few times, it might start to grow on you. People need to forget about Michael Myers. John Carpenter and Debra Hill killed him off in Halloween II, remember? They did this so they could start a whole new Halloween-themed franchise with a new movie every year that is unrelated to the previous. In fact, they didn't even want to make Halloween II to begin with. In my mind, there are really only two Halloween movies: Halloween and Halloween III. I pretend that the others don't exist (though I did review Halloween II). I highly recommend the Halloween III soundtrack for your Halloween season! I also highly recommend watching Halloween III with an open mind and without Michael Myers on your mind. He wasn't in the movie and wasn't supposed to be in the movie because he was killed off in Halloween II. The only reason he was brought back in Halloween 4 was to cash in and imitate other horror movie franchises that featured an invincible villain. All of a sudden Michael Myers is invincible starting with Halloween 4. Think about that. See my movie review of Halloween III - Season Of The Witch.

I highly recommend the Halloween III - Season Of The Witch limited edition soundtrack. If you can't get a copy of the CD, you can download everything right here on Amazon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2009
this soundtrack....heard this soundtrack back in the late 80's...what a soundtrack this was....don,t think you will ever see anyone top this soundtrack when it comes to deep synthesizer music....god bless john carpenter!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Even if you don't like this movie (I love the movie), you'll like the soundtrack!
It has nice soundscapes and eerie tracks and it reminds you of how the eighties synth-soundtracks really could create a great atmosphere.(also check the Nightmare On Elmstreet music)
Oh yeah, it's not overdone, it's minimal wich I also like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2014
While the movie itself was eh, the soundtrack was fantastic. John Carpenter and Alan Howarth were a great team and an inspiration for the music I make today!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
i loved this movie. yes..i LOVED this movie. i would of liked to see the Halloween series open up to a 'twilight zone' sort of series. but alas..originality went wayward to rehashes..which i still ended up liking. But i found Halloween III creepy,chilling,fun and just plain cool. The atmosphere,the characters,the story and...the music. I think Carpenter & Howarth came up with a brilliant score that compliments the film as well as the original score serves to make 'Halloween' even better.
The score..yes,each track,even the 'silver shamrock commercial theme',captures the mood...the creepy tension,the slow burn,and the imminent horror of Cochran's plot.
I'm very thankful this album,and others from the 80's are finally coming to cd,and available for the loving fans. Buster, Halloween II, Caddyshack, The Fog,etc. Finally...so get your copy and listen before "the big giveaway at nine"
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2010
I am a huge fan of this score. I might be the biggest fan of it actually. I had the downloaded version from iTunes, and I thought it would be a great idea to own the physical disc, so I would have it forever. I took the plunge and ordered it from Amazon. I got the disc and I was really angry. It is a burned copy. I can understand Amazon not wanting to stock every disc, but I feel I was duped. Even the booklet was printed with a cheap printer, you can see lines in the art, and there is nothing but the front of the book, no liner notes, no pictures no nothing. I could have burned the disc MYSELF. I guess I will have to read every single line on the description, to make sure that what I order is what I want. I am sad it's not a real pressed disc, the score deserves to be preserved fro all times.
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on August 3, 2014
Haloween 3 -was not related to any of the other Movies and soundtrack -this is what I loved about this soundtrack was John Carpender was the major force behind it along with Alan Howarth . Want to talk about pounding and creepy music -this cd says it all .This soundtrack also contains additional music not found on the original . Some of the cues -in the movie that were left out -are now included . This music is so creepy that If I were to play it on Halloween -no one would come to my house for candy -they would be so afraid to come to the door . I recomend this soundtrack because it does support the movie very well -campy movie but a great soundtrack .Their are soundtracks I wait for to come out -this was one and remastered really does it justice.
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on January 8, 2013
John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's score for Halloween III: Season of the Witch is one of the most unique scores ever written for film. But like many of their collaborations, it becomes repetitive after a coupe of tracks in. This score however still remains a striking sound to Carpenter's films. The synthesizer's pulses and beats add to the films mood of ghouls, warlocks, and computers.

If you're a fan of the works of these two collaborators, you'll definitely enjoy this score, but it could be difficult to listen to for some without the accompanying film. Some highlights on this score include the Silver Shamrock Jingle, Chariots of Pumpkins, and the Drive to Santa Mira.
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on May 8, 2015
Halloween 3 the season of the witch is one of my favorite Halloweens and plus now they made a limited edition soundtrack score in which it has more songs added to the score than before plus the silver shamrock song from the commercial that plays in the film is now on the soundtrack i don't know if it was before because i didn't have the original score to the film. So if your a Halloween fan or love John carpenters music than you should get this cd because the music is something that a Halloween fan be missed thats if you like this film because it was 30 years since this movie was made can you believe that.
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