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Happy Happy Halloween...Halloween...Halloween...[repeat]
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.