Trent Reznor Covers John Carpenter's 'Halloween' for Friday the 13th

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Trent Reznor loves the Halloween movies and I'm pretty sure he's one of John Carpenter's biggest fans. Anyone familiar with the instrumental work Reznor has done over the years can connect the dots to see just how influential Carpenter's music is on his synth tracks. Listen to the musical scores from The Social Network and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo again and note the similarities, it's pretty evident.

I clearly remember my friends and I at thirteen years old conning our parents into letting us see Halloween when it came out in 1978. We left the theater forever changed. We were damaged and scarred, with the shit genuinely scared out of us and that theme stuck firmly in our heads. John Carpenter, it’s your fault that I turned out the way I did.
-Trent Reznor

All that aside, the big news today is it’s Friday the 13th and a new cover version of the Halloween theme is out. What better way than to celebrate one of horror’s favorite holidays than to celebrate one of the most iconic pieces of music in movie history. A Friday the 13th in October is a blessing and there’s no better time than now to enjoy a marathon of Jason, Freddy and Michael Myers movies. It’s a great day.

Reznor and longtime NIN collaborator Atticus Ross have reworked the Halloween theme to make it their own while still honoring the original. John Carpenter has already stated his praise for the track by saying, “Moody and dark, Trent Reznor‬ and Atticus Ross’ version of HALLOWEEN does amazing justice to the original. I’m impressed." Check out the embed get a digital copy directly from John Carpenter’s Bandcamp page. Happy Friday the 13th!