Music Monday: Halloween Theme Over the Years

An interesting topic?

Well, to me it is an interesting topic with each movie the theme changes.  The major change came between the first movie and the second movie.  But over the years it has only slightly changed.  The theme is one of THE most iconic horror movie themes, if not the most iconic.  I think, if you play it for someone, anyone, they will know what it is from.

I have heard stories about Carpenter playing a cut with the film  without the theme or the rest of the score.  When Carpenter added the actual score, coupled with the opening theme it changed everything.  The score itself build suspense and terror.  The opening theme screams Halloween and prepares us for the terror to come.

Let’s dig in.  The opening theme has been played in nearly every movie.

Halloween (1978)

Halloween II (1981)

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

Halloween: the Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

Halloween 20 Years Later: H20 (1998)

Halloween Resurrection (2002)

Halloween (2007)

Halloween II (2009)

Which version is your favorite?  Let us know on Twitter and Facebook.

Thanks for joining us again for another fun Music Monday.  We are going to try and do this every Monday, well some form of a Music Monday or maybe even Maniac Monday, that could be fun.  Don’t forget to follow the Horror Syndicate on Twitter and Facebook.



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There is so much more about me. I hate this phrase, but I am an aspiring comic book writer. Problems with finding artists and getting published have held me back. Writing comics has been a dream for, well as long as I can remember. Now I am writing with a great team, Apogee Comics and hopefully we will make some noise in the same way Image comics did in the 1990s. One day, Rage of Rayzor and the Horror Syndicate will lead me to my dream. Support me, by sharing this site, liking and sharing posts, even following me on twitter would help @Rayzor_33. But you want to know about the horror…right? I have been watching horror films since I was 6 years old. The story, one Saturday night, my mom and I were watching movies and she fell asleep on the couch. We had the channel set on HBO and the movie we were watching ended and the next one, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. This was some time in 1986. I watched then entire film, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When my mom woke, she asked me what just ended and I told her, “Freddy”. That was all I talked about for weeks and finally she broke down and rented more horror films for me. She rented, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Halloween II. I watched all and fell in love with horror films forever. When my little brother was 2, I was 10, so were talking 1990. He was introduced to Halloween and I made him believe Haddonfield, IL was a real place. We lived in Illinois at the time and this terrified him. After the intial shock, he grew older and more interested in horror films. When he was 8, we went to the local video store and made our way to the horror section. We started with Alien and worked our way through the alphabet of horror. That day we basically started our course in horror. 5 Horror Films to Watch Inferno (1980) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Beyond (1981) Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) Horror of Dracula (1958)