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)

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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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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. 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)