Friends, it might surprise you to learn that as much as I adore the work of John Carpenter, we have in fact only covered three of this films on the Saturday Frights podcast so far. To date, the Projectionist and I have managed to discuss The Fog, They Live, and In the Mouth of Madness – although Carpenter’s work has been brought up in the likes of the Halloween specials as well as the Intermission episodes. This is not an oversight on the part of my shadowy co-host or myself – as we always intended the podcast to focus more on the horror films and television shows that fans might not be so familiar with. And in truth, when discussing such films as Halloween, The Thing, and Escape from New York – I am not sure that the Projectionist or I could add to what is already known.
John Carpenter might be best known for creating such cinematic icons as Michael Myers, Snake Plissken, and John Nada – but he is also well known for his memorable film scores. As Carpenter himself has stated in the past, his use of synthesizers in a majority of his film soundtracks was because it allowed him to create a score that sounded much larger than he could afford. Of course it should be pointed out that Carpenter has collaborated with the likes of Alan Howarth on a number of the scores for his films, as well as Ennio Morricone and Shirley Walker to name a few.
And while it seems that Carpenter has for the time being stepped away from the director’s chair – he is killing it now as musician – teaming up with his Son, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies. John Carpenter has even gone on multiple tours thanks to the overwhelming success of 2015’s Lost Themes album, which was followed by Lost Themes II the following year. It turns out that the trio’s third studio album entitled Lost Themes III: Alive After Death is set to debut on February 5th of this year – although you can get a taste of the album courtesy of this animated music video featuring the titular track.
The music video for “Alive After Death” was animated by Liam Brazier and features artwork by Boneface. In closing out this article I want to give John Squires of Bloody Disgusting a tip of the hat for the heads up on the release of the video.