Audio: Halloween (1978)

John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) is great for many reasons, not the least of which is its theme music. The urgency of the 5/4 piano motif above ominous synthesizer orchestration, all performed by Carpenter himself, distills the pomp of giallo prog rock to a proto-New Wave, Zen-like meditation of one’s own imminent and bloody demise. Composed by John Carpenter.