Saturday, June 9, 2018

Two Versions Of The Halloween Theme?

Never knew [noticed] that the Halloween theme from the film is different from the version found on the soundtrack.  As a guy who THINKS he's a refined film score/movie music aficionado, I simply cannot believe my brains never detected a rather significant difference between the two. 

Click Michael below to hear for yourself...

Thanks, Sara, for sending this link my way (and for ruining everything).

11 comments:

Jay's Shadow said...

You know, I think in my brain I knew there were two different versions of the theme, but I never really put the two together. I always thought the one with the beat was a “radio version”. I don’t own the soundtrack though, but I would of thought the tune would be the same on both movie and soundtrack.

Way to go Sara! Rot is probably sitting in a corner now rocking back and forth mumbling............”two theme songs, two theme songs,two theme songs”.

:D

Sara said...

Lolol. This post is hysterical! Jay I felt the same way. I knew, but I didn’t know! This is EXACTLY how I would dance to it though!

Rot said...

"dance to it"...as if it's a DANCE VERSION!
outrageous.

Sara said...

Totally the Dance Version....

Jay's Shadow said...

HAHAHA! Now Rot is really freaking. He’ll be waking up in the middle of the night with the cold sweats.

Techno “Halloween theme” dance version.

Now, we just need a video of you wearing “The Mask” dancing techno style. :D

girl6 said...

that dude in the video reminded me of simon pegg...hahahaha!!!

& then this happened....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-KCpxwnyMg

Rot said...

haha...what a HORRID mask!

Rot said...

and it's odd...because it really is like i subconsciously KNEW this was the case.
And i think it goes back to the weird days of early soundtrack releases where the album wasn't just pulled from the actual recordings used for the film, but were re-recorded for the album specifically. So there was an opportunity to change it... The soundtrack to James Horner's BRAINSTORM comes to mind. The track "Lillian's Heart Attack" is SO different from the film version. It's WAY more enjoyable as a stand-alone track on the album...but it simply isn't the version in the film. So maybe when a composer gets an opportunity to re-record for an album release, they have a moment of "i REALLY would have liked to have scored it THIS way..." or WORSE "How can i jazz this up so people dig it more?"

eh...who knows.

at least we get a dance version and a spooky version.

Rot said...

and i should add that i'm SO connected to the album version...as it was my companion for the many many years i WAS Michael Myers handing out candy on my parents' porch.

girl6 said...

this is what makes it VERT frustrating when purchasing music..movies..or even books sometimes. you just don't really know for sure what version you are going to receive. i try & listen to samples online/read reviews. i also like to check out unboxing videos on youtube. they are so cool because they open the item right there & you get to see/hear exactly what you will be receiving along with their reviews/comments. used record/movie stores are great too. because they will play the item right then & there for you.

i just always assume there's at least a few different versions of everything released..due to $$$$. my mind is always blown when i (accidentally) discover all the OTHER versions that are sometimes available of an item that i want. it's like what?..i had no idea. sometimes the differences are super slight..but, who cares if it's not what your heart is set on.

The Gill-Man said...

Well...to make matters even more confusing...there are actually TWO different versions of the Halloween soundtrack. The original version has the "dance" style mix, with a stomping beat in the foreground, of the theme. This soundtrack was released shortly after the film, and was formatted to fit onto a single vinyl record. Much of the material was rerecorded by Carpenter because of this, and he obviously took the opportunity to add the beat into the mix of the theme. Why he did this isn't exactly known, but it is possible the thinking was that it would get the tune some radio airplay, as there was a trend at the time for "dance" versions of movie themes getting spins.

In 1998, for the 20th anniversary, a new soundtrack was released that had all the original movie mixes, including clips of dialogue from the film. The cues were put in chronological order, according to their position in the flick. While there is a lot of redundant bits, with the same tune cropping up over and over, it is the purists version of the soundtrack.

I enjoy both versions of the soundtrack, for different reasons, and both get lots of play in my car throughout the year. I can't really say which one is "better", because there are some great things offered on each. I will say that I REALLY dig hearing the "black cats & goblins" chant at the end of the theme though!