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eighties horror you might have missed

alan howarth

I think we can all agree that synthesizers are an integral, defining element of late seventies and early eighties horror (so much so that vintage synths are being used in current films to reference that period). This alternative (or augment) to a traditional symphonic score offered a new palette of textures and at a cost that even modest sized productions could afford. As with all horror film music, these instruments were used to establish mood, heighten tension, and enhance the visceral impact of onscreen gore.

In 1977 Sequential Circuits (based in San Jose, CA) released the Prophet 5 synthesizer...

The score for Halloween III is my favorite John Carpenter (and Alan Howarth) soundtrack. If you've seen the film, you know that it has little to do with the rest of the Halloween franchise and trades Michael Myers for a more sci-fi-evil-mad-scientist approach; it was the first in the series not to be directed written by Carpenter. He did compose the soundtrack, however...