Halloween Returns To Haddonfield (2003)

by Dan J. Schulte

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Halloween Returns to Haddonfield: the official soundtrack to the 25th anniversary convention held in Pasadena, CA commemorating John Carpenter's classic horror film; Halloween, features completely original music in the classic electronic horror style of John Carpenter and Alan Howarth.

Inspired by the first three Halloween films this score is sure to satisfy hardcore Carpenter/Howarth fans and Halloween fans alike! Now includes two bonus tracks not on the original extremely limited CD! Music from this album has been featured on the DVD documentaries Halloween: 25 Years of Terror and Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.


5 out of 5 stars HalloweeN fans take note...
Reviewer: Matt
If you enjoy the early synth-driven soundtracks, there's a good chance you'll enjoy this cd -- Highly recommended.

5 out of 5 stars Cool
Reviewer: Halloween music. Hallowmonium guy
Cool. Great mood. Great overall feel.

4 out of 5 stars true Horror
Reviewer: Mackxiko
I am from Germany and i love this CD. It's Horror-sound in a real dark form. The Tracks are good like the Halloween Movies. fantastic atmosphere!

5 out of 5 stars Boohaha Michael Myers lives!
Reviewer: Bull
I love Halloween; the movie, and this CD...

5 out of 5 stars This CD is simpy awesome!
Reviewer: Lawton Howell
This is a must have for all you Halloween/Carpenter fans. The scores are great and make you long for those classic tunes. Production quality is excellent a CD no true fan of the genre should be without!

4 out of 5 stars More than a tribute soundtrack...
Reviewer: Wes Moore
Sure it's smacks of Carpenter, (ala Christine, Escape from New York etc) and sure it jives with the Halloween's...but it's MORE than that! Each track is completely different, and with concise samplings of quotes from the first 3 Halloween films, thrown in for double the impact. If there were another Carpenter sequel or film of similar type, this music would be perfect! But yet Schulte is able to give it his own spin as well, making it a fresh take on a cherished style. You just don't find soundtracks like this anymore--two thumbs up!



Schulte, Dan: Halloween Returns To Haddonfield - REVIEW - Elias Granillo Jr - seaoftranquility.org

Californian synthesist Dan J. Schulte has been quietly (or not so quietly) honing his approach to pure melodic electronic music since the early 1990s, and most recently has elected to compose original music that pays tribute to some of his favorite horror, science fiction, and fantasy genre films. The upcoming event, Halloween Returns To Haddonfield—to be held this Halloween weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA—celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of (say it with me) “The Night HE Came Home!” Twenty-five years since John Carpenter’s classic scarefest, that is. The Haddonfield fest will have its very own soundtrack CD composed by Schulte, who was hand-picked by one of the organizers after letting him hear some of his independently-produced albums. Korg & Alesis synthesizers are used to maintain an authentically “retro” feel by way of state-of-the-art sounds; the production is crisp, and the sounds are robust. While distinctly Carpenterian—yet significantly more dynamic—the music found on the Haddonfield CD is completely original, with the occasional nod to certain cues from the first three Halloween films.

The boogeyman is gonna get you… An escaped mental patient’s sanguinary odyssey begins anew with “Autumn Blood”: big bad phat bass, hypnotic percussion, and realtime-control pads sculpt a flashback-overture that awakens long-dormant fears. “Factory Of Masks” recalls the sequencer motif from the wrongly-maligned Halloween III: Season Of The Witch that underscored the pursuit of a man who, simply put, knew too much. Evolving swells and bright string stacks, similar to those of an ARP 2600, are draped across the densely-textured sequences. “Misfire,” (no giveaway here) beckons to a Tangerine Dreamesque midregister staccato pattern; unearthly sonic colorations flutter back & forth over between the right & left channels. “Taking Shape” is built on that very familiar low-octave piano cadence and high-pitched bell loop which are well-known for their automatic ability to usher in a sense of dread. While that track is the best ode, one might say, “Futile Burn” is a prime slice of celluloid hypno-rock, providing an infectious minimalistic melody over endless washes of thick strings and a guitarlike, sawtooth bass—(faux) ‘Tron strings enter midway through, as well.

The now-signature eighth-note bell pattern returns on “Orange Shadow” and maintains its foreboding presence throughout—ghostly choirs, deep analog bass, and perc-loops do the rest. “Unnatural Evil” is an atmospheric, moderately gothic interlude that resonates with an introspect sobriety. This piece also works for the Fog, but this is much, much better than anything found on that twenty-something year-old film’s soundtrack! “Block Desolation” and “Roster Of The Doomed” complete the sonic trilogy begun with “Taking Shape” while remaining unique musical abstractions on their own; “Roster” differs by utilizing an ‘illbient’ bass riff.

Markedly “whirly” sequences, layered together like strata—not unlike the sort found on some of Steve Roach’s mid-1980s albums—launch on cue when it’s “Time To Carve,” followed up with another 80s Franke-era TD arpeggio. In a twist, “45 Lampkin Lane” unveils a sharp contrast to the initial scheme by switching sharply to an amorphous alter ego: ghostly FX and thick slabs of analog texture shift & resonate freely like an excess of oil & acrylic paints running down a canvas—the hands-down spookiest outing of the album, and one of the best tracks. And with utmost certainty, all good things come to an end, as this production does with “Uncertain Resolution,” but we shan’t spoil all of the surprises.

A very limited run of 400 copies of Halloween Returns To Haddonfield will be pressed; these will be first be made available to the 2-3,000 attendees of the convention. Again, this is an album of original music that will appeal to soundtrack fiends and prog zombies who appreciate the film scores of John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream, John Harrison, Goblin & Claudio Simonetti.

Added: October 3rd 2003
Reviewer: Elias Granillo

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released October 31, 2003

Creative Consultant: Sean Clark
CD Design: Anthony Masi
Malfunction Records 2003

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California musician Dan J. Schulte has been composing electronic music since 1985, primarily inspired by an amalgam of electronic music pioneers, horror, fantasy, science fiction and plenty of other random pop culture. Dan's commercial work includes Horror's Hallowed Grounds, Halloween: 25 Years of Terror and the award-winning documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy ... more

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