Film: Halloween II
Music Composed and Performed by John Carpenter
In Association With Alan Howarth
Produced by Alan Howarth
Recording, Editing, Sequencing and Synthesizer Programming by Alan Howarth
*Words and music by Pat Ballard
Performed by the Chordettes
Record Label:
Release Date: 1981

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Tracklist
1. Halloween Theme (4:27)
2. Laurie’s Theme (2:50)
3. He Knows Where She Is (1:07)
4. Laurie and Jimmy (3:03)
5. Still He Kills (Murder Montage) (4:35)
6. The Shape Enters Laurie’s Room (1:33)
7. Mrs. Alves (1:43)
8. Flats in the Parking Lot (1:25)
9. Michael’s Sister (3:00)
10. The Shape Stalks Again (3:03)
11. In the Operating Room (1:48)
12. Mr. Sandman* (2:20)

EXPANDED SCORE

Film: Halloween II
Music Composed and Performed by John Carpenter
In Association With Alan Howarth
Produced by Alan Howarth
Recording, Editing, Sequencing and Synthesizer Programming by Alan Howarth
*Words and music by Pat Ballard
Performed by the Chordettes
Record Label: Allan Howarth Records
Release Date: 1981

AUDIO PLAYER

Tracklist
1. Halloween II Theme (4:30
2. Laurie’s Theme (2:54)
3. He Know’s Where She Is (1:08)
4. Laurie and Jimmy (3:05)
5. Still He Kills (4:33)
6. Shape In Laurie’s Room (1:36)
7. Mrs. Alves (1:44)
8. Flats In the Parking Lot (1:26)
9. Michael’s Sister (3:05)
10. The Shape Stalks Again (3:04)
11. Operation Room (1:50)
12. Mr. Sandman by Chordetts, Pat Ballard (2:22) (Not included in iTunes version)
13. Halloween II Suite A (Bonus Mix) (10:06) (Not included in iTunes version)
14. Halloween II Suite B (Bonus Mix) (5:05)
15. Halloween II Suite C (Bonus Mix) (6:36)
16. Halloween II Suite D (Bonus Mix) (3:50
17. Halloween II Suite E (Bonus Mix) (8:09)
18. Halloween II Suite F (5:09)

ITUNES   AMAZON

ABOUT THE SCORE

Following our successful collaboration on Escape From New York, John Carpenter approached me with thoughts on the music for Halloween II. He wanted to employ the latest available synthesizer techniques to extend and vary some of the themes from the original Halloween in addition to creating new ones. The denouement of the Halloween tale occurs in a hospital where “The Shape” stalks and kills. This part of the film employs new musical material which emphasizes the solitude of the halls and wards of the medical center during the terror filled night.

Another new music cue opens this record – the scene it underscores is from the end of the original film where Laurie has knocked down the Shape after being attacked. We then see the Shape sit back up – proving he can not be stopped! I used this cue as a preface for the Halloween Theme. Laurie’s Theme, He Knows Where She Is and Laurie and Jimmy are fresh adaptations of Carpenter’s themes from the original Halloween. The conclusion of side one, Still He Kills, was constructed of “stingers” and shorter cues used during the murders (“stingers” are short, percussive effects which identify the Shape whenever he appears).

The opening track on side two is my personal favorite. The timpani effect produced by the Prophet 10 Synthesizer was just the right sound to set the mood for the film’s second half and I used it as a connective thread in the Shape’s pursuit of Laurie Strode. Flats in the Parking Lot begins with sounds that represent the terror felt by the young nurse when she tries to get away from the hospital for help and discovers that all the vehicles have been sabotaged. The Shape Stalks Again is an adaptation of a Carpenter motif with the addition of an electronic orchestration which takes us up to the final moments – In the Operating Room – where the Shape has been shot and blinded but still won’t die. Then, a huge explosion is triggered, and Halloween II ends. The Shape has been stopped – or has he? -Alan Howarth

STUDIO EQUIPMENT

RECORDERS AND EQUIPMENT

Stephens 821-A 24 trk
Tascam 80-8 8 trk
dbx 155 Noise Reduction (2)
Otari 5050-B 2 trk
Tapco 7424 mixing consoles
Furman PQ-6 Parametric EQ
Furman RV-1 Reverbs (2)
Technics Cassette
MXR DDL
Mutron Phasor

INSTRUMENTS

Prophet 10
Prophet 5
ARP Avator (2)
ARP Quadra
ARP Sequencer
Roland CSQ-600/Sequencer
Sequential Circuits 700 Programmer
Linn LM-1 Drum Computer