Hear Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' Version of 1978 'Halloween' Theme Song

October 13, 2017
The return of Trent Reznor and his band Nine Inch Nails in the United States on August 2nd 2013 in Chicago, IL at the Lollapalooza music festival.

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There’s something incredibly creepy about the simplicity of the original 1978 Halloween theme song. I’d like to think that even if it didn’t accompany a movie about a serial killer, it’d still weird me out.

So it’s only fitting that if anyone were to cover the eerie theme song, it’d be Trent Reznor. It’s also fitting that his version—done in collaboration with Atticus Ross—dropped on Friday the 13th. Listen below!

The new version of the Halloween theme song can be found on composer/director John Carpenter’s Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 next week. According to Pitchfork, the album will include 13 new versions of theme songs to Carpenter’s movies.

On the project and its origins, Reznor recalls seeing Halloween in theaters, explaining how the movie sacred him so much that it left him and his friends “forever changed.” Still, that didn’t stop him from creating one impressive cover, according to Carpenter, who also said Reznor and Ross’ version does the theme song justice.

What do you think of the new version?