The largely unsurprising soundtrack to Rob Zombie's "re-imagining" of John Carpenter's genre-defining Halloween
rests on two major building blocks: snippets of dialogue from the new movie and classic 1970s rock track. Nothing surprising among the latter, which includes arena-rock classics such as Blue Oyster Cults "Don't Fear the Reaper, " Alice Cooper's "Only Women Bleed," and Kiss's "God of Thunder." The songs still sound great, of course; whether you need to hear them yet again is another matter. Too bad there aren't more left-field picks like the Misfits' "Halloween II" and Nan Vernon's new sweet/spooky cover of "Mr. Sandman." Good mood-setting interstitials are provided by brief lines delivered by the film's stars, such as Malcolm McDowell (in the Donald Pleasance role) and Scout Taylor-Compton (in the Jamie Lee Curtis role). There are only two cues from Tyler Bates' score. One is an update of the original movie's famously minimalist theme (penned by Carpenter himself); the other, "The Shape Stalks Laurie," is understated but very efficient, at times using dense sonic textures that verge on industrial. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
From acclaimed musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie (THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES) comes an entirely new take on the highly successful and terrifying Halloween legacy that began in 1978. While revealing a new chapter in the established Michael Myers saga, the film will surprise both classic and modern horror fans with a departure from prior films in the Halloween franchise. Audiences should brace themselves for unprecedented fear as Zombie turns back time to uncover the making of a pathologically disturbed, even cursed child named Michael Myers. Written and directed by Rob Zombie, The Weinstein Company opens Halloween on over 2000 screens on August 31st.