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The Soundtrack That Inspired Me
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The Soundtrack That Inspired Me | Clint Mansell on John Carpenter’s Halloween
Clint Mansell on John Carpenter’s Halloween

"When we first met in about 1996, one thing that Darren Aronofsky and I agreed on was that we hated film music – we just thought it was rubbish at that time – but one score we agreed on was Halloween and John Carpenter. There was a lot of movie music out there but you couldn’t get at it all like you can now, so Halloween was one that really crept into the consciousness. It was a global touchstone for a lot of people. Carpenter’s approach to scoring them created a whole new genre and influenced so many films. Assault On Precinct 13 was another. I’ve never actually met John Carpenter – I was approached to score The Ward, but there was a lot of hoopla around it and it didn’t feel right to me – but his scores were like a germ that grew in me over the years."

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