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The ‘Halloween’ Theme: What Makes the Music so Scary?

The music from the 1978 film Halloween was revolutionary, not just because director John Carpenter also composed the score, but because of Carpenter’s adventurous use of early synth pads and stabs, which helped him create one of the most powerful and creepiest soundtracks of all time.

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