John Carpenter isn’t just the director of the classic films Assault on Precinct 13, Escape from New York, The Fog, Halloween, and others—he also did the distinctive soundtracks to those movies. In fact, Carpenter’s pioneering use of atmospheric, electronic music has shaped our idea of how a horror or suspense film should sound.
In February, Carpenter released his first solo album that wasn’t a film score—but Carpenter being Carpenter, it’s fair to say whatever music he creates is cinematic, whether it’s attached to a movie or not. The filmmaker acknowledges as much with the title of the album: Lost Themes (available on Sacred Bones Records). “They’re little moments of score from movies made in our imaginations,” Carpenter says. “Now I hope it inspires people to create films that could be scored with this music.”
Well, it has inspired someone: Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst, co-directors of the clip below. Presumably, Carpenter himself liked their idea—that’s him in the video playing the old dude who straps on the virtual reality goggles.