Few pairings could be so unnervingly perfect as Trent Reznor covering John Capenter’s theme for 1978 horror film Halloween, but here we are, on this blessed Friday the 13, receiving just that.

As Carpenter prepares to release Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, an album of newly-recorded versions of his movie themes, Reznor teams up with Atticus Ross to weave a potent and freaky-as-hell cover of the instrumental Halloween tune.

On the Nine Inch Nails Facebook page, Reznor shared his experience with the classic Halloween flick, citing it as a turning point in “why he turned out the way he did.”

“I clearly remember my friends and I at 13 years old conning our parents into letting us see Halloween when it came out in 1978,” he writes. “We left the theater forever changed. We were damaged and scarred, with the shit genuinely scared out of us and that theme stuck firmly in our heads. John Carpenter, it’s your fault that I turned out the way I did.”

The cover arrives just over a month before Carpenter’s Anthology Tour performance at Royale on November 15, so consider this the official start to the show countdown, with Halloween day being a convenient halfway point.

Peep the tune and hide under the covers below…

Featured Halloween image via Compass International Pictures.

 

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