It's been a long, hard road for Halloween III: Season of the Witch to be accepted within the Halloween franchise, but it is now widely considered to be not only one of the best horror movies of the ‘80s but one of the best sequels period. The film is unique not only due to it lacking Michael Myers (save for a brief appearance on a TV screen) but also for its score. John Carpenter and Alan Howarth completely jettisoned their previous work and deliver nothing short of an electronic masterpiece. Lead track "Chariots Of Pumpkins" is an epic 4/4 beat-driven synth-banger that has regularly been played by DJs over the last 10 years. The rest of the score features lush pads, Linn drums aplenty and veers from beautiful blissed-out ambient drones to sinister stinger-driven mood pieces. Absolutely outstanding stuff. Designed by Alan Hynes, the packaging for this colored 180g vinyl reissue is also completely singular and jaw-dropping, solidifying what an outlier Halloween III is in the overall series.
John Carpenter - Halloween III