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John Carpenter cashes in his cool points on 'Lost Themes'

John Carpenter cashes in his cool points on 'Lost Themes'

Everybody’s cribbing moves from John Carpenter these days. Not cinematically, mind you, because the smart-dumb director’s Howard Hawks-like sense of how to handle lots of macho men moving inside a tightly packed frame, all the while summoning some Lovecraftian dread when necessary, is not something today’s ham-fisted horror auteurs can even approximate. Instead, it’s Carpenter’s cheap-sounding, iconic soundtrack work for movies like “Halloween,” “Escape From New York,” and “The Fog,” that’ve become part of the currency of cool: Niche label Death Waltz Recordings has been steadily reissuing his rare soundtracks on vinyl...

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