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Spend Halloween with John Carpenter: Why the horror movie man wants to play scary music, just for you

When John Carpenter was a boy, he found some music paper and started scribbling away “like a crazy person,” he said. His father, a music professor at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, played the piece — Carpenter’s first avant-garde composition.“Garbage is what it was,” Carpenter says drolly.Carpenter is best known for his prolific directing career, with a body of horror and sci-fi films that includes “Escape From New York,” “They Live” and the original “Halloween.” What fewer people remember — or ever realized — is that each of those films featured an original score by Carpenter, and in the last few years he’s taken his love for music into the recording studio — and on ...