John Carpenter at Orpheum

John Carpenter at Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

Do you remember the good ol’ days of horror films? The ‘80s to be exact. Michael Jackson's Thriller, Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th, Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street, ring a bell? As a kid, I can remember digging through my dad’s VHS collection and coming across a film called Christine, directed by John Carpenter. It was about a young man's love obsession with a red, 1958 Plymouth Fury that was possessed by an evil spirit, who ran over its victims out of a jealous rage.

Christine led me to exploring more films directed by Carpenter. Some people may not realize this, but he is also a musical composer; creating many of his own custom compositions including the anthems to Halloween and They Live. With his son Cody and composer Daniel Davies, they’ve been creating new music over the last few years, thus creating a release for their debut albums entitled Lost Themes 1 and 2.

On June 18, the group teamed up to play a live concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA. Hundreds of people were lined up, congesting Broadway Ave., anticipating the show. Once inside the venue, fans went to purchase memorabilia, others went to grab refreshments, taking selfies and others went straight to their seats awaiting a great show.

Some of the music played from Lost Themes 1 and 2 were “Vortex,” “Fallen,” “Abyss” and “Purgatory.” Carpenter also rocked the house with scores from Halloween, Assault on Precinct 13, Christine, Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York. Those in attendance were extremely engaged with the music as film clips played in the background, taking us back to the days of grand, horror filmmaking. For fans alike, this was truly an exclusive engagement not to be missed.

Text and photos by Alexander G. Seyum

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