John Carpenter releasing lost cues from ‘The Thing’
John Carpenter wrote most of the scores for his films -- like Halloween, Assault on Precinct 13 and Escape from New York -- but for his 1982 masterwork, The Thing, he turned to legendary composer Ennio Morricone. Carpenter ended up recording bits of music for The Thing as well, though many weren't used and the masters to the ones that were have been lost. “Ennio Morricone composed the magnificent score for my movie The Thing," Carpenter explains. "Because we weren’t finished editing the movie, Ennio had to score without seeing a complete picture. When we put everything together, there were gaps dramatically where I would have wanted music. So I went off and scored a couple of simple pieces that filled in.”
Some of those Carpenter cues have now been rerecorded by John, his son Cody Carpenter and fellow collaborator Daniel Davies, and are being released as Lost Cues: The Thing which will be out May 5 via Sacred Bones/Waxwork, along with a reissue of Morricone's original The Thing score (originally reissued in 2017). Both come in gorgeous sleeves and on colored vinyl. Pre-orders -- including a bundle with both -- are available now. You can listen to Morricone's score below.