Reviewed! V/A - 'Halloween II' Soundtrack

Various Artists
Halloween II Soundtrack

Rob Zombie has historically had a knack for putting together excellent movie soundtracks, from ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ and ‘The Devils Rejects’ to ‘Halloween,’ and his latest, ‘Halloween II’ is no exception.

Every movie released doesn’t facilitate the need for its own soundtrack, but for some reason, they all get one. There have been a few soundtracks over the past number of years that have warranted a listen, mainly because bands have stepped up and manned the helm, most notably Godsmack with the ‘Scorpion King’ Soundtrack and Slipknot with ‘Resident Evil.’ For the longest time, movie soundtracks have taken a severely bad rap in the music industry, something Zombie has been attempting to put an end to.

With ‘Halloween II,’ Zombie has gathered a rather choice collection of tracks, both old and new, in an attempt to transfer some of the suspense and sheer terror from the silver screen to CD, an experiment that succeeds at times. The Moody Blues’ ‘Knights In White Satin’ is a definite pace setter, a track that not only brings the listener almost literally into Haddonfield, Illinois due to its eerie, sonic lurking, but one that also opens the soundtrack with a bit of flair. Zombie lets the good times roll with other such classics by MC5 (‘Kick Out the Jams’), Rod Stewart (‘(I Know) I’m Losing You’), Foghat (‘I Just Want To Make You Love Me’) and Motorhead (‘The Chase Is Better Than the Catch’), taken from their legendary record, ‘Ace of Spades.’

Zombie just doesn’t spend all his time waxing nostalgic throughout, as he also includes tracks from modern, as well as unknown, bands and musicians, including tracks from (fictional) band Captain Klegg and the Night Creatures (‘Transylvania Terror Train,’ ‘Honky Tonk Halloween’), John 5 (‘Laurie’s Theme’) and Tyler Bates (‘Nurse Killa’), who also remade the original Halloween theme for Zombie’s first ‘Halloween’ soundtrack. They have also contributed to other movie soundtracks like ‘The Watchmen’ and ‘Doomsday.’

The absolute best part of this record is the fact that Zombie has wedged clips, quotes and audio from the movie itself in-between the full tracks. This is how you will hear the soundtrack begin and end, a practice that soundtracks got away from, ultimately leading to their laughing stock nature. You will hear a number of screams and dialogue from ‘Halloween II’ before the movie hits screens nationwide, which is the top selling point of the soundtrack on the whole.

Grade: B
Listen to: ‘Knights in White Satin’