CLAY’SMIND: The Night He Came Home

Clayton Au

I saw this alternate Japanese poster art for Halloween II (1981) and decided to score it as if I composed the film.

I studied the picture for about 20 minutes and then thought about how music from this decade (Early 1980s) was composed. I made the realization that most compositions (especially horror) were scored very synth-heavy, and very harsh. I purposely made the notes sharp and uneasy, and there’s a bridge that I made that is calmer but still uneasy, similar to how you would feel if the killer was out of sight but not in the house. But it turns out, he never left…