John Carpenter Composed the Score for New ‘Firestarter’ Movie; Listen to a Track Now!

by Susan Ryant

Brand new Stephen King adaptation Firestarter is coming to theaters and Peacock on May 13, coming courtesy of Universal, Blumhouse and director Keith Thomas (The Vigil). The coolest news here? The new score is composed by the legendary John Carpenter (Halloween, Christine, The Fog) and his fellow Halloween franchise composers Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies!

This is especially cool considering John Carpenter was originally going to direct the 1980s version of Firestarter, you may recall, but ultimately ended up departing the project.

We’ve learned today that Firestarter: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be released digitally on May 13, and you can listen to the track “Firestarter (End Titles)” below!

Vinyl, CD and cassette formats are slated for October 14 from Sacred Bones.

You can pre-order the soundtrack today.

The score marks the first official soundtrack that the team has composed together outside of the Halloween series and their inspiration and evolution as a creative team is on full display. The Firestarter soundtrack utilizes some of the best elements of John Carpenter’s famous musical repertoire and charts exciting new territory. The tracks range from fist pumping sci-fi anthems to slow reverb drenched piano ballads and each utilizes a variety of sonic applications.

“Skulking beats, skittering synths, crushing guitars and an ever-lurking echo come together to create an album that is atmospheric and also deeply melodic, cohesive and eclectic. These three musicians are all working at the peak of their individual and collaborative creativity and this soundtrack further solidifies them as masters of the craft.”

In Firestarter, “A young girl develops pyrokinetic abilities and is abducted by a secret government agency that wants to harness her powerful gift as a weapon.”

John Carpenter Firestarter score

Below, you can learn all about the original 1980 novel with our weekly Stephen King podcast, The Losers’ Club . You can also stream their recent breakdown of the new trailer here.

Writer in the horror community since 2008. Editor in Chief of Bloody Disgusting. Owns Eli Roth's prop corpse from Piranha 3D. Has four awesome cats. Still plays with toys.