John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's highly synthesized score for Halloween II and Paul McCollough's Night of the Living Dead (1990) score have been pressed for vinyl by Death Waltz and Strange Disc Records, respectively, and will be released this Wednesday by Mondo. We have a look at the vinyl covers, release details, and insightful info on why both of these scores still resonate with horror fans.

Details and images on both vinyl releases (as well as a Michael Myers enamel pin) are below, and keep an eye out for these items on Mondo's website this Wednesday, September 19th at 12:00pm CT!

HALLOWEEN II - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP. Artwork by Paul Mann. Webstore Exclusive pressed on 180 Gram Red, Orange and Blue vinyl. Also available on 180 Gram Orange vinyl. Expected to Ship in September 2018. $32

Death Waltz Recording Co., is proud to present the return of one of horror's scariest boogeymen - as well as one of the genre's most iconic themes - with John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's score to HALLOWEEN II. Set directly after the events of the first film, Rick Rosenthal's sequel sets itself up as the slasher equivalent of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, making a family connection between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers while getting some good kills in at the same time. Carpenter and Howarth's score is beefier and more intense than before, using layers of electronics to drive the audience to madness.

As before, Myers aka “The Shape” is propelled by that theme, souped up with a new and more powerful arrangement from Carpenter and Howarth. HALLOWEEN II is more overtly synth - and is perhaps less focused - than the original score, although that certainly means it's nastier and more schizophrenic. The score also brings back the evocative "Laurie's Theme," incorporating into a score full of harrowing musical effect; its synthesized howls and wails pierce your ears, so that by the time 'Mr. Sandman' comes around, you'll feel just like the final girl - delirious at having survived the aural ordeal. And that's just when "The Shape" wakes up.

NOTE: Due to demand, to ensure everyone is able to complete their HALLOWEEN 1-5 vinyl collection, we will open up HALLOWEEN 2 up for pre-order if the initial pressing sells out."

Michael Myers Enamel Pin. Designed by Matt Ryan Tobin. 1.5" in Height on 2"x3" Backing. Expected to Ship in October 2018. $10

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP. Released by Strange Disc Records. Expected to Ship in November 2018.

"NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990) is a remake of George Romero’s 1968 zombie classic of the same name. Directed by Tom Savini, the film stars iconic horror actors Tony Todd (Candyman), Tom Towles (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) and Bill Moseley (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre).

Savini was initially hired to perform the special effects but was persuaded to direct by Romero who also rewrote the original 1968 screenplay and gave his seal of approval. Scoring duties were handled by writer-composer-actor Paul McCollough (known for his work on Midnight, The Crazies, Santa Claws, etc). Whilst the original film was mostly stock soundtrack, the score in Savini’s version is more 'Carpenter-esque' and the synth provides some very eerie effects used brilliantly throughout out the film. Paul delivers a frightening and disturbing (in all the right ways) score here…giving it an atmosphere of creepy supernatural darkness and a feeling of impacting doom. Listener beware … you won't be able to listen to this without having to look behind your shoulder!"

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    Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

    The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).