For many genre movie lovers, the name John Carpenter holds a special reverence. The man brought Halloween, Escape From New York, The Fog, The Thing, They Live, and In The Mouth of Madness --- to name just a few --- to life. He's also known as a fantastic soundtrack composer with a very distinct, dark-synth style in his own right. His recently released non-soundtrack album, Lost Themes, fills the void for many a barren fan's cravings.
Just days ago, the first official music video for Lost Themes was unleashed. Directed by Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst, Night follows Carpenter as he puts on a virtual reality device and experiences driving a gleaming black muscle car throughout Los Angeles. Lavishly colored nightscapes roll across the screen of this 80s-ish, sci-fi-noir story. Although Carpenter brings a bat to a katana fight when he rolls into a garage to face a foe, it appears that he's got plenty of fury for fuel.
So how did the video come about? Hignight had this to say about the horror icon:
"I've worked with the label before. When it came time for this project, I submitted a pitch to the label and Carpenter. It was a real treat to work with him. I'm just one of many who have been hugely influenced by his work, visually, in theme and tone, and in music. It's been great to see creators in our generation who are influenced by Carpenter, rising up and making stuff. It's also great to see new generations discovering and becoming fans of his work."
What do you think of the video? Are you excited to see more Lost Themes videos?