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Horror Master John Carpenter Creates Iconic New Theme and Audio “Moniker” for AMC’s Shudder, to debut during the free HALLOWEEN-on-Halloween Marathon.


Legendary horror director and composer John Carpenter has created a new official musical theme for Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium on-demand service for horror, thriller and, suspense. The new theme will make its Shudder debut on Oct. 31, 2018, during an 24-hour streaming marathon of Carpenter’s hit 1978 film Halloween.

The marathon will be available for free, all day on October 31, on Shudder TV’s live stream at

Carpenter created both a two-minute version of the theme, appropriately titled “Shudder,” and a five-second version that will serve as the network’s official audio ID, or “moniker.” The moniker will accompany the Shudder logo animation that runs in front of movies and TV series.

“We wanted to create a one-of-a-kind audio identity for Shudder and the first person we thought of was John Carpenter,” said Shudder GM Craig Engler. “We approached John and to our delight he was enthusiastic about the idea and came up with an iconic theme that will enchant and thrill Shudder members every time they hear it.”

The director of many acclaimed and beloved horror films such as The Thing, The Fog and They Live, Carpenter is also revered for his iconic and influential original scores, most recently for 2018’s box-office smashing Halloween sequel.

Carpenter and his band are currently in the last leg of a world-tour, performing both music from his films as well as original compositions. Their tour concludes on Halloween with a performance at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA.

In celebration of the holiday and the new theme, Shudder will be streaming Carpenter’s original Halloween all day on Halloween at Shudder TV (, free for members and non-members alike in the U.S. using the hashtag #ShudderHalloween. The new Carpenter-scored ID will run between airings of the film.

John Carpenter Shudder Moniker:

Shudder by John Carpenter (Full Music Theme):


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