John Carpenter’s Firestarter

Next month, the reboot of Stephen King’s Firestarter is coming to theaters and Peacock. Ryan Kiera Armstrong will take over the title role of Charlene “Charlie” McGee, as originally played by Drew Barrymore in the 1984 film. While Tangerine Dream provided the music for the original Firestarter, the reboot is getting a new score by horror icon John Carpenter (Halloween, The Fog, They Live). For over a decade, Carpenter has largely focused on his music rather than directing or scoring movies. To celebrate Carpenter’s return to the realm of horror, Sacred Bones Records is offering several variations of his Firestarter score as a vinyl release. Via Bleeding Cool, one of the most visually striking variants is Waxwork Records’ exclusive Firestarter “Flame Burst” vinyl. As you can see in the image below, the cover jacket is die-cut on Charlie’s eyes, revealing the fire within. The actual vinyl itself provides the color of Charlie’s flames.

The Firestarter soundtrack utilizes some of the best elements of 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.

You can hear some of those classic Carpenter sounds for yourself in the video below, which features the end titles for the Firestarter reboot. John Carpenter’s Firestarter vinyl score is available for pre-order at the official site for Sacred Bones Records. The Firestarter reboot will hit theaters and Peacock on Friday, May 13.

Killed Karyn Kusama’s Dracula Film

Looks like Dracula isn’t getting out of his coffin anytime soon. Deadline reports that Blumhouse and Miramax’s forthcoming Dracula film Mina Harker has been scrapped, three weeks before cameras were set to roll. The movie was set to be directed by Karyn Kusama and star Hamilton original cast member and #FreeRayshawn Emmy winner Jasmine Cephas Jones. Set in contemporary Los Angeles, the movie was supposed to follow Jones’ Mina Harker—the main female character in Dracula, Bram Stoker’s 1887 gothic horror novel—and her relationship with a modern version of Stoker’s protagonist named Vladimir. However, sources say the film is no longer going forward because of creative differences between Miramax and Kusama. The crew for Mina Harker was informed that production would cease a few hours before Deadline broke the news on Tuesday afternoon. Along with directing, Kusama was going to produce the film with Jason Blum, Phil Hay, and Matt Manfredi, and Miramax’s Bill Block. Hay and Manfredi, frequent Kusama collaborators, were set to write the script based on Stoker’s novel.

Kusama recently received acclaim as executive producer and pilot director on Showtime’s hit series Yellowjackets. Previously, she directed the Golden Globe–nominated L.A. noir Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman. Jones recently starred as Ashley in Starz’s series Blindspotting, which is currently in production on season two in Oakland, California.

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