Howarth performance caps ’35 Years of Terror’ convention

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Composer Alan Howarth performing at the Halloween: 35 Years of Terror convention

Composer Alan Howarth closed out the Halloween: 35 Years of Terror convention at the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday night with a sensational one-man performance of horror’s most-celebrated movie scores.

Taking the stage with a keyboard, laptop and electric guitar, Howarth described his live show as an amalgamation of his own work and classic John Carpenter film scores.

He then launched into a performance of Halloween III’s main titles and Chariots of Pumpkins as the crowd of fans and celebrity guests cheered.

Among those in attendance: Halloween III star Tom Atkins, stuntmen Chris Durand (Halloween H20) and Don Shanks (Halloween 5), and actors Beau Starr (Halloween 5) and Ken Foree (Halloween 2007).

Howarth’s nearly two-hour set included tracks from Christine, Escape From New York, The Thing and the rarely-heard Halloween 6 score.

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The Halloween: 35 Years of Terror convention stage

The convention, marking the 35th anniversary of John Carpenter’s Halloween, featured appearances by more than 60 stars of the 10 Halloween films.

Pasadena had hosted previous conventions for the films in 2008 and 2003.

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