John Carpenter's simple, legendarily creepy Halloween theme is one of the most immediately-recognizable movie themes of all time, and the horror master himself played it live for the first time during a concert (his first ever!) at Los Angeles's Bootleg Theater over the weekend -- not to mention his themes for 1976's Assault on Precinct 13, 1980's The Fog, 1979's Escape from New York, 1983's Christine, 1986's Big Trouble in Little China and 1989's They Live (the latter four of which were co-composed with Alan Howarth). I can only imagine that seeing this live and in person was a religious experience for Carpenter fanatics.

"I direct horror movies," said the writer/director/producer before jumping into Halloween. "I love horror movies. Horror movies will live forever."

Carpenter also performed tracks from his albums Lost Themes and Lost Themes II

You can watch Carpenter perform all of the above-mentioned themes in full or in part thanks to the fan-shot YouTube videos below. Dread Central has a full rundown of the performance here.


Assault on Precinct 13:

Escape from New York:

The Fog:


Big Trouble in Little China:

They Live:

A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.