Alan Howarth to share spooky movie music in Big Sandy

(Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Alan Howarth creates nightmares.

He is the man behind some of the creepiest sounds used in the movies. He makes sound effects and composes music that creeps people out and makes them squirm with dread in their seats. He wants to make your skin crawl and for you to scream like a baby.

Howarth worked with director John Carpenter on all of the “Halloween” movies and has contributed to the scores of dozens of movies including “Poltergeist,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and the “Star Trek” movies.

During a show on Saturday night at the Big Sandy Music Hall, 100 S. Tyler St., Big Sandy, Howarth will perform on the keyboard music and sounds he created for movies, said Kate Kirby, one of the venue’s owners.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15. A VIP experience that includes visiting with Howarth during a dinner at 6:30 p.m. before the show costs $35. Tickets can be purchased at

Kirby said that during the show on Saturday, Howarth plans to record the screams of audience members with the possibility of using some of the screams in his future sound effect work.

You can hear some of Howarth’s recordings on his website,


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