During a recent interview with Spotify’s Volume Sweden, Ghost’s Tobias Forge discussed the band’s latest single “Hunter’s Moon.” As previously reported, that track was written for the soundtrack of the new “Halloween” film, “Halloween Kills,” which is set to hit theaters on October 15.
Forge said the following:
“The background to this song, specifically this song being associated with the film ‘Halloween Kills’, was that Ryan Turek, who is one of the producers of the film, asked me if I was interested in writing a song for a film and specifically this film. I said that I already have a few songs that might work, and specifically one song that I think could work very well within the concepts of the film.
The seed for that song that I had in mind was originally [just the] title [‘Hunter’s Moon’]. Years ago, I was looking up the meaning of ‘Harvest Moon’, as in the Neil Young record, and within the context of ‘Harvest Moon’, which is essentially… It was, I guess, an article about farming and the moon cycles of farming. And in September, there’s ‘Harvest Moon,’ and in October, after Harvest Moon, around Halloween, it’s ‘Hunter’s Moon.’ And immediately upon seeing that, I thought that, well, if I were to ever write a song about Halloween, as you must do as a gothic rock band, I’m gonna use that title.
When I knew that there was gonna be a song called ‘Hunter’s Moon’ in a ‘Halloween’ film, it was pretty easy to come up with a theme that would simplify the lyrical content. So I wanted the lyrics to be sort of nostalgic, longing back but also semi-romantic and also have a slight sort of ‘siblings love’, ‘friendship love’ question mark. So that is what I wrote.
Sometimes when you write songs, especially if it’s meant to be in a bigger, broader sort of album format, sometimes you can get locked into details, and you’re writing too much into each song — it has to have too much of a purpose — whereas this was pretty simple; it was gonna go hand in hand with ‘Halloween’.”