New Book Dives into 40 Years of Halloween Movie History

Taking Shape: Developing Halloween from Script to Scream is available now.

By Chris Morse

With two new Halloween sequels filming back to back, this is as good a time as any to reflect on the past 40 years of the legendary horror franchise. That’s exactly what authors Dustin McNeill and Travis Mullins have set out to do in their new book, Taking Shape: Developing Halloween from Script to Scream, which just launched today on Amazon and elsewhere. See below for official details.

Silver Shamrock. Thorn. White Horses. It’s all in here. Join authors Dustin McNeill and Travis Mullins for a deep dive into the evolution of Halloween’s vast mythology. Extensively researched, TAKING SHAPE is the ultimate guide to the first forty years of Haddonfield history. Featuring exclusive interviews with filmmakers from every installment, prepare to gain new insight into Halloween’s iconic boogeyman. Oh, you don’t believe in the boogeyman? You should.

TAKING SHAPE includes:

  • Comprehensive story analysis on the entire series!
  • A rundown of all deleted and alternate scenes!
  • A look at what scholars got right (and wrong) about H1!
  • Exclusive details on Nigel Kneale's original H3 script!
  • Comparisons of early scripts to the final theatrical films!
  • A rare interview with H5 screenwriter Michael Jacobs!
  • An exhaustive account of H6's troubled production!
  • An examination of H20’s roots as a direct-to-video sequel!
  • A revealing look behind the grunge of the Rob Zombie era!
  • Insight into how test audiences and execs shaped the films!
  • In-depth dissection of the official novelizations!

As mentioned above, Taking Shape: Developing Halloween from Script to Scream has an abundance of content for Halloween lovers, ranging from story analysis and interviews to scenes that didn’t make the cut and a look at some early scripts. There is plenty here to keep a horror fan busy, so be sure to head on over to Amazon and check it out!

The legend of The Shape continues with Halloween Kills hitting theaters on October 16th, 2020 and Halloween Ends arriving on October 15th, 2021. Be sure to follow Dead Entertainment for all the latest news and updates and these films as well as all things Halloween.

About the Author

Chris Morse

Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo

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