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!

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The book's interviews include:

Dean Cundey

Cinematographer - H1, H2, H3

The legendary DP discusses working with Carpenter and the challenges of having Halloween's first sequel helmed by a freshman filmmaker.

Larry Rattner

Writer (Story) - H4

 FIRST ENGLISH INTERVIEW! 
The elusive H4 screenwriter opens up about cracking the story for the Shape's long-awaited return in H4. 

Dominique Othenin-Girard

Writer/Director - H5

The visionary filmmaker recalls tossing out H5's original screenplay, breaking all the franchise rules, and his film's newly rediscovered deleted scenes

Kevin Williamson

Writer, Exec Producer - H20

The SCREAM scribe dishes on how H20 came together with star Jamie Lee Curtis and his last-minute rewrite of the shooting script.

Patrick Lussier

Editor - H20

​​The filmmaker reflects on H20's production woes including the Shape's many masks and the controversy surrounding John Ottman's original score

Glenn Garland

Editor - RZH1, RZH2

The Rob Zombie regular talks about the remake's bold creative choices and how the Weinsteins affected the production of both RZH films.

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Tommy Lee Wallace

Writer/Director - H3

The H3 director discusses turning down H2 and his reaction to H3 scribe Nigel Kneale's original vision for the third Halloween, which changed considerably.

Michael Jacobs

Writer - H5

 FIRST INTERVIEW EVER! 

The writer discusses his initial vision for H5, last-minute story changes during filming, and fan reception to the sequel.

Daniel Farrands

Writer - H6

The H6 scribe recounts the infamously troubled production of H6 in great detail and his personal experience working with director Joe Chappelle.

Robert Zappia

Writer - H20

The screenwriter talks about H20's origins as a direct-to-video sequel and how the return of a certain Scream Queen changed everything on the project.

Larry Brand

Writer - H8

In what is sadly his final interview, the writer candidly discusses H8's origins, killing off Laurie Strode, and his creative struggles with the Weinsteins.

Brandon Trost

Cinematographer - RZH2

The filmmaker looks back on the incredibly challenging production of RZH2 and also reflects on Laurie's narrative journey as a trauma survivor.

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THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE INTERVIEWS CONTAINED WITHIN TAKING SHAPE.

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