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The official novelization of the highly anticipated revamp of the classic horror film Halloween.

In 1978, Laurie Strode survived an encounter with Michael Myers, a masked figure who killed her friends and terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois, on Halloween night. Myers was later gunned down, apprehended, and committed to Smith's Grove State Hospital. 

For forty years, memories of that nightmarish ordeal have haunted Laurie and now Myers is back once again on Halloween, having escaped a routine transfer, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. This time, Laurie is prepared with years of survival training to protect herself, her daughter Karen and her granddaughter Allyson, a teenager separated from her family and enjoying Halloween festivities.

©2018 John Passarella (P)2018 Blackstone Publishing

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A great companion book to a great movie

Loved the additional scenes that weren't revealed in the movie, helped flesh it out more. Will definitely listen again

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On the loose again.....

Forty years later Michael has escaped again! But this time Laurie is ready for him......

This book follows the course of the movies. Not a lot new here except for the ending... I have always been a Halloween fan and consider this to be the icing on the cake... If you enjoy the Halloween movies i think you will enjoy this one too ☺

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Follows the movie, with more details.

Follows the movie, with more details. You get to know the characters better, especially Allison, Laurie and The Shape, but also side characters like Dana and Aaron are given more life. And the violence is amped up.

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Great Supplement to the Film

If you like novelizations, this one is great. Flushes out the movie with some additional scenes and background information. Definitely well written and I deal for slasher movie fans.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Halloween Returns

Just like the movie. I liked the extra scenes that weren't included in the movie. It just enhanced the experience.

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I absolutely loved this book.

Emily Sutton-Smith kills this reading. I absolutely love this book and truly believe that the authors POV as The Shape is amazing. I would definitely recommend for any Halloween fan!!!

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I don't usually do fiction but this was great!!!

I don't usually listen to fiction but I love the Halloween franchise and this is the first audiobook of a Halloween film I have ever seen available, so I went for it.

It was the best fiction I have read in years. It really did a good job of bringing the film to life.

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A good novelization of a great horror movie!

Halloween 2018 was arguably the most anticipated horror film of the year, and I was pleased with the final product. This novelization provided some background information, expanded character development, and improved upon the theatrical version of the screenplay by David Gordon Green.

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  • Heazie
  • Harrisville, RI
  • 11-23-18

Really sad...

There are so many issues with this book it's staggering. I'm going to list just a few in order to keep it brief enough so that people would actually this and not dismiss it as just a wall of text nonsense, which most will likely already do just based off the 1-star ratings at the top.

Was the author paid extra every time the words "The Shape" were used? I'm not kidding there must have been around 52726587525415 (alright, a little kidding, but there is a massive, MASSIVE over-use of the phrase). I'm convinced that if you took a sip of water every time it's used you'd drown yourself before you hit the halfway mark of the book.

Why are there changes to the story of the movie in this book? I am totally on board with fleshing out scenes and even adding in others based off the content of the movie this is literally a novelization of, but why are there complete scene changes, story changes, and even character changes from the movie? It's baffling to me that this was allowed to be done. It's all so unnecessary, and to bring it back to the overuse of words in the previous complaint, the author seems to go out of his way to over-analyze and over-describe what's going on or to give too much detail at points, almost as if it was required to make the book a certain length. And I'll point out that it was very odd to me the amount of UK English throughout the book. I am perfectly fine with the British people using it because obviously, they would, but why would others who are clearly from middle America speak this way? This kind of stuff REALLY pulls me out of a story. I know to most people that's a major nitpick, but, it's such a big thing to me.

The woman doing the reading is not particularly good at it. Her accents for characters annoyed me and some of them just felt out of place, and she says some words everyone knows how to say wrong. It's weird that no one in the booth pointed this stuff out to her. I'm going to keep her name on my mind to try to avoid anything she's involved in going forward.

If you've seen the movie you know what certain characters motivations are, or how they really feel or will act about something, but in a movie, the audience does not get to see behind the veil. So the mental gymnastics the author goes through to hide the reveals when these characters would have no reason to lie in the inner monologues is ridiculous. I get that betrayals, etc. are difficult to hide in something like this, but an easy way to do it is not have the specific people have the inner monologues...

...which brings me to my final annoyance. We should never have the story told from Michael Myers' perspective. We should never be privy to his inner monologue. I mean, that's literally the whole point of the character, that we DON'T know what's going on in his head!! Oh, and I can almost assure you he wouldn't then refer to himself as "The Shape" half a dozen times in each paragraph of each time he does monologue...

I truly don't know how this has such his praise with the reviews here. There's just so much wrong with this book that I can't believe it exists (easy money, I'd guess). I was so happy and excited to see this pop up by accident. I never expected this would be a thing. Now I wish it really weren't.

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  • SarahC1985
  • 10-25-18

wow, wow, wow!

Absolutely amazing! The suspense kept me up literally all night. I didn't go to sleep until 07:00, until I'd finished the book. Scary, violent, and a damn good read. I haven't seen the film, but seriously thinking about it now. Only thing I wish, that we'd found out exactly what happened that night 40 years ago. As soon as it came up for pre-order, I grabbed it. Couldn't wait for it to come out. We've all heard of the nutorious Michael Myres if we're horror fans, even if we haven't seen the film. This was a finished in one sitting book. I hope we get 2nd book... Brilliant! Can't rate it high enough. I love horror, and this satisfied my cravings! If you love horror, read this!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-18

Excellent

This book was amazing watched the movie and the book was just as gripping. Loved it 🙂

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  • Lee
  • 11-14-18

Halloween 2018

I’m a huge fan of the original even went on a date when I went into see it. Now that was scary...the mother of all slasher films, maybe the first.

Although I enjoyed this book it’s not a mass of tingle, screaming situations which had me on the edge of my seat.

It’s really a standard bunch of instances which are quite predictable - lots of people die in various ways mostly on Hallowe’en.

I also felt that some of the choices made by some of the characters were just plain ...well stupid...rather like the female in one of the horror spoof films who has a choice at a cross roads A) go right to safety, police and family or B) go left certain death, serial killer. She of course goes left. I personally would be running in the general direction of off .. not investigating.

As an insomniac,I finished it overnight but I was left feeling kinda...meh! Mike Myers does what he does again and again.

The narration was exactly right for the book.

I don’t think I will be running out to see the new film on which this book is based rather I’ll go and dig up the Donald Pleasant version.