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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 40 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!
©2019 Dustin McNeill (P)2020 Mark Alan Miller

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Important for Halloween fans

As a die hard fan of the franchise, it is satisfying to have such in depth interviews regarding every film in the series up to date. Long live The Shape!

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Fun book

Fun book, great energetic narration. I learned quite a few things about this series. If you’re a fan of the films, this is worth a listen.

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Halloween fans will love this book it's great

interviews are well done very informative stuff the writers show they care
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Halloween is my favorite movie and franchise of all time very glad I have this book I'll enjoy the second one after I get done with the first

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Good job guys!

I like that all the movies get their own time instead of it being all about the original (though it is awesome)

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Glorified research paper

While this is packed with good eats .. they mostly come from existing sources ... books .... and even you tube ! It was a great way to spend October 2020... but had it had real effective interviews ... it could have been a classic

Good fun for Halloween 2020

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Impressive compendium on the HALLOWEEN franchise

TAKING SHAPE does a praise-worthy job of examing every entry in the HALLOWEEN film franchise, from the scripts to the novelizations to the finished (and unfinished) products. What fans get is an insider's look into the development and production of one of the most iconic horror movie franchises in history. McNeill and Mullins offer their own commentary on the films, and while I don't always agree with their takes, I find they are thoughtful and informed. Ex: no, Halloween: Resurrection will never be a good film, even if I haven't watched it in some time.

Highly recommended for HALLOWEEN, horror, and film fans alike.

Christian Francis deserves a shout out for his narration. I LOVED his dramatic readings of Loomis's lines and thoroughly enjoyed how he read the interviews. Well done.

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Every fan’s dream come true!

A wonderfully thorough investigation into every Halloween film ever made between 1978 and 2018. Each film is given equal, loving attention by the authors, and the book is filled with goodies galore. The narrator is British and an absolute delight to listen to. If you love the series or are simply curious about the inner workings of a decades old franchise, look no further. It’s all right here. Enjoy!