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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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Terrific book!

For casual or die hard Halloween fans (or horror fans in general) this is an awesome book! So informative and so well-done! Looking forward to the next one!

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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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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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Glorious

A fantastic explanation of the Halloween franchise. The original has been my favorite movie since I was a 8 year old child, here I am 21 years later and I've gotten more details on these films than I've ever gatherer before. Highly recommend this and cannot wait to listen to Taking Shape II.

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A Halloween fan's dream!

This book has everything a die-hard Halloween fan could ask for! So much background information on the franchise we all love.

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A Must For Fans Of The Films

A wealth of knowledge for us “Halloween” fans. Well researched and written, and the narration is also very good. Highly recommend for any fan of the franchise who wants to dive deep behind the scenes.

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very interesting tidbits

its cool to read up on john carpenters Halloween and the legacy it has brought over the years as a franchise

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For Fans of any movie in this Franchise

This was a great listen and kudos to the narrator for being able to keep the interview and subject separate. I loved all the behind the scenes trivia on every Halloween film. This book made me appreciate each one. Even the ones I didn't care for. I sometimes forget that no one sets out to make a bad film and that sometimes the best of intentions can get ruined by studio politics. seriously a damn good book that runs pretty well paced. I was never bored hearing this

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A must for Halloween fans!

A perfect book for true blue fans of the Halloween films! Once I started listening I couldn't stop!

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Just wow!!!

As a huge Halloween fan, I ate up every second of this book! I already want to listen to it a second time. Very much worth your credit if you are a fan of the franchise like I am.

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Incredible

A fascinating, well researched dive into the mixed bag series. Never dull, always entertaining.

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  • 02-11-22

Behind The Mask

This is a fantastic look behind the movie Halloween, it's really interesting and fun to find out more about my favourite Horror film.

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  • 11-05-21

Fantastic from start to finish

As a fan of the series this was a facinating listen. Brilliantly researched & presented. This will be one i will revisit again & again.

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  • 08-09-22

The definitive book on the Halloween franchise

I have been an avid Halloween fan my whole life and thought I already knew everything about the series but this book proved me wrong, it is amazing! and filled with so many interesting details. I highly recommend taking shape and the sequel to all fans of Halloween and Michael Myers.