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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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  • JDiNicola
  • 23-09-2021

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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  • Christine Cochran
  • 17-10-2020

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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  • D. P. Leis
  • 02-12-2021

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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  • Dan McCarney
  • 02-12-2021

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-10-2021

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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  • Bridget Lee
  • 23-10-2021

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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  • Kristofer Scott Stoner
  • 07-09-2021

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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  • Jonathan L Martin
  • 15-08-2021

Good stories

Good stories. A little Hard to follow sometimes because it’s the same voice providing both interviewer and interviewee answers. Is really great to hear the background of some of the

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  • Rachel
  • 10-08-2021

Great read for Halloween fans

Hard to put down! Great information and well read audio book. Very entertaining from start to finish.

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  • Alex Ziegler
  • 20-07-2021

As surprising as Michael's knife is sharp.

I went in knowing plenty of the history of the films and found myself learning more and more. A fantastic listen and the pacing works well as you don't linger too long on each movie and get a nice lean information dump that feels clean and organized.

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  • Graham
  • 05-11-2021

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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