BARE BONES BOOK REVIEW: TAKING SHAPE by DUSTIN McNEILL and TRAVIS MULLINS

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TAKING SHAPE: DEVELOPING HALLOWEEN FROM SCRIPT TO SCREAM

by DUSTIN McNEILL and TRAVIS MULLINS

Taking Shape: Developing Halloween From Script To Scream was a really fun and informative read that is a must for any fan of the Halloween film franchise. Dustin McNeill and Travis Mullins use a host of interviews and quotes from a variety of people involved in the productions, from John Carpenter’s original classic to Rob Zombies re-imaginings to the newest installment released in 2018. We get script and story development on all the films, accounts of the production shoots, unmade script details and sometimes tales of development hell, scarier than the films themselves, when attempted sequels fell victim to artistic differences and studio interference. It’s a fast and fun read and one that gives a detailed account of the making of one of horror’s most renown series from many of those who were involved. A recommended read for anyone who is a fan of this classic franchise, or horror movies and filmmaking in general.

-MonsterZero NJ

three and one half stars rating

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