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Includes: Jacob's Chronicle; Bruce Joel Rubin's book-length essay tracing the script's odyssey to the screen; the complete final shooting script in professional screenwriter's format; and an annotated appendix of deleted scenes.
Paperback, 290 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Applause Books
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James Caterino
I love reading screenplays. The format lends itself to a certain kind of kinetic visual and emotional experience. When read in original spec form in the 8 by 11 format, a well structured screenplay will read like the movie is playing out right before your eyes in real time, i.e. 120 pages will take 2 hours to read.

The only drawback to this book is Bruce Joel Rubin's masterful screenplay is presented in the final shooting script form. Other than that, everything about this book is a treasure for
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JadedlilFecker
Mar 09, 2014 JadedlilFecker rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up for a piddly $.50 at a yard sale last Summer, because I have always..always found the film itself to be one of the greatest in Horror. It's the sort that, even with all of the information and details--you'll still never quite grasp its entirety. In my opinion, it requires personal interpretation, and that's more haunting & impressionable to me because those wounds are always open; there's no finality or resolution, despite the fact that the protagonist seemed to find a ...more
Jonathan Harnisch
May 10, 2013 Jonathan Harnisch rated it it was amazing
Perhaps the best script ever. And the film directed w/ sheer precision. So much dimension and depth. Flawless.
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Jul 16, 2015 Steven rated it really liked it
Shelves: seen-movies, american
Excellent, scary movie.
Ira Livingston
Oct 16, 2014 Ira Livingston rated it it was amazing
As I return to Halloween and this time of year, I reflect on films that scared me back in the day. Then I came across this book in one of my boxes for the office. The screenplay is an awesome piece of work that shed light on the film that I didn't pickup on while watching
AustinT
Oct 15, 2015 AustinT rated it liked it
The movie was very puzzling so I thought reading the screenplay would answer some questions. The actual screenplay was just as screwy but the author's chapter at the back of the book detailing the history - from writing the script, selling it, working with the director to get the story on film revealed the answers.
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