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Halloween: The Official Movie Novelization

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  55 reviews
In 1978, Laurie Strode survived an encounter with Michael Myers, a masked figure who killed her friends and terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night. Myers was later gunned down, apprehended and committed to Smith's Grove State Hospital.

For forty years, memories of that nightmarish ordeal have haunted Laurie and now Myers is back once again on Hallo
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Titan Books
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I loved it! The book is just like the movie with a few more things in the book that I'm hoping are in the deleted scenes when the movie comes out! At least I hope it will have deleted scenes!

If you're interested, I am going to leave a link to my BLOG page that shows me and mom going to the movie. It was a check mark of things I wanted to do for getting through my cancer treatment. Now if I can just keep the cancer away! There is a picture of me and mom that we didn't figure out how to take unti
Ana O
Michael Myers is baaaaaaack.


Halloween l, Halloween ll and Halloween H20 are truly the only Halloween movies that matter. I have high hopes for the new Halloween though. Jamie Lee Curtis is back. John Carpenter is back with a new score. Halloween 2018 is a direct sequel to the original. Michael Myers and Laurie Strode are not related. Everything after the original movie is no longer considered canon.

*softly singing Mr Sandman while sipping chamomile tea*

I went to the premiere of new Halloween movie couple of weeks ago with my husband. Naturally, I did rock my fan shirt, bought tons of candy and took a seat next to a man who most of the movie was scared enough to whisper ohmigaads for multiple times. Ain't that just my fucking luck.

My husband has never been a huge fan of horror, but leans towards action films - I made him come with me (the last time I went to the movies was 15 years ago), and he kept teasing me by calling Mikey as Jason. Gosh, I
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
"We fight to survive. He is a killer. But he will be killed tonight."

This was such a fun read! It was the perfect book to end October with, and I really enjoyed it. The storytelling is so close to the movie, and it was very easy to visualize.

I think the Halloween novelization is good for fans, and for people who haven't seen the movie. The story is told well, and it was fun to spend some time in Haddonfield in a literary format.
Russell Holbrook
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's Halloween. It's Michael and Laurie. It's awesome!

I had a blast reading this novelization of the 2018 film. I enjoyed the way we, as readers, get somewhat of a view from The Shape's perspective. However, there's no internal dialog from Mr. Meyers, of course. I mean, we can assume that he has some sort of thought process, but to delve into that could be problematic, and I'm glad the author didn't attempt it.

As this is the first movie novelization I've ever read, I suppose that it's pretty m
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first novelization I have been excited about since I was a teenager. I had pre-ordered the book along with the film's soundtrack, which I listened to while reading the novelization. Let's just say the music really got me in the perfect Halloween mood!

Since I haven't seen the film yet, I have no idea if the novelization follows closely to it. Most of the time, films can have reshoots and last minute changes that differ from the screenplays, which the novelizations are based on. For
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lean, mean, & scene by scene, this is a terrific adaptation, up there with Alan Dean Foster's best tie-in work.
Mark R.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it

I picked up this book after having recently read over some of the novelizations from my youth. Back then, I'd read the books as soon as they came out--or as soon as I noticed them on the shelf at Walden Books--eager for the story, not even minding that I'd know the whole thing by the time the movie was released. I wouldn't do that as a spoiler-conscious adult, but when I saw the new "Halloween" had been adapted as a novelization, thought it might be fun to read after seeing the movie.

I act
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I miss the "Movie Novelization" a kid in the 70's, they seemed fairly common. Today, not so much. So I was excited about this one.
I have read the previous novelizations for the 1st 4 Halloween films...all were good.
One fun thing I look for is the differences between the finished film, and the novelization---usually an early version of the screenplay is used for the book...
There are a few such differences with Halloween.
It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived an attack by Michael
Hayden Gilbert
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
There was no movie I was more psyched for last year than the return of Halloween. I was disappointed to say the least. So I tried finishing the novelization before revisiting it, but it's just so bad, even by novelization standards. The Halloween franchise has a history of having the likes of Dennis Etchison doing the novelizations for 2 and Season of the Witch, and oftentimes, when written by a talented author, they can be a way of gaining insight into the story and side characters, building th ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading a Halloween novelization and it was just as gruesome and gross as I had expected. The details paint the perfect picture of the characters surroundings and the death details are so fine that my stomach often lurched.

I found the plot to be an interesting take since it takes place in a new dimension that disregards the film's original sequel. We find that Michael's madness has manifested in Laurie and drove her past the point of paranoia, into what some would call ins
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not yet watched the latest Halloween film that this was based on but have watched the others. Book was enjoyable
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites
Halloween is my favorite horror film franchise! When I found out this would be a book I had to have a copy. Unfortunately, the other Halloween books go for $100 due to limited print quanity, but I finally have one of the novels in my possession! Michael Myers is back! This takes place 40 years after the murders in 1978. Michael is known for killing some teenagers in Haddonfield with no real motive for committing the crimes. This novel ignores all the sequels, they never happened. For forty years ...more
Sean Kennedy
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Actually not a bad novelization. The author gives some depth to characters and settings that a lot of novelizations overlook in order to churn out a product.
Lance Dale
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the movie and this followed it pretty close. My only complaint is it didn't really add anything to the story. This really isn't the author's fault as I'm sure he didn't really have the option of taking any artistic liberties with the story. If you liked the movie you will probably also like this book. If you didn't like it, this book is not going to change your mind.
Christine Desrochers-Broderick
Kind of boring maybe the movie is better? Gasp! Did I just say that lol
Marie Aitchison
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Halloween book adaptation from the new 2018 movie was the perfect final horror read before Halloween night arrives. I enjoyed it and went to see the new movie in the theater after I finished. The movies are classic horror and great for this time of year. Michael Myers is an OG of this genre. So, when I saw that the book came out last week I had to get it. There’s just something so frightening about a masked killer who is extremely calm on the surface but so capable of cold blooded murder. Th ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own
5 ★
I watched the movie obviously before I had read this book. Some of the scenes where different, the sequence was different, and some bonus material... I loved this so much more than the movie. I mean I liked the movie, but I really like how John Passarella executed the story in writing. Amazing!
Ricardo Sosa
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brian Quast
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scary F'n film. 🎃
Scary F'n book. 🎃
R. E. Henderson
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED the book!
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m ready to see the movie!
Sissy BP
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! Can't wait to see the movie.
Paul Downey
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good adaptation of the film

This is a great companion to the latest Halloween film and provides some longer scenes that were cut in the film. Well worth a read for fans.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
A few preambles.

I have not seen the new Halloween film so everything I'm about to say is grounded completely in the book.

And while I may pretend that the book exists in a vacuum, I also have to acknowledge that this isn't really the case. So I want to make sure it's clear that whatever criticisms I may be putting down here, I can't really hang it on John Passarella. While I'm sure he was given some room to roam, because this is a novelization, it means he was handed this story, fully formed fo
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the 2018 Halloween movie so when I found out about the novelization I knew I had to read it. While I really enjoyed the book for most people out there is little reason to read it unless you're a die hard Halloween fan like me. There are only a handful of differences between the book and movie. The biggest one is that we find out what happens to Allyson's louse of a boyfriend in the movie he kind just wanders off the screen and we never see him again in the book we get a detailed explanat ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Billy McLaughlin
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and intense.

A little bit of head hopping made for a slowing of the reading process. However this is a worthy adaption of a very good movie. I wouldn’t critique the content of the book as I know it’s a very faithful extension of the movie so the writer isn’t really responsible for the plot.

The plot itself is terrific. Laurie is the survivor of the 1978 Myers massacre. 40 years of waiting, planning and preparing herself has left her a lonely and broken woman. Nobody has ever helped Laurie de
I’m a huge fan of the original even went on a date when I went into see it. Now that was scary...the mother of all slasher films, maybe the first.

Although I enjoyed this book it’s not a mass of tingle, screaming situations which had me on the edge of my seat.

It’s really a standard bunch of instances which are quite predictable - lots of people die in various ways mostly on Hallowe’en.

I also felt that some of the choices made by some of the characters were just plain ...well stupid...rather li
Jason Watkins
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do you reintroduce to world to the devilish Michael Myers? Halloween is the near reboot of the Halloween series, taking place after the original 1978 Halloween and replacing Halloween II and the rest of the series. Barring the name and the fact that I am not fond of the whole replacement factor, the book itself was an excellent read on its own merits. However, barring a few extra scenes in the book, if you have seen the new movie, then you have read the book. They are nearly exactly the same ...more
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