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Halloween: The Official Movie Novelization

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  640 ratings  ·  119 reviews
The official novelization of the highly anticipated revamp of the classic horror film Halloween.

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.

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Kindle Edition, 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
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Michael Myers is to be transferred to Glass Hill to be forever locked away. But there is an accident on the way. He frees itself and "The Shape hunts and The Shape kills." Will Laurie Strode and her family survive his coming back to town finishing what he started on Halloween Eve 40 years ago. What a great tour de force of endless killing and wielding a chef's knife. This is a no nonsense horror and must read for all fans of the Halloween movies. If you want to get back to Halloween, grab this b ...more
Gianfranco Mancini

He pulled out a portion of a white Halloween mask, a piece of Michael Myers' history.
Sartain moved forward to observe the exchange.
Clutching it by the fake hair in back, Aaron held the full mask out before him, like bait or a lure, designed to provoke a reaction- any reaction.
The Shape stood motionless.

A very good adaption of the 2018 Halloween flick, obviously not as good as original classic 1978 low-budget one from John Carpenter and Debra Hill that created the modern slasher movie genre estab
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third sequel to my all time favorite flick. On first viewing, I was contented. But on further analysis, a legitimate understanding of why this series, in all its meta-multiversity, kicks so much ass.

The doctor speaks, his voice weak and raw, "But you promised I could watch." The Shape no longer needs the doctor. (330) There are threads of evil moving puppets about, the tableaux are horrific (cinematic, of course)...

The literary lining is showing! There is an invisible force that talks to Mic
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the film, loved the novelization.

This book fits perfectly with the core themes of the Halloween series; tension, dread, horror, action – everything just works.

The novelization of Halloween feels more in-depth than it’s Hollywood counterpart; from the Shape’s inner monologue to the clear and present danger he evokes in the sights of his victims. The book reads like a 80’s slasher with that omnipresent menace waiting to unleash hell at any given moment (and believe me, there are many, ma
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
4 stars. One of my favorite film series of all time. And yes that includes the trash ones, I still love them as well. Michael Meyers has been stressing Laurie Strode out for 40 years now and this new reboot was fantastic. This book is basically the film (obviously) with some subtle changes. I really enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The movie is better but I don’t regret having picked this up.

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Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Story - 3.0
Narration - 4.2

Very close to the movie with filler added to stretch it out, but nothing really new to make it interesting.

Recommended if you have no idea who Laurie Strode is.
Mark R.

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
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-suspense
I did not read what movie this took from. For some reason, I assumed it took from the original. Should have paid more attention to the cover and synopsis.

So I stepped into something I wasn't expected so I felt off at first until I realized what I was listening to. This follows the movie fairly spot on. I really didn't get anything new. I would have loved some deeper character insight. That is always something I look for on novel adaptations. This one had a couple extra scenes but nothing signif
Ashley Drumm
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: john-passarella
Absolutely loved. Saw the movie first and the book is definitely on spot. Highly recommend
John McCullough
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this retelling 2018 movie. I enjoyed the movie too. This was quick and had all I wanted from a Halloween novel.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novelization definitely kept me on my feet. I made the mistake of listening to this before bed and had nightmares. I’m not even upset because that’s what a good horror movie/book will do to you. Being able to have the scene described to you made me visualize what was happening. The author refers to Michael Myers as “the shape” and at first I was confused but it just notes that he lacks humanity. He’s a killing machine and he has other evil forces behind him. The ending was dramatic in horror ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halloween
I still prefer Halloween II(1981) as a sequel, but this one is good too. I always enjoy reading various movie novelizations, and while this is not the best one I have ever read, it was good enough for me.

Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lean, mean, & scene by scene, this is a terrific adaptation, up there with Alan Dean Foster's best tie-in work. ...more
Erin Jackson
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“It’s not a cage, baby. It’s a trap.”

Laurie waited 40 years for the moment to come face to face with The Shape aka Michael Audrey Myers again and this time she’s ready for him. Only this time she has a daughter and granddaughter to protect.

The Official Halloween Novelization written by author John Passarella is even better than the movie in my opinion. Mind you I really like the movie, saw it twice in theaters and am looking forward to the sequel. I’ll read that novelization as well when it’s
Hew La France
I was absolutely a fan of the film when it came out. Probably one of my favorite sequels to the original. I picked up the novelization on an impulse buy at my local Barnes and Noble, and I gotta say... pretty excellent for a novelization. Doesn't add too terribly much to the story outside of what one sees in the film, but there's enough of additional internal emotions prosed out for the characters that it does help you connect to the scenes a little better. Definitely recommend for fans of the f ...more
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Having seen this movie, I can say the adaptation is pretty much a straight forward and scene by scene walk-through... so that's good! The writing style is average for a novelization and knowing the story... It felt so different READING a Halloween story instead of watching it as that has been my experience my whole life! Fans of Halloween will definitely enjoy this experience, change of pace, and being thrown into a world where Myers is all in your head as opposed to the screen in front of you! ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kelly S
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Ricardo Sosa
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brian Quast
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scary F'n film. 🎃
Scary F'n book. 🎃
R. E. Henderson
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED the book!
Sissy BP
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! Can't wait to see the movie.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m ready to see the movie!
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