The Man Who Created Halloween

The Man Who Created Halloween

by Irwin Yablans


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The Man Who Created Halloween is the fascinating story of one man's improbable journey from the tenements of Brooklyn's Williamsburg to fame and fortune in Hollywood.

It is also a chronicle of the shifting winds of change from the old studio system to the emergence of a new generation of independent producers and film makers.

Replete with first hand anecdotes we see that tumultuous era thru the eyes of famed producer and film executive Irwin Yablans.

Yablans career encompasses the entire gamut of motion picture experience from his early years at Warner Brothers to sales chief at Paramount and Orion pictures, culminating with the formation of his own company, Compass International Pictures. But his story is much more. It is a tale of how determination and perseverance enabled him to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in the rough and tumble motion picture industry.

Told in his own words, this candid, no holds barred autobiography finally relates the truth about how the classic film Halloween came into being. The discovery of John Carpenter, the complex relationship with Moustapha Akkad and Joseph Wolf is discussed in never before revealed detail.

Written with humor and fidelity to the truth, The Man Who Created Halloween is an essential addition to any film lore library as well as an inspirational example of the possibilities for any man who will not be denied.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478105268
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/09/2012
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Producer, writer , executive and independent film maker Irwin Yablans' career has spanned more than half a century. After holding key positions at Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures and Orion Pictures, Yablans formed his own film company, Compass International Pictures.

In 1978, he conceived, created and executively produced the seminal, classic film Halloween, directed by a then unknown John Carpenter. Budgeted at a mere $325,000 and distributed through Compass, Halloween grew into a phenomenon, becoming the most successful independent picture ever made. Yablans' innovative approach to making and selling movies blazed the trail for subsequent independents such as New Line Cinema and the Weinstein Company.

Now retired, Yablans lives with his wife Diana in Palm Desert, California, where he writes and plays golf. The Man Who Created Halloween is his first book.

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