The Man Who Created Halloween By Irwin Yablans – Book Review

The Man Who Created Halloween By Irwin Yablans – Book Review

There is a lot that can be said about legendary producer Irwin Yablans after reading his first book, The Man Who Created Halloween: “How a bit of desperation and inspiration gave birth to the movie that changed Hollywood”. With this his first novel you feel that you get to know the man on a very personal level, he doesn’t shy away from the mistakes of his youth and he tells the tales of his rise in Hollywood frankly and honestly.

For those that don’t recognize his name, Irwin Yablans was producer on a lot of great 80s horror pictures. He was the producer for the John Carpenter masterpiece Halloween (1978), Nocturna: Granddaughter of Dracula (1979), Halloween II (1981), Hell Night (1981), Blood Beach (1981), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), and in 1979 he also produced the cult classic Roller Boogie, which co-starred the then future Hell Night actress Linda Blair!

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 breed of independent producers and filmmakers. Replete with fascinating first-hand anecdotes, The Man Who Created Halloween shows us 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 start of his own company, Compass International Pictures. But his story is much more. It is a tale of the determination and perseverance that enabled him to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in a rough and tumble business.

Told in his own words, this candid, no holds barred autobiography finally relates the truth about how the iconic film Halloween came into being. The discovery of John Carpenter and Yablans’ relationship with Moustapha Akkad and Joseph Wolf are discussed in never revealed before detail. Written with humor and fidelity to the truth, The Man Who Created Halloween is an essential addition to any movie lore library as well as an inspirational example of the possibilities for any man who will not be denied.

In this news clip Irwin Yablans stopped by the San Diego 6 Station for an interview where he talks a bit about his book and his work on Halloween!

The book is already on store shelves and you can pick it up here! If you are fan of Halloween…or the days of a Hollywood gone by, for better and for worse, then you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy today.


Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Wow. I didn’t even know this book existed! Thanks for the review.

  2. Awesome. How heavy is it on the movies? Is it more movies or more him?

  3. It’s a fun read, Patrick.

    Doug, to be fair I would say it’s 50/50. The first half of the book is how Irwin made his way to such a position of power in Hollywood and the latter half gives information on all of the films he helped to create. I completely forgot to mention his work in Fade to Black (1980), if it wasn’t for Irwin that movie wouldn’t have been made or released.

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