Source: Dread Central

The executive producer and creator of the Halloween films, Irwin Yablans, is releasing his first book, The Man Who Created Halloween, just in time for the yearly holiday observed around the world on October 31st.

The full title is The Man Who Created Halloween: How a Bit of Desperation and Inspiration Gave Birth to the Movie that Changed Hollywood, and it’s chock-full of insider info from Yablans, who is known for his work in the horror film industry. He produced films that include Halloween (1978), Roller Boogie (1979), Nocturna: Granddaughter of Dracula (1979), Halloween II (1981), Hell Night (1981), Blood Beach (1981), and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982).


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.


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Debuting this September, Scream Factory boasts a scary slate of fan-favorite thrillers from the 1980s, many of which have never been available on Blu-ray before. Titles include Halloween II and Terror Train, (both starring “Scream Queen” Jamie Lee Curtis); the 30th Anniversary release of Halloween III: Season of the WitchThey Live from director John Carpenter (The Thing); Peter Benchley’s The Island starring Michael Caine, The Funhouse from director Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist); the nightmarish Phantasm II; and the much-anticipated DVD debuts of Deadly Blessing, directed by Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream) and featuring Sharon Stone in an early role, and Death Valley starring Peter Billingsley (A Christmas Story). Each title will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, and most will be released in a “Collector’s Edition” packed with new bonus content, archival materials, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and more!

On September 18, 2012, fans will rejoice as Shout! Factory unleashes Halloween II Collector’s Edition and Halloween III: Season of the Witch 30th Anniversary Special Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray and DVD. These two formidable titles inaugurate the Scream Factory home entertainment series and are now available to preorder at and

Avid horror movie fans and collectors take note: those who order Halloween II: Collector’s Edition and/ or Halloween III: Season of the Witch 30th Anniversary Special Collector’s Edition will receive special collectible item(s) as gift(s)-with-purchase. For more information, please visit or

Halloween II Collector’s Edition Blu-ray & DVD
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence, Halloween II follows the same ill-fated characters as they encounter the knife-wielding maniac they left for dead in the first film. It seems the inhuman Michael Myers is still very much alive and out for more revenge as he stalks the deserted halls of the Haddonfield hospital. As he gets closer to his main target, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) discovers the chilling mystery behind the crazed psychopath’s actions. Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, Halloween II is a spine-tingling dark ride into the scariest night of the year.

EXCLUSIVE LIMITED OFFER: Order the Blu-ray or DVD directly from and receive an exclusive “Haddonfield Memorial Hospital nurse’s hat!” Less than 500 have been made, so these are only available while supplies last.


Halloween II Collector’s Edition Special Features (preliminary confirmed line-up):
Audio commentary with director Rick Rosenthal
Audio commentary with stunt coordinator / actor Dick Warlock
The Nightmare Isn’t Over – The Making of Halloween II, featuring Rick Rosenthal, Lance Guest, Dick Warlock, Alan Howarth, Dean Cundey and more..
Horror’s Hallowed Grounds- Revisiting the original shooting locations
Still Gallery
Theatrical Trailer, TV and Radio Spots

Halloween III: Season of the Witch
30th Anniversary Special Collector’s Edition
Blu-ray and DVD
A murder-suicide in a northern Californian hospital leads to an investigation by the on-call doctor, which reveals a plot by an insane toymaker to kill as many people as possible on October 31st through an ancient Celtic ritual and deadly Halloween masks.” Starring Tom Atkins, Stacy Nelkin and Dan O’Herlihy, this third chilling film from the popular Halloween franchise is produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill and is directed by Tommy Lee Wallace.

EXCLUSIVE LIMITED OFFER: Order the Blu-ray or DVD directly from and receive an exclusive 18?x24? poster featuring the newly commissioned artwork! Less than 500 have been printed, so these are only available while supplies last.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch 30th Anniversary Special Collector’s Edition Special Features:
Audio commentary with director Tommy Lee Wallace
Audio commentary with actor Tom Atkins
Stand Alone: The Making of Halloween III: Season of the Witch featuring Tommy Lee Wallace, Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dick Warlock, Dean Cundey and more
Horror’s Hallowed Grounds- Revisiting the original shooting locations
Still Gallery
Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots

Pre-order links:

Halloween II Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray and DVD

Halloween III: Season of the Witch 30th Anniversary Special Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray and DVD

Shout! Factory will continue to present the on-going Scream Factory home entertainment series in 2012 and 2013 with specific release dates, extras and key art for the rest of the title lineup. Meanwhile, fans will are encouraged to follow us and click the “Like” tab on the official SCREAM FACTORY FACEBOOK page for up-to-the-minute updates or visit


I suppose that between working on his music (which hasn’t been his best for the past few years) and writing/directing horror films, Rob Zombie’s been moonlighting as an advertising director. If you’ll recall, we here at Backwoods Horror last reported on a Woolite commercial he’d directed as well. This time, it’s for an insecticide I’ve never heard of called Amdro and features Danny Roebuck (recently seen in Zombie’s HALLOWEEN 2 as a strip club owner) going ape shit over insects reminiscent of Robin Williams’s work in ONE HOUR PHOTO. I actually rather enjoyed the Woolite commercial, but less than impressed by this attempt. It is strange, however, that he would be tapped to direct commercials, but he did get his start in the world of film, after all, by directing his own music videos.

What do YOU think?


Courtesy the boils ‘n ghouls over at ShockTillYouDrop, we get a glimpse at the Alternate Ending to Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN 2.  I’ve hear a lot of folks taking a giant dump on this one, but, I gotta tell ya, I liked it.  Before ya’ll start throwin’ hellfire my way, I’ll explain myself upon a second viewing, but, in short, I liked it because it felt more like HIS film than the first, and I can appreciate that.  Anyhoo, check out the alternate ending below!


Posted on 7th September 2009 by aaron in Personal - Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Hey there boils ‘n ghouls.  As you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t updated BACKWOODSHORROR.COM for a while now.  This is because, well, my prized MacBook had an unfortunate, let’s say, run-in with a glass of Chocolate Milk that may or may not have had a large quantity of alcohol within it’s murky, yet delicious depths.  The tasty beverage somehow came into contact with the motherboard of said beautiful machine and, well, that’s all she wrote.  I lost the most recent Backwoods Horrorshow and a computer I absolutely adored.  I’ll have to get another, so, until then, expect updates to be somewhat more sporadic than usual.  I’ll probably have to use my work lappy, as I’m doing now.  I have some reviews to put up at some point in the very near future, including one for Rob Zombie’s latest epic, Halloween 2, which, I may add, I actually enjoyed from a certain standpoint.

My apologies.

Please say a prayer as my beloved MacBook passes through those dark gates in the forest of the dead to find peace with its forbears…crying is acceptable as well.  COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF TEARS, PEOPLE!!!

I may have to replace it with a PC, which, really, makes me feel a little sick, but it’s cheaper and I just don’t have the cash right now for another MacBook…which, well, I got for free the first time.

See you all in the land of horror very soon!



Just caught a video interview with Rob Zombie for his upcoming HALLOWEEN 2, wherein he touches upon the “evolved” Michael Meyers, the music in the film, and sounds generally confused about the whole thing during the first part of the interview.  Thanks to


Just spotted the new Halloween 2 HI-RES Trailer over at Fangoria.  Check it out.  I don’t know.  I’ll check the flick out, but I don’t have high hopes.  Can’t be worse than the first Rob Zombie Halloween outing, and, in fact, looks a bit more interesting.


Below is the new One Sheet/Poster from Rob Zombie’s upcoming Halloween 2, or, the shitty title, H2.  There’s also a new pic from the film that makes no sense whatsoever, but actually appears to be the only photo from the film so far that intrigues me whatsoever.  Some guy with a rotted pumpkin on his head.  The Lord Of Halloween?  Satan?  Michael improvising when his mask gets fucked up?  We’ll find out when the flick hits theaters this August:




Here’s a look at the new H2 TV Spot promoting Rob Zombie’s upcoming “Extreme Vision Of  Terrifying” Shitfest.  I love the man’s musical career (up until Sinister Urge), and I even like House of 1000 Corpses and was blown away by The Devil’s Rejects, but come ON man, leave Halloween alone!

For those of you who are anticipating the film, however, here’s a clearer look at the new TV Promo spot:


Posted on 15th June 2009 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , , , ,

According to the boils and ghouls over at Fangoria, the Creature Feature Host “UNCLE SEYMOUR COFFINS” for Rob Zombie’s upcoming H2 will be played by an actor better known to commercial viewers as the Geico caveman Jeff Daniel Phillips.  Check the link above for more info. and a side by side comparison.  I’d show you myself, but I’m having some image loading difficulties, so eat it!


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