The Man Who Created Halloween

Horror will always have mass appeal, says Halloween film series creator Irwin Yablans, because it touches a visceral emotional response within everyone – unlike other genres. Yablans’ films spawned a wave of iconic horror characters including the masked creepster Michael Myers, and inspired a new way to do business in Hollywood. Irwin Yablans joined us today to share his perspective of why we are hooked on horror and why his “theater of the mind” approach to filmmaking brought us one of the most successful horror film series ever. Irwin Yablans is the executive producer and creator of the Halloween film series, which forever changed the horror genre and the old studio system. His new autobiography, The Man Who Created Halloween, details a true rags-to-riches tale of a boy who grew up in a roach-invested tenement in Brooklyn to become the man who transformed society’s view of a children’s holiday. Yablans’ influence in Hollywood includes setting the standard for a new breed of independent producers and filmmakers, the discovery of famed director John Carpenter, and advocating for studio support of one of the most acclaimed films in history, Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now.
 

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