Abbie Bernstein’s chronicle of the making of 2018’s “Halloween,” 2021’s “Halloween Kills,” and 2022’s “Halloween Ends” feels at first like a set of movie stills, a type of books with a large picture from the movie itself or a behind-the-scenes shot on each web page. While that type of artwork e-book is efficacious for followers of a franchise, one of the best of those books merge imagery with details about the method of filmmaking. There’s simply sufficient of that there within the columned textual content alongside the imagery of Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Myers, virtually introduced as a longform interview with Green himself because the manufacturing of every movie is unpacked. Ultimately, this one is a bit shallower than one of the best of those books, however it suits the franchise and the fan base, leaning extra on issues just like the spectacular make-up than the thematic underpinnings of the movies and even how they match inside the legacy of the sequence began by John Carpenter so way back. Those who like the brand new trilogy ought to respect this launch, and that is all that basically issues.
John Walsh’s The Wicker Man: The Official Story of the Film digs deeper into its supply, however it admittedly has extra floor to unearth in a movie that simply reached its half-century anniversary. And the passage of time has solely made “The Wicker Man” extra fascinating as filmmakers have commonly referenced and the fan base has grown. Walsh not solely gives new behind-the-scenes particulars however unpacks why this movie has maintained a rising legacy with new interviews and never-before-seen materials. It’s a dense, well-assembled, beautiful e-book, probably the greatest artwork books in years for horror followers.
Halloween: The Official Making of Halloween, Halloween Kills & Halloween Ends is out there now.
The Wicker Man: The Official Story of the Film can be launched on November 7th