Halloween – Murray Leeder (paperback)

“Murray Leeder’s compelling study of Halloween provides new insights into the social, cultural and cinematic underpinnings, and the stylistic and thematic dimensions, of arguably the most influential scary movie of the last half-century. Well researched, engagingly written and informative, it is destined to become an invaluable resource for horror scholars and fans alike.” Richard Nowell, author of Blood Money: A History of the First Teen Slasher Film Cycle (2011) and editor of Merchants of Menace: The Business of Horror Cinema (2014)

“This is an excellent addition to Auteur Publishing s ever-expanding Devil s Advocates series… Murray Leeder s thoughtful, clearly expressed analysis of Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) is far reaching in scope while resisting the temptation to become sidetracked… Leeder s book is a joy to read; it s insightful and well researched and serves as an encouragement to return to Halloween once again and appreciate it as the seminal horror classic that it deservedly is.” Exquisite Terror


The 1970s represented an unusually productive and innovative period for the horror film, and John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) is the film that capped that golden age and some say ruined it, by ushering in the era of the slasher film. Considered a paradigm of low-budget ingenuity, its story of a seemingly unremarkable middle-American town becoming the site of violence on October 31 struck a chord within audiences. The film became a surprise hit that gave rise to a lucrative franchise, and it remains a perennial favourite. Much of its success stems from the simple but strong constructions of its three central characters: brainy, introverted teenager Laurie Strode, a late bloomer compared to her more outgoing friends, Dr. Loomis, the driven, obsessive psychiatrist, and Michael Myers, the inexplicable, ghostlike masked killer. Film scholar Murray Leeder offers a bold and provocative study of Carpenter’s film, which hopes to expose qualities that are sometime effaced by its sequels and remakes. It explores Halloween as an unexpected ghost film, and examines such subjects as its construction of the teenager, and the relationship of Halloween the film to Halloween the holiday, and Michael Myers’s brand of pure evil. It is a fascinating read for scholars and fans alike.


£9.99   114pp   978-1-906733-79-7   April 2014

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