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5 cuts with 'Halloween' producer Irwin Yablans

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'The Man Who Created Halloween' is a memoir by independent film producer Irwin Yablans. 'The Man Who Created Halloween' is a memoir by independent film producer Irwin Yablans.
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In 1978, independent film producer Irwin Yablans and director John Carpenter found instant fame with the release of "Halloween."

The film -- now regarded as a horror classic -- will be re-released in theaters this month for the first time in more than three decades.

Yablans is marking the occasion with the release of his memoir, "The Man Who Created Halloween."

He spoke to MORE about his experiences behind the camera and the film that brought Michael Myers to the screen:

"Halloween" is in the title, but this book is about more than Michael Myers

Irwin Yablans: It chronicles 50 years of experience in the movie business, not only "Halloween," and it talks about the transition from the studio system through the advent of the independent film producer and how that changed the business.

I was a vanguard of that, and I like to think of myself as one of the pioneers of the independent filmmaking and distributing movement which gave rise to companies like Weinstein, Fine Line and New Line.

So the book chronicles my whole life and it talks about my journey through the movie business and my inspiration to do Halloween, which has become iconic and a cult classic.

You got very lucky with the title "Halloween"

Irwin Yablans: I was sure that the title had been used. Or at least if not the title of a movie than in combination with another word. I was shocked, amazed and delighted to learn that word had never appeared in a movie before. It amazed me, it still does.

Could a horror film like "Halloween" -- very little blood, very low body count -- be a success today?

Irwin Yablans: There are elements in "Halloween" that will always be good. If someone were to come along and use the Hitchcock approach -- and it's harder to do because have to write intricate characters and you have to ask the audience to care a lot about these characters.

The problem today is people don't write the way they did. They don't put the effort into the writing and rely more on special effects, and on blood and gore and intensity.

I've tried to look at some of the new movies that have been made in recent years and they're not to my taste because they're almost sadomasochistic. They stretch the audience's ability to withstand that kind of stuff. I don't know how they sit through that kind of movie, and some of the young women, I don't know how they look at that stuff.

Why do you think Michael Myers has endured as a fan favorite for more than 30 years?

Irwin Yablans: He's everybody's nightmare. He's every man's horror. He doesn't rely on fingernails or fangs or blood. He's faceless. He's almost generic.

His mask is a total blank, he has no expression. He never moves quickly, he moves slowly, methodically. But he keeps coming.

I think everybody transfers their most horrible fears to that character, because in many other movies that employ horror-type characters, they're usually doing horrible things.

Michael doesn't do horrible things, he just sort of keeps coming at you, he keeps peering, he keeps coming out of the dark. So it's your mind that's conjuring him up.

He never does anything too theatrical, it's just -- he's there. He keeps coming, he's always coming (laughs) and when he dies he keeps coming.

What's the best advice you can give an independent film producer?

Irwin Yablans: Go out and do it. Get an idea you really believe in, because you've got to have a passion for the project.

It's all about story. If you're a producer, first find a story that you've got to tell, a movie that is so good in your mind that you know you've got to make it.

Another thing I would tell a young producer is pay attention to writers. That's the genesis, if you're going to make movies either be a writer or get connected to writers. Because the written word is everything, without the story, without the screenplay you don't have anything.

Somebody said, "What about these movies that are made for $100 million, are they worth it?" I said, "Let me tell you something, you're asking the wrong question. The question shouldn't be whether a movie is worth $100 million or $50 million or $10 million. Only one question should be asked: Is it worth eight bucks?"

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