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‘The Legend of Halloween’ is a Fun, Rhyming Retelling of ‘Halloween’ 1978

by Waylon Jordan
The Legend of Halloween

“There is a town called Haddonfield.
Some folks say it’s cursed.
It started many years ago
on October 31st.”

Thus begins The Legend of Halloween, an upcoming storybook retelling of John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween written and illustrated by David Gordon Green and Onur Tukel.

The fun, rhyming journey through the slasher film we all know is utterly charming and though I was unsure if Green and Tukel could tell the entire story in this format when I sat down to read, I was surprised by how complete this version feels.

What they have ultimately done is create a book that includes all the thrills and chills of Carpenter’s film but reads like Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” It’s not hard to imagine parents gathering their–older–kids together on Halloween night to read the book aloud much in the same way that venerable classic is shared on Christmas Eve.

This is, in fact, what works best about The Legend of Halloween. This childlike lens of the brilliant illustrations gives an entirely different, tongue-in-cheek perspective to the events of the film in a way that I think will surprise readers and earn more than one appreciative smile along the way. Take for instance, the page below.

Or how about this one?

Green and Tukel also throw in a few scenes that were implied in the film that we never actually got to see.

“Then he paid a visit
To his sister Judith’s grave.
But why on earth would Michael
Take the whole darned stone away?”

You’ll have to read the book yourself to see that illustration, but trust me when I say it’s pure gold!

As I read the final page of The Legend of Halloween, I realized that David Gordon Green and Onur Tukel had done something that so many filmmakers have attempted but never quite achieved. They put a fresh face on a story that horror fans know like the back of their hands, and told it in a way that not only entertains but also makes it accessible to young horror fans in the making.

If you’re a fan of Halloween, the movie or the holiday or both, you owe yourself a copy of The Legend of Halloween.

There is currently no official release date set for the book but it is set for a December release in time for the holidays. For more information on the release, you can follow their official pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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