October 25th, 1978. John Carpenter’s Halloween is unleashed upon an unsuspecting public, and in no time becomes a horror movie phenomenon. Made for only $320,000.00, the expertly crafted and terrifying film would eventually gross $70 million worldwide, and would not only create a solid formula that has been imitated endlessly since 1978, but would also spawn no less than nine sequels with a tenth due out this October.

In his book Halloween: The Changing Shape of an Iconic Series, author Ernie Magnotta meticulously details exactly what made this entertaining and terrifying film the enduring classic that it is today. He then discusses how the sequels strayed further and further away from writer/director/composer John Carpenter’s original vision until they became something almost entirely different.

The author goes into detail about all aspects of the series including story, characters, acting, suspense/scares, cinematography, direction/composition, music, Michael Myers’ ever-changing mask and much, much more!

Packed with loads of information as well as more than 200 full-color photos, Halloween: The Changing Shape of an Iconic Series is a must have for fans of the classic franchise.

  • A totally great read!

    P.J. Soles (“Lynda” 1978’s Halloween)
  • Ernie definitely knows the Halloween series. This October 31st, I'll let him live.

    Dick Warlock (“Michael Myers” 1981’s Halloween II)
  • Ernie Magnotta has meticulously detailed the nuances of the Halloween franchise characters...I found his observations of Rachel Carruthers and Jamie Lloyd in H4 and H5 to be spot on.

    Ellie Cornell (“Rachael Carruthers” Halloween 4 and 5)


Hailing from and still residing in the great state of New York, writer/filmmaker Ernie Magnotta has written many articles, reviews and has done interviews for the magazines Cinema Retro, Midnight Marquee, Scary Monsters, Multitude of Movies, We Belong Dead and Space Monsters.

He is best known for his “Big E’s ‘Bad’ Movies That Hurt So Good” reviews in which he lovingly goofs on his favorite drive-in films in order to show their unique entertainment value.

In addition to being an associate producer of the low-budget zombie film Dead End which stars legendary scream queens Linnea Quigley and Debbie Rochon, Ernie is currently working on a horror/action comic book and will write and direct his first independent horror feature sometime next year.

Halloween: The Changing Shape of an Iconic Series is his first book.

The sequel, Halloween’s Children: Underrated Slasher Films of the 1980s, will be released in 2019.