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Compass International Pictures
IndustryFilm studio
Founded1977; 47 years ago (1977)
Defunct1981; 43 years ago (1981)
SuccessorTrancas International Films
Key people
Irwin Yablans
Joseph Wolf
Paul Freeman
Moustapha Akkad
Malek Akkad
ProductsHalloween (1978)
Roller Boogie (1979)
ParentTrancas International Films, Inc.

Compass International Pictures was an independent American film production and distribution company founded by producers Irwin Yablans and Joseph Wolf in 1977, best known for their involvement in the production of numerous horror films between 1977 and 1981. Their first, and most notable film release was Halloween in 1978 with Falcon Films.[1] The company closed down in 1981, before re-emerging four years later under the name Trancas International Films.[2] As of 2023, they are the copyright holders of the Halloween film series, and have produced every film in the series to date.

Films released

As Compass International Pictures

Release Date Film Note
October 25, 1978 Halloween
March 1, 1979 Nocturna: Granddaughter of Dracula
March 14, 1979 Tourist Trap
December 19, 1979 Roller Boogie (distributed by United Artists)
October 14, 1980 Fade to Black (with American Cinema Releasing)
November 1980 The Day Time Ended
January 23, 1981 Blood Beach (with The Jerry Gross Organization)
August 7, 1981 Hell Night

As Trancas International Films


  1. ^ Magistrale, Tony (2003). Hollywood's Stephen King. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 221. ISBN 0-312-29321-6.
  2. ^ "Film – Trancas International Films". Retrieved 2017-01-02.