Joseph Wolf

Producer

Producer Joseph Wolf, who helped launch the “Halloween” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchises, died Sept. 23 in Los Angeles. He was 78.

Wolf graduated from Tulane and then received a law degree at NYU. In 1977, Wolf joined producer Irwin Yablans to form Compass Intl. Pictures, which produced John Carpenter’s seminal slasher pic “Halloween.” When the major studios passed on distribbing the film, Wolf’s company decided to self-distribute. Made for an estimated $325,000, it went on to gross more than $100 million, becoming the highest grossing independent film at the time. He served as exec or associate producer on films including “Roller Boogie,” “Hell Night” and “Blood Beach” in addition to “Halloween II” and “Halloween III.”

A pioneer in the video business, Wolf launched Media Home Ent., one of the largest independent home video distributors of the 1980s, and served as chairman before the company was sold to Heron Ent. He partnered with New Line Films on “Nightmare on Elm Street,” serving as exec producer for the first installment of the lucrative series.

Wolf continued in the business as a producer and consultant and recently exec-produced current release “Hellbent” with his daughter Karen.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn; daughter, Karen, a producer; son David; two grandsons and a sister.

Donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Southern California.

More Scene

  • Mr Chow 50th Anniversary celebration

    Mr. Chow 50th Anniversary Party Draws Stevie Wonder, Heidi Klum & More Stars

    Producer Joseph Wolf, who helped launch the “Halloween” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchises, died Sept. 23 in Los Angeles. He was 78. Wolf graduated from Tulane and then received a law degree at NYU. In 1977, Wolf joined producer Irwin Yablans to form Compass Intl. Pictures, which produced John Carpenter’s seminal slasher pic “Halloween.” […]

  • Paley Center for Media presents They

    African-American Showrunners Talk Strides in TV Representation

    Producer Joseph Wolf, who helped launch the “Halloween” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchises, died Sept. 23 in Los Angeles. He was 78. Wolf graduated from Tulane and then received a law degree at NYU. In 1977, Wolf joined producer Irwin Yablans to form Compass Intl. Pictures, which produced John Carpenter’s seminal slasher pic “Halloween.” […]

  • 'Annihilation' film premiere

    'Annihilation' Star Jennifer Jason Leigh Responds to Whitewashing Accusations

    Producer Joseph Wolf, who helped launch the “Halloween” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchises, died Sept. 23 in Los Angeles. He was 78. Wolf graduated from Tulane and then received a law degree at NYU. In 1977, Wolf joined producer Irwin Yablans to form Compass Intl. Pictures, which produced John Carpenter’s seminal slasher pic “Halloween.” […]

  • Viola Davis Women in the World

    Viola Davis on #MeToo: 'If You're Dedicated to Change, Let It Cost You Something'

    Producer Joseph Wolf, who helped launch the “Halloween” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchises, died Sept. 23 in Los Angeles. He was 78. Wolf graduated from Tulane and then received a law degree at NYU. In 1977, Wolf joined producer Irwin Yablans to form Compass Intl. Pictures, which produced John Carpenter’s seminal slasher pic “Halloween.” […]

  • War for the Planet of the

    ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Coco,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Big at VES Awards

    Producer Joseph Wolf, who helped launch the “Halloween” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchises, died Sept. 23 in Los Angeles. He was 78. Wolf graduated from Tulane and then received a law degree at NYU. In 1977, Wolf joined producer Irwin Yablans to form Compass Intl. Pictures, which produced John Carpenter’s seminal slasher pic “Halloween.” […]

  • LeBron James Stephen Curry All-Star Game

    NBA All-Star Weekend 2018: The Ultimate Party Guide

    Producer Joseph Wolf, who helped launch the “Halloween” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchises, died Sept. 23 in Los Angeles. He was 78. Wolf graduated from Tulane and then received a law degree at NYU. In 1977, Wolf joined producer Irwin Yablans to form Compass Intl. Pictures, which produced John Carpenter’s seminal slasher pic “Halloween.” […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content