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Halloween III: Season of the Witch
...and now the earth will run with blood again!
Dr. Daniel Challis and Ellie Grimbridge stumble onto a gruesome murder scheme when Ellie's novelty-salesman father, Harry, is killed while in possession of a strange mask made by the Silver Shamrock mask company. The company's owner, Conal Cochran, wants to return Halloween to its darker roots using his masks -- and his unspeakable scheme would unleash death and destruction across the country.
Road to Halloween - Review #2 - Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Now this is probably the most interesting film in the Halloween franchise as this is the only one not to have Michael Myers feature in it. Halloween III departs from the slasher film genre which the original two installments spawned, instead featuring a "witchcraft" theme with a sci-fi twist. John Carpenter and Debra Hill believed that the Halloween series had the potential to branch into an anthology series of horror movies that take place around Halloween, with each film containing its own characters, setting, and storyline. The director of Halloween III, Tommy Lee Wallace said that there is enough fresh ideas and stories about Halloween…
I love that this is all underway basically to "play a joke" on the children. I aspire to one day be just like Conal Cochran.
Happy Hollieween, everyone!
I know this movie has a bad reputation, but it needs another look by those who have snubbed this Myers-less entry. Scream Factory presents us with a fine widescreen transfer and great sound to give people a fairly inexpensive purchase for October 31st. Erase Michael Myers for your memory for 98 minutes. See the movie as a scary Halloween story and not as “that one Halloween that doesn’t count.”
My rating is a little misleading because I really love this movie. Sure, it isn't perfect, but minor pitfalls placed next to John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's spot-on score and some truly horrific moments (that murder in the hospital, anyone?)—not to mention Dean Cundey's fantastic cinematography, evident in the opening credits and the shot featured on the poster—only add to the charm. Having watched this two years in a row now, it very much feels like necessary Halloween viewing, a film that gets me in the spirit of my favorite day of the year more so than the original entry in the series (or any other horror film, for that matter).
Part of **Halloween Season 2012**.
Why have I never seen this movie before now?
Kick-ass score? Check.
Nasty grossout scenes? Check.
Smokin' Hot Ingenue? Check.
Creepy Villain with Accent? Check.
Mix of Modern Tech and Ancient Magic? Check.
Multiple Heads Being Removed? Check.
Suspenseful final chase and wicked ending? Check.
Sleazy 70's Pornstache Hero? Check.
Annoying Kid Who You Hope Suffers? Check.
Bugs and Snakes? Check.
Pretty Blonde Scientist Babe? Check.
Annoying Song? Check.
Honestly, what's not to like? There's some dodgy acting and a bit of cliched dialogue now and then, I guess. But this film is lovely and creepy and tons of fun. And who cares about the rest?
More people need to see it. So just stop whatever else you're doing. Stop it! Stop it!
This one was begging to be placed on my "Shit List!"
For criminy sakes, What the blankity blank blank were they thinking when they created a Halloween franchise film and left out the iconic horror star the whole franchise is based on!
Halloween, Stonehenge, Snakes and bugs in Halloween masks all happening in a super creepy town. Who needs Michael Myers?
Deeply underappreciated. No sign of Michael Myers anywhere but the story that is there is still delightfully creepy.
péssimo filme. história nada ver com os antecessores, Michael Meyers tirou umas férias.
If I could tell my twelve-year-old self that this would eventually be as much an annual October viewing tradition for us as Carpenter's original, he'd tell me I was nuts (and also ask how we ever got so fat and hairy).
Movie 29 in my October's Horror film a day.
After witnessing a mysterious and gruesome murder while being on call in the hospital, Dr Daniel Challis will follow a trace that will lead him to a shady toy and mask factory and a conspiracy involving dark magic and the killing of millions during Halloween.
This movie has become better known in recent years for being a failed attempt to make the Halloween franchise into an anthology, although this was allegedly the plan from the beginning. But thanks to a negative response from audiences and critics alike the rest of the sequels brought Michael Myers back, something that now results kind of funny, mostly because a lot of people, me included,…
This film features lasers, which are linked to the dark magic of Stonehenge. When these lasers are fired they turn people's faces into rattlesnakes and insects. FOR REAL LASERS TURNING PEOPLE'S FACES INTO SNAKES! (As lasers do, naturally). This film is a complicated kind of stupid. But I was compelled to watch until its silly Act III revelations.
As mentioned elsewhere, this Halloween entry was an attempt to make the franchise into an anthology after the death of Michael Myers in Halloween II. This film bombed at the box office, relative to the other Halloweens (though it was still profitable), most likely because of the laser plot points. If this film had succeeded, Halloween IV would have been about ghosts. The special effects were decent for 1982. Unless you're a completist, there's no reason to venture here.
Original and a lot of fun! A true Halloween season classic.
Michael Meyers isn't in it... it sucks. That is the usual line anyone says before they seen it. In honesty, it is the third best film in the franchise, and if it had not been named Halloween it would be a more popular 80s horror film. Plus Motherfucking TOM ATKINS!
On Flickchart at 486
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