We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
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.
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).
People like to criticize this film because it has nothing to do with its predecessors in the franchise. But in fact it contains enough Carpenterisms to render it far more similar to the original Halloween than any of its lackluster sequels and spinoffs and reboots.
Director Tommy Lee Wallace might be utterly bereft of artistic inclination and stylistic originality, but I'd take being able to see another artist in my work over pure emptiness any day. All John Carpenter's trademarks are present, the intrusive, repetitive synth score, with glaring cues to coincide with the appearance of headlights or the emerging presence of a threatening shape on screen, the extreme widescreen, steadicam cinematography, the alien town where all the inhabitants appear…
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!
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!
5/18/15 - watched with Tom Atkins commentary
5/10/15 - watched with director's commentary
5/18/15 - watched with Tom Atkins commentary.
I watch this movie multiple times a year. It's flawed to be certain. But it's also creepy, funny, has a great score, and Tom Atkins.
The release of Halloween II was significant for two reasons. One, it showed that audiences were still eager to see the continuing adventures of Michael and Laurie and two, signified the supposed end of the Michael Myers saga. Making back ten times its budget, Halloween II was a bonafide success. And production started immediately on a third movie.
At the same time, production had begun on Friday the 13th Part 3 and, while producing the third Halloween, John Carpenter directed and released the gruesome (and highly underrated at the time) The Thing. The third Friday movie was released in 3D and two months before the third Halloween. And like it's predecessors, it was a box office hit. Audiences were eating…
Look at your Pumpkin...Head.
Now look at your eyes...in a Mirror.
Say Bloody Mary three times while spinning around in the dark.
Open your eyes.
What did you see?
A big f**king pumpkin head.
5/10/15 - watched with director's commentary.
This is sort of a Wicker Man meets Stepford Wives kind of a mess where a doctor turns into a detective and kids turn into piles of bugs and snakes. While I was happy to have a break from Michael Myers after Halloween II, making the third movie a spinoff of II's tacked-on explanation of Samhain as the driving force in Michael's rampage was definitely an odd choice. But Dan O'Herlihy has an army of robot men and his own stolen piece of Stonehenge, which is pretty boss if you ask me.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A minor classic of 80s anti-tech anxiety, this film has no relation to the rest of the Halloween series, nor does it have anything to do with witches. The storyline is totally bonkers: a megalomaniac Halloween mask magnate steals one of the Stonehenge rocks (removing it to his Northern California mask factory), using the magical stuff therein to somehow create a technology built into his masks that will kill anyone who wears them (once the magic microchips are activated) by maybe crushing their heads and releasing a bunch of bugs and snakes, or something. Also, he has an army of business suit wearing humanoid robots to do his dirty work.
Into the midst of this nonsense strides John Carpenter favorite Tom Atkins (Carpenter was a producer), as a doctor who must try to stop the ensuing mayhem before it's too late. Ludicrous and pretty damn entertaining, if you don't mind movies that make absolutely no sense.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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