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 know this movie has a bad reputation, but it needs another look by those who have snubbed this Myers-less entry. GoodTimes presents us with a fine widescreen transfer and average sound to give people a nice, 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.”
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!
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).
Going into this I knew it had absolutely nothing to do with Michael Meyers. Surprisingly enough, this was actually decent. This shouldn't even have the Halloween title; although it does have to do with the actual Holiday, Halloween. You get what I'm saying. No Michael Meyers, but yes to Halloween Holiday things. Anyway, yeah I liked it. Way better than I was anticipating.
(Sung to the tune of "London Bridge is Falling Down")
Happy, happy Halloween, Halloween, Halloween. Happy, happy Halloween, Silver Shamrock.
Campy, cheesy, geography is not existant or security in a hospital for that matter, with all that said, 'Halloween III:Season of the Witch' Is entertaining, tense, funny, tabu and has an iconic villain in Dan O'Herlihy, is simply.. awesome.
'Halloween III' is part homage of 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers', and part classic Carpenter set-up and execution. what more can you ask for?
The cinematography is beautiful, we are talking Dean Cundey here, the guy that shot,' Halloween', 'The Thing', 'The Fog', 'Escape from New York', and it…
A fun film with a super catchy theme song. Everytime I watch this I end up singing the Silver Shamrocks theme song for days.
People lied to me my whole life. This movie is AWESOME.
I know its cheesy, and universally hated for various reasons, but I used to hate it too. A couple of years ago, I caught a bit of it on TV, and thoroughly enjoyed the look and feel of the film (typical Carpenter/Cundy). I watched it in full when it appeared on Netflix, and have waited patiently for the Bluray release, and in the meantime, playing the amazing soundtrack to death - it was way ahead of its time, and stands up to isolated listening. It has now become one of my most played albums, and doesn't seem to sound dated at all musically, only some of the sounds date it, because it seems to be mainly a mix of Escape…
Witchcraft meets the computer age. True, in retrospect, calling this merely Season of the Witch and detaching from the franchise may have been a smart move (I guess they wanted to make the HALLOWEEN franchise into a generic scary/spooky Halloween-centric series of horror films; had this one been successful the next film would've been a ghost story).
Although he didn't direct this one, it was shockingly close in tones to many other Carpenter films with it's steadfast pace, lean direction, themes concerning people being more than what they seem, a Carpenter score and how much it draws influence from classic 50's horror. It would fit into a Carpenter film marathon pretty seamlessly with the exception that it's not as good…
If you can 1) handle no Michael Myers and 2) get on the psychotic wavelength of this flick, it's an enjoyable (yet perfectly wackadoo) time.
Also, Tom Atkins is The Man.
This is my favorite Halloween film after the original. It has suspense galore and although the gore is overdone at times, it's still highly entertaining. John Carpenter does another amazing job with the synthesized soundtrack, and the pacing is just spot on. I wish this new direction had carried on and that it didn't have any more Michael Myers. Those were not scary movies, they were tiresome.
'Halloween III' or 'Let's make a feature-length Twilight Zone episode and pretend it's got Michael Myers in.'
Not only is it not scary, but it doesn't even have the decency to be campy fun. If not for its title, I wouldn't have the slightest clue this belonged to the Halloween franchise. Unspeakably weird. Such a mess.
The marmite of the Halloween series
I don't dislike this movie because Michael Myers isn't in it. I'm all for Carpenter's original idea of a Halloween anthology franchise where each year brings us a different story. That's perfectly fine.
I dislike this movie because its shit. Its not scary, the acting is pretty bad all around, the kills are weak, and the famous score is replaced with some awful synth bastardization. The idea that these incredibly generic masks would somehow take Halloween by storm is ridiculous, even for a horror movie premise. I don't care how catchy that damn song is.
This was also one of those cases where a movie really shouldn't reference the previous entries of the series. The original Halloween plays on various TVs in a few scenes and all it does is remind you how much better that movie is than the one you're watching.
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