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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.
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).
I love this movie! My affection had slowly grown and grown since last year's initial viewing, and seeing it again, this time on the big screen confirmed this as a stone classic for me. And it very well may inaugurate it as a personal ritual to watch this each October.
This time, I was completely enveloped in Carpenter's cold and eerie synthscapes, as they were overflowing in the theater. I love the chilly, paranoid atmosphere of it all, like cool autumn winds. And I hella vibe with its Nigel Kneale sci-fi elements. Androids and witches. Ancient magicks revived in eerie technopaganism.
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…
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!
Shortly before Halloween, a paranoid toy store salesman is killed by a mysterious man in a hospital. His daughter, joined by the doctor on duty the night he was murdered, travel to a mysterious small town in Northern California that manufactures and distributes a popular set of Halloween masks – but are they up to something sinister? There's truly no reason for me to like this movie as much as I do – the plot is preposterous (I still don't understand the motive) and the acting is terrible – but there's something endearing about it. It's not afraid to be truly wacky, it uses some gooey gore effects, and it never drags to the point of being unenjoyable. Plus, there's another cool atmospheric John Carpenter soundtrack. Likely suffers from the bad rap of being a Halloween movie without Michael Myers (the only such film), but as long as you know that going in it's not a big deal.
(Sung to the tune of "London Bridge is Falling Down")
Happy, happy Halloween, Halloween, Halloween. Happy, happy Halloween, Silver Shamrock.
I don't know who came out with this concept for a Halloween film, but that guy is a genius! not that the film is amazing but the concept is so damn interesting, a halloween story so damn entertaining.
The masks, the creepy town, the soft porn moments, the cheesy lines, is a perfect 80's horror film in every way.
"stop it, stop it,stop it, STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT, STOP IIIIIIIIIIIT!!
A great epicenter of Carpenter's subject matter. Creepy and down to earth realism and also conspiratorial sci fi.
Always unsettling to see that kids head reduced to squirming bugs and snakes.
A spooky scifi warning about the evils of consumerism and distant suburban parenting, with a sense of intense suspense (?) created by that SCORE MAN THAT SCORE
Overall Enjoyment 1/10
An absolute mess of a film; and the scariest part of the movie is its poster!
Camino a Halloween VIII
Sabes que es mala, pero tiene unos detallitos más monos.
Much like FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING, HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH was deemed a failure upon initial release and widely hated by audiences, mostly because it did not simply repeat the established formula of its respective series and boldly gave audiences what they DIDN'T expect. In both cases (but especially here), these films have been reevaluated and reappraised in the years since, and both can be appreciated for their own considerable merits apart from the demands of the series around them.
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