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.
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…
The clock is ticking. Be in front of your TV sets for the Horrorthon, followed by the Big Giveaway. Don't miss it.
I still think this movie doesn't make any god damn sense but it finally won me over... I can no longer justify giving it such a low rating when I enjoy watching it so much even though the legendary Tom Atkins is not used to his full potential.
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!
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!
I've loved this film since I saw it as a kid in the theatre. I never understood why people hated it as much as they did but it's nice to see it has come around with a lot of fans. I am also making it my yearly October 30th traditional film.
For the life of me, can't remember if I'd seen this before. Must not have. Stacey Nelkin is a doll. Tom Atkins is his usual pimp self. Def change of pace from Michael Myers. Would've been interesting to see where the franchise went from here, had it been successful.
What a shit-show of a movie! I love it and wish it was the beginning of a fun new direction for the franchise, not just a one-off.
That goddamn Silver Shamrock jingle.
The thing about the Halloween franchise is that it's popular because of Michael Myers. Trying to make a movie that didn't have him was a big risk, and one that ultimately was a failure. It's not an awful film, but it is mostly incoherent with very little to get behind aside from some decent acting and the wonderful score which has become a staple of the franchise.
Halloween as an anthology franchise might have worked better if they hadn't made the first sequel to begin with. When you see Halloween II and it continues the story of the original, it's a bit hard to stomach the idea that Halloween III is going to be something…
Sometimes this film is good,most times it is so dumb you'll be rolling your eyes. A plot involving killing kids with Halloween masks with a chip from Stonehenge in it is a little far fetched. Dan O'Herlihy is great as the mastermind of this scheme. And Tom Atkins is great as a doctor trying to stop him. Not a great sequel but it falls into the "so bad it's good" category. Proceed with caution.
Wallance obviously learned from Carpenter well and the film apes Carpenter's style (especially his mise-en-scene - the film has some great compositions). Too bad for the piss poor final act as, otherwise, this could be a highlight of the series, and as a Carpenter conduit, it anticipates the batshit insanity of Prince of Darkness and the corporate critique of They Live. In the latter sense, it's hard not to view the film as one of the most damning statements against insidious capitalist excess (the corporatization of holidays, the dangers of monopolies, etc.) to ever appear in a slasher film.
I've watched this twice in the past few weeks so I should probably write something about it. I love this movie. I guess when it came out a lot of people didn't like it because it doesn't have Michael Myers in it. But fuck those people because a series of anthology films is a way better idea than milking a single character for all he's worth. That's the only downside to watching this movie is that you're left to sit and wonder what Halloween 4 could have been. Sigh. Here's a nice quote about this movie from Don Post, a mask maker who was hired to do the Halloween masks for the film:
"Every society in every time has had…
Granted I'm all for the condemning of advertising to stupid Americans. However this movie is still pushing it.
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