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…
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!
Atkins is God.
The Quatermass 2 of Halloween movies.
You kind of need Michael Myers for Halloween to work.
This film is incredibly dull, has terrible special effects and is clearly trying to mimic much better mystery/thriller movies of its era.
All our fears about corporate America and the commercialization of holidays just got more terrifying. Awesome meet-cute between Atkins and Nelkin, even though it's totally illogical a determined woman seeking answers for her father's disappearance would allow herself to submit to the charms of the world's most amoral doctor/family abandoner. (But there I go being overly literal again.)
at Grosvenor Cinema's All-Night Horror Madness from a 35mm print
A film this trashy has no business boasting such great cinematography. Widescreen darkness! Kudos to Dean Cundey.
Just a bad horror film that's generic and bland
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