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!
Halloween III may not have Michael Myers, but it has that distinctive John Carpenter vibe that's sorely missing from all the sequels that followed. Written and directed by former Carpenter assistant, Tommy Lee Wallace, it looks and feels like the early Carpenter films with their static shots of empty hallways, fade to blacks, and synthesizer stings. Tom Atkins (The Fog, Escape from New York) stars as Daniel Challis, a doctor whose desire to solve the murder of one of his patients, and to bed the grieving daughter, is on equal footing. Dan O'Herlihy is perfect as the owner of the Silver Shamrock novelty company, the most kindly gentleman to ever engineer the death of millions of children.
One of Carpenter's most singular and shocking films, backed by what is possibly the greatest soundtrack of all time
Giocato sulle atmosfere ambigue e inquietanti #HalloweenIII non si può dire che buchi lo schermo. Buono giusto a livello di favoletta nera.
The odd Halloween movie out. The black sheep of the series. The one that still has people confused and wandering the streets at all hours with a puzzled look on their face. The one about the evil Irish businessman who sells killer Halloween masks created with black magic from one of the Stonehenge rocks. The one without Jamie Lee Curtis or Donald Pleasence or Michael Myers or any other masked slashers.
The big idea here is that producers John Carpenter and Debra Hill wanted to turn the Halloween movies into a horror anthology series a la a cinematic Tales from the Crypt. After all, they unmistakably killed most of the pivotal series characters in Halloween II. And this was the…
Bad, bad, bad but fun to watch
"It's four days till Halloween, Halloween.
It's four days till Halloween, Silver Shamrock"
I swear, if I hear the advertisement for Silver Shamrock one more time I'm going to scream into a phone and give every person watching a big "fuck you".
Halloween III is the third instalment in the renowned Halloween series that does not feature Michael Myers but it does feature characters watching the previous Halloween films.
This non-linear sequel is about a novelty corporation placing pieces of the Stonehenge into Halloween masks so children wearing it on Halloween can fall down, die and then explode with snakes, and bugs and hence the snakes will kill their parents. Because you know, fuck people.
This premise is pretty damn…
So much undeserved hate on this one. Far and above practically all Michael Myers oriented Halloween pictures and one hell of an original horror movie in its own right. A shame the franchise turned into a joke with Busta Rhymes instead of a series of unique Halloween themed spook flicks.
Not a sequel to parts 1 & 2 (because Michael Myers was killed). A man comes into a hospital with a Halloween mask. He claims that "they'll kill us all". Goes into a fright coma. Another man walks into the hospital and crushes the first mans head with his hands. The killer goes into his car and lights himself on fire. The Doctor on staff at the time and the victims daughter join forces to get to the bottom of what just happened.
Originally saw this on VHS a very long time ago. My impression then wasn't great. Perhaps today it's only slightly better. The incredible leaps in logic are nearly other worldly. Since a mystic storyline is present,perhaps many things…
I previously tried to watch this film, but fell asleep after five minutes and woke up for the last fifteen minutes. Because of this, I thought the film looked interesting, so I thought I would try to watch it again. Obviously, I discovered how disappointing this movie is.
Regardless of this, I am convinced that if boiled down to the length of a short film, recasting a lot of the roles, and basically rewriting the entire script (but keeping some core elements), there is a really interesting movie in there somewhere.
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