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).
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!
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…
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.
Halloween III is so much fun! The film quite clearly makes no sense and it doesn't even try to make sense - it is literally stupid, ridiculous and retarded. The great thing about this film is how fun it would be for kids, if they cut out the sex and gore. In tone, it is the kind of kid-friendly horror films Spielberg and Amblin would have made in the 80s. Terrifying amusement for children, a ton of fun for adults, Halloween III deserves re-evaluation.
Gonzo greatness. I watch this every year on Halloween. "The greatest trick of all: a trick on the children!"
It's a pretty crappy film, and the potential campiness isn't dense enough to consistently entertain. It doesn't hit all the wrong notes (the opening shot of a man running under a quiet highway overpass to escape his pursuers in a car is effectively creepy), it just hits most of them. The protagonist is annoyingly impulsive (having an affair with a dead patient's daughter, abandoning his family to help solve a mystery with his new girl, etc.), the plot is quite predictable, and there aren't many scares. Variety is lacking, too; a musical crescendo in concordance with one of the robot's stepping into the side of the frame can only be effective in moderation. Overall, it's just too silly, and not in the fun way.
Where: Theater room
Depending on who you ask, "Halloween 3" is one of the most loved or hated horror sequels of all time. Those who love it love the brash originality of the story while those who hate it are upset that it doesn't feature everyone's favorite knife-wielding maniac Michael Myers.
My opinion lies somewhere in the middle, both appreciative of the fact that John Carpenter and the studio wanted to try something different and yet highly disappointed in all of the unanswered questions and ludicrous plot developments. I loved the novelty of the story, and the whole thing is hugely entertaining, but unfortunately, none of it makes any sense at all.
Dan O'Herlihy is some kind of evil genius as Cochrane, a…
Unlike the rest of the Halloween series I had only watched this particular entry once way back in high school on a cheap VHS copy of incredibly poor quality. I didn't think much of it at the time but now that I've revisited the film on a pristine Blu-Ray copy, I can slightly adjust my thoughts on it.
What I remembered as a cheap-looking piece of garbage is actually nicely shot and competently put together with some good scares and a few moments of genuine tension. The story just doesn't feel like it belongs in the Halloween series though. It feels more like a weird James Bond movie with it's lone middle aged male hero and his newly found gal pal investigating an evil billionaire and his menacing henchmen from committing genocide. It's fun in it's own quirky way, but it just can compete with the original menace of Michael Myers.
Ah, almost everyone's most hated entry in the popular "Halloween" series. Okay, I agree, as a sequel it is awful. It has nothing to do with the rest of the series, except for the fact that it takes place on Halloween. BUT, as a standalone film, it completely works. It's a wonderfully creepy sci-fi/horror movie. Go into it with an open mind. You might just be surprised.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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