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!
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
"The Night No One Comes Home."
The stand alone Halloween flick that feels more like a Phantasm movie than a Halloween movie. Mostly I mean it is weird as hell.
I didn't like this movie, and not because of the lack of Michael Myers but because it is bad. The main character for starters goes beyond troubled to dis likable, and the story kindve makes no sense, and that's being generous.
There are some cool gore effects but in the end it's just not a good movie.
Two other things that this movie did, one it showed clips from the original Halloween which showed you what you were not going to get and two it has a jingle that will haunt my dreams.
"Three more days to Halloween, Halloween, Halloween..."
What seemed like a good way to shake up the series failed miserably with this one-note horror flick that has nothing to be about until October 31st, which is present in the film for about the last 10 minutes.
"Third film in the franchise and what's this?!?! NO MICHAEL MYERS!!! I am so shocked that after he was shot multiple times, even in the face, then burnt alive, he hasn't returned. I really wanted his gunned up, charcoaled corpse to start massacring teens again. What a bummer!!!" Is what I would say if I was an absolute idiot.
Halloween 3 season of the witch that never shows up and is not even mentioned in the film is a film that takes the Halloween franchise and does something unique. It by no means is as good as the first but at least it has some originality.
The film is about a toy company run by this evil hardcore Halloween celebrator…
Continuing with the marathon. Halloween III is by far the next best entry in the franchise after part 1. 2 was pretty mediocre, and everything else stays that way. But this. This is quality horror storytelling.
Everyone's complaint about this film is 'There's no Michael Myers, omg'. And every time someone tries to point out a flaw, it's so half arsed. The first Halloween is flawed to fuck. Back To The Future is flawed to fuck. THE GODFATHER HAS COUNTLESS FLAWS. Fact is, this movie just knows how to do things right. And that's what make its very minor flaws, oh so forgivable.
One of the best things about this movie is Conal Cochran. He is one of the best…
It's pretty much impossible to claim that this film is actually good, but it's also surprisingly essential Halloween viewing - if only for the opening sequence, the occasional surprisingly good shot (the one alluded to by the poster is one of the best of a suburban Halloween in 80's cinema) and the sequence in which the masks are demonstrated.
This movie is crap but it did give the world the "song" Silver Shamrock. That has to be worth a few stars.
So what it has No Michael Myers? It has TOM ATKINS in it thats all you need hands down the best film in the Franchise and one of the Greatest Horror Movies ever made this film is PERFECT imo. :)
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