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 2014 - 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…
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…
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!
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!
This was my first watch of the film. Didn't think I'd enjoy it but ended up surprised at how much I did.
Carrying on my watch all of the Halloween franchise films before the 31st.
what a monumental piece of shit. this movie was like the nightmare on elm street 2 of the halloween franchise, completely useless. shouldnt be called halloween 3.
A solid Halloween horror tale that almost warrants an annual viewing among the likes of Trick 'r Treat. Gets unfairly treated as the odd-duck in the HALLOWEEN franchise rather than the fun standalone feature it is.
Dammit this movie rules. Somehow taking Michael Meyers out of the franchise he built and adding Tom Atkins who just wants to drink High Life and pound some strange, made this movie work like a charm. Classic through and through plus the scene where the lady accidentally discharges a badge in the hotel room is a seriously creepy and nasty experience.
The Carpenter tropes are still all over this picture, highlighted by that trademark electronic score. And while Michael Myers may be absent, that midnight movie feeling of a tall tale given lean, serious heft is ever-present. As a paranoid yarn it would work pretty well back-to-back with Carpenter's own They Live. One wonders what other strange, kooky tales might've come our way had the series' anthology idea been perpetuated.
The mentally challenged bastard of the Halloween-franchise.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I remembered this film fondly but haven't seen it since the mid eighties, this was a bit of a disappointment. The good thing about it was the crazy ideas, the main bad guy and some of the special effects, but the film was flat, dreary and protracted. It was very meta to see the original Halloween movie on the TV.
This must have been a hell of a shock to those expecting more Michael Myers.
A much higher score than when I first watched the film.
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