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 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.”
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!
Part of Halloween in August
Don't miss it. And don't forget to wear your masks. The clock is ticking. It's almost time.
- Commercial Announcer
Well this was an interesting one. It's the only film of the Halloween series not to include it's main antagonist, and it's stuck with the problem of having to create its own brand new plot from scratch. It's also not a slasher. At all. It felt a lot like one of the films that criticised McCarthyism or the growing consumerism in 50's America. And in that way, it does work, just not in the context of the rest of the franchise.
The story is about a Halloween mask company who are plotting to kill millions…
Going into this I knew it had absolutely nothing to do with Michael Meyers. Surprisingly enough, this was actually decent. This shouldn't even have the Halloween title; although it does have to do with the actual Holiday, Halloween. You get what I'm saying. No Michael Meyers, but yes to Halloween Holiday things. Anyway, yeah I liked it. Way better than I was anticipating.
Nowhere near as bad as people think. It's a pretty entertaining 80's horror film if you give it a shot.
the only real problem with this movie is that people expected Michael Myers to be in it
“It's time. It's time. Time for the big giveaway. Halloween has come. All you lucky kids with Silver Shamrock masks, gather 'round your TV set, put on your masks and watch. All witches, all skeletons, all Jack-O-Lanterns, gather 'round and watch. Watch the magic pumpkin. Watch...”
The Night No One Comes Home.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch is the only film in the Halloween franchise that does not revolve around Michael Myers, Laurie Strode or any elements from previous installments. Instead, the film focuses on the mysterious activities of a large mask-making company, in the week approaching Halloween night. Besides wholly abandoning the history of Michael Myers, Halloween III also departed from the slasher genre adopted by the first…
Halloween III: Season of the Witch is one of those films that is infamously bad, and watching it for the first time, it's very easy to see why. It actually starts and finishes relatively well, with a creepy opening and an unhappy ending, but what goes on in the other 90-odd minutes is an absolute disaster.
The film is never scary, it never makes any sense and it's littered with moments of unintentional comedy that are more entertaining accidentally than anything that's meant to be taken seriously.
Its plot, which involves Stonehenge, deadly Halloween masks, dead children, laser badge things, snakes and spiders coming out of people's faces, robots and bad acting, is absolute gibberish, and badly explained absolute gibberish at that.
So what you're left with is a horror film with no scares, a story with no logic, and a waste of 90 minutes.
Wisely abandoning Michael Myers after the entertaining but lacklustre Halloween II, the third film in the series was a stand alone story concerning the fiendish plot of a toy maker to wreak havoc via his Halloween masks. The film cleverly references everything from Invasion Of The Body Snatchers to Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory! Unfortunately, its box office failure led to the resurrection of Myers for the abysmal fourth installment..
When I started my Halloween marathon I decided to leave Season of the Witch out of the package, but having such a great time with the franchise as unexpectedly happened, this odd little film got a second chance. What impressed me the most in the first time is how this film has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the franchise, like, zero connections, Michael Myers is basicaly a fictional character in the world of Halloween III, which makes Season of the Witch one film of a kind.
In this second time around, the first thing to get my attention was the Horror Synth soundtrack, which is my favorite thing nowadays. Wrapped by this great soundtrack, the film becomes…
Better than you think. Bleak. Rather effective ending.
Comercial, mascaras y robots, es cierto y Stonehenge.
El doctor más poco profesional, esta con sus hijos y recibe una llamada y se va al Hospital, pero de repente le vale todo y se va dos días a investigar la muerte de un paciente.
Todos los personajes están bien construidos y sus presentaciones están muy bien, la llegada de la familia y la señora al motel. Poco a poco te va soltando información hasta que al final sabemos de que se trata, gran musicalización y el jingle hacen la película bastante especial.
El final me gusto muchísimo.
It's not a Michael Myers film but the Twilight Zone feel and Tom Atkins' crazed performance make it good fun.
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