“ Genre: Horror / Theatrical Release: 1982 / Actors: Tom Atkins, Al Berry ... / DVD released 07 October, 2003 at Universal Studios / Features of the DVD: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen „
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This movie is under appreciated. A movie that, had it not used the Halloween brand name and come up with its own title, would probably have garnered a better reception for itself. Instead, it seems as though those involved misjudged the popularity of Halloween and Halloween II's lead villain, Michael Myers. He's not featured in this one, the makers choosing to go with a totally seperate story, semingly hoping to turn the Halloween brand in to some sort of Twilight Zone type of franchise. It back fired. Many fans hoping for a third fix of Myers, were left in a stew over his absence here, and have never forgiven this film for disappointing them so much.
Its a shame, because this is actually a fine horror film in its own right. One very much in original Halloween director, John Carpenter vein too. The great man was involved here, but the directing reigns went to Carpenter collaborator Tommy Lee Wallce (Fright Night 2).
The story revolves around an evil factory owner (the excellent Dan O'Herlihy) who is making thousands of Halloween masks to hand out to local kids for the infamous holiday. Only when they simultaniously put them on, something very nasty is ensured to occur.
Well worth checking out. Not to be compared to other Halloween movies though.
Halloween III was intended to be a departure for the series from the figure of serial killer, Michael Myers who had featured in both the first two movies; taking the franchise in an all-new direction with a new unrelated story to be released with each successive entry. Unfortunately Season Of The Witch recieved very mixed and mostly negative reviews effectively making that idea null and void even though it is regarded by Carpenter fans mostly fondly and considered by some to be the strongest film in the franchise!
The plot centres around an evil big corporation, Silver Shamrock, who market masks for Halloween. The man behind the Silver Shamrock brand intends to bring back the more macabre aspects of Halloween and the festival of Samhain by arranging the mass slaughter and sacrifice of children at midnight on the night of October 31st using the masks that he sells. But Dr.Daniel Challis, a Doctor at a local hospital, stumbles across parts of the plot and begins to suspect some kind of conspiracy is going on when he witnesses the brutal murder of an employee trying to spill the beans. Can Challis alert the authorities in time and make them believe what he knows is about to happen? And how exactly are The Silver Shamrock masks involved in the plot?
For me, this is the most terrifying of the Halloween movies with not just one figure being the threat but a range of masks that could well be potentially distributed to millions of innocents! The Silver Shamrock theme tune is equally as chilling and sets your nerves on edge with every time you hear it play. And the ending of this film is easily one of the best that Carpenter has ever filmed leaving you sitting on the edge of your seat!!!
For me, this film has a character all of its own and is up there with the best movies that Carpenter directed during the height of his popularity! If you haven't ever seen it, it is well worth a watch and you should check it out just in time for Halloween; preferably with the lights switched off and trick and treaters knocking at your door!
It is easily the best of the series and is made even better by the exclusion of serial killer Michael Myers who would not return until the fourth entry in the franchise that returned the series to its roots.
A lot of people hate this film just because Myers isn't in it. While I can see their point, in my opinion, that's not a good reason to hate the film.
The plot of the film is that a maniacal toymaker is hellbent on killing every child in America so he has his factory workers manufacture masks that, when worn and the kids watch a specific advert on television, they will die.
This may sound corny in writing but it works well on screen and it's quite an original idea for a horror film.
The film plays a little homage to the original by having the main character watch a tv spot for the film on television.
Tom Atkins plays a doctor that teams up with a woman, who's father was killed by a pair of assassin like killers and their investigation into that leads them to the factory.
Dick Warlock, who played Michael Myers in H2, makes a couple of appearances in this movie as one of the assassin like killers (one of the scenes involves orange goo spilling out of his mouth and a fight with Tom Atkins character).
Performances are a little hammy by most of the actors and actresses here, they are not as good as they are in the Myers films.
Tom Atkins is the only one who doesn't play it hammy and is as good as he always is in any other film.
Dan O Herlihy as the mad factory toy maker is good but not that menacing. He, too, hams it up.
The ending is very effective and refreshing but I won't spoil that here. I just wish a lot of other movie studios and directors had the guts to make endings like this.
John Carpenter and Alan Howarth team up to create the score and it's as good as always. Different and in a class of it's own.
As a Halloween film, it may well be horrible to you but as a stand alone film, it's very decent so when you watch it, just remember, Myers is not in this and you should watch it like it's not part of the series.
If I had it my way, I would have just called it 'Season of the Witch'.
Recommended for open minded viewers.
Originally, this film was to take the Halloween film's in a completely new direction. Set up as the first film in an anthology that was promised to fans every year, poor returns and a lack of Michael Myers put this idea to rest. Halloween & Halloween 2 saw infamous serial killer Michael Myers stalk his long lost sister, killing all her friends and eventually trying to kill her. Here, the only sign of the masked killer is an airing of the original film on a bar tv screen.
Released a year after Halloween 2, this film picks up the story of a mad toymaker who creates a mask with demonic purpose. After the death of her father, a girl indulges the help of the doctor who was present for her father's death to work out exactly what happened to him. It turns out, he was just a pawn in an elaborate ploy to bring back the true meaning of Halloween to America.
In an Irish-heavy town in North California, the mad toymaker has created masks that pair up with an irritatingly catchy jingle that will air on tv throughout the Halloween festivities. Unbeknown to the parents of America, when the jingle kicks in, the mask will implode on the person's face and turn their heads into a myriad of insects and snakes. It is up to the doctor and his new sidekick to put a stop to the plot before the children of America succumb to the toymakers evil scheme.
Halloween 3 is an interesting premise in a time where horror film's suffered from sequelitis. Whilst Freddy became the jokester of the pack, and Jason just got dafter and dafter, series creator John Carpenter clearly had the intention of creating something a little different that wouldn't shrivel from the weight of sequel contrivances.
Unfortunately, the fan's didn't much care for this direction, and led deluded makers to think that it was because we missed the character of Michael Myers, a numbskull in a Star Trek mask with as much personality as Mr Bean on his deathbed. The problem with this film wasn't that Michael Myers was absent, it was that he had sucked so much in the second installment that the audience probably couldn't be bothered to see this film by association.
The film isn't so much scary as it is a squeam-a-thon. You'll be wriggling and tensing up your face as you try not to imagine it turning into a horrible creature from the black lagoon. Whilst it has become fashionable for Hollywood to create invisible scares that exist only in our minds, sometimes what we do see is just as scary and revolting.
Dan O'Herily is a scary being, given that he looks like a gent and has plenty of dialogue. Unlike his predecessor in terror, who was a great lumbering mute for most of his onscreen time, he is a charismatic fellow who has the ability to chill with one sentence. Of course, its all very over the top, and the Irishman fits in perfectly with the tone of the film.
After an embarrassing association with film number 2, John Carpenter is back at the helm here with his sidekick Debra Hill. Carpenter had a burst of scary films back in the late 70's and early 80's and whilst this nowhere near captured his best work, it's hard to delve in and recreate magic on an already familiar brand. Carpenter does a reasonable job with the film, and its not hard to see what he was trying to achieve with it.
The cast also stars:
Tom Atkins as Dan Challis
Stacy Nelkin as Ellie
Ralph Strait as Buddy
Nancy Keyes as Linda
The film is available on DVD, although I believe the DVD was released when the format was in its early stages, so there is absolutely nothing of note to add to the film that we didn't get on the original VHS. However, for completists, and for those who like their horror gorey and daft, give this one a spin. Its certainly better than the next 3 films in the series, when Myers made an unwelcome trip back home.
I'm a horror film fan and I tend to like movies that are a little bit unusual, distinctive, quirky and grotesque. This movie, produced by John Carpenter, is all of those things. Halloween III is subtitled 'Season of the Witch' and it might have been a better idea to have avoided the 'Halloween' moniker altogether. The story of the movie actually has no connection to any of the other Halloween chain of movies involving the masked madman Michael Myers who menaced Jamie Lee Curtis in the original classic horror. It was infact a film that was intended to launch the 'Halloween' enterprise as an anthology. Michael Myers proved to be too much of a memorable, cult hero though and his absence in this film seemed only to irk loyal fans. Consequently the film performed badly in the cinema on it's 1982 release and recieved a critical mauling. Some of that criticism still holds today but the movie has also ammassed a following amongst another set of horror fans (me included) who view this as a cult classic and a very enjoyable horror film which is totally seperate from the Michael Myers 'Halloween'.
Tom Atkin's is the movie's star with elfin Stacy Nelkin as his co-star. Atkin's was already a seasoned horror film actor when he took on this role and he is an expert at assuming those shocked and terrified expressions we need to see in our victims. He plays a drunk doctor Dan Challis who teams up with Nelkin's 'Ellie' to find the culprit when she says her father has been murdered. Nelkin is a little blank faced at the best of times but she is cute and athletic and her stature suggests she needs protection and love from our hero Dan.
Dan O Herlihy is possibly the best thing about this movie. An oscar nominated actor (for his starring role in 'The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe' 1954), he oozes control and gravitas. His Irish American lilt is charming and his old fashioned gentleman manners make him seem like an unlikely criminal. His character, Conal Cochran is infact a man who is drunk on his own success. He is a typical mad scientist type who wants to take over the world, create havoc then sit back and laugh at the chaos as he strokes his fluffy kitten. He is just so clever that he actually might succeed. He is definately a stand-out character that is both interesting and likeable and yet makes us suspicious.
Events in the movie take place in the week before Halloween. The countdown to the Witching Hour is marked by a series of creepy advertisments which play endlessly on television sets all across America. Simple computer graphics show a neon flashing, dancing pumpkin which sings "three more days to Halloween..." to the tune of 'My Fair Lady'. The last phrase is replaced by the company name 'Silver Shamrock' who are selling special Halloween masks for the occasion. There is clearly some sort of hypnotic effect produced by these commercials as kids everywhere want the Silver Shamrock masks above any other. Silver Shamrock is Conal Cochran's company and you begin to get an inkling that perhaps he isn't as child friendly as he would have you believe. If you watch the movie I guarentee this song will be stuck in your head for days afterwards! The hypnotic effect, then, is scarily real!
I find the horror content in the movie to be quite disturbing although it is definately not in the same style of the other Halloween movies. The violence here is not slasher style and there is little blood and guts on show. There is an emphasis on how technology and science pose a threat to humanity though with lasers and machines being the murder weapons. There is also a dismantling of the human form and many hints at how vulnerable we are. Snakes, spiders and cockroaches become the masters as human forms rot and melt away. The ultimate threat in the movie is to children and these victims, so innocent and vulnerable, is something that makes my skin creep.
I find the overall plot to be well executed although there is an amusing reveal at the end regarding the source of power for our loveable villain. The reveal in some ways discredits the role of science in the plot to mass murder and gives the credit to a more mystical, outer-space sort of star-power! The ending of the movie is very ambiguous and shocking. Dan is on a knife edge as he tries to defeat his nemesis. Does he succeed? The tense finale is one of the things that make the film so great.
If you ever intend to watch this movie I'd suggest forgetting about the other Halloween films and to stop wondering when Michael Myers is going to appear in this movie. He doesn't (except for a brief flash of him in the original 'Halloween' on a television screen in the background of a scene). A great movie to make you think, worry and squirm, 'Season of the Witch' definately delivers a good dose of ugliness and venom.
The DVD has extra features including a very interesting audio commentary by horror expert Stephen Jones and critic Kim Newman. There is also biographies and production backgrounds. Available on R0 DVD and rated certificate 15.
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Written as an attempt to break away from the Halloween/Micheal Myers franchise. This is the one with the annoying masks, the equally annoying song/TV advert and the evil mask makers who want to kill millions of children on Halloween.
Clearly they had a bad experience with Trick Or Treaters? The film starts a bit like the end of the original version of "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers" with the man and his mask and his claims that "their coming to kill us all" and the creepy men in smart suits.
After the man who warned them is killed the local Doctor and the man's daughter decide to trace her fathers footsteps which lead them to a town that has a curfew (come on? no-one challenged a curfew? In America? Never going to happen!).
Of course they discover the town is being controlled by 1 man who is bent on destruction using unexplained (or unexplainable) technology. The mystery men in suits turn out to be automatons covered in wax which explain their superhuman strength. The deadly Silver Shamrock advert is tested on a salesman and his family who are all killed.
Of course their both captured and he escapes (having seen clips from Halloween the movie on 2 separate occasions) and of course he's stupid enough to go rescue the girl after he tries to warn his wife to protect his own kids.
Using a trick he'd already learned about earlier (which killed the woman in the motel complex) he destroys all the wax automatons and seemingly kills the guy in charge. (It's a bit hazy about exactly what happens with the big stone in the warehouse). After escaping it appears the woman he saved isn't the girl, she's been replaced by a wax automaton so he kills her but is almost killed by her arm.
The film ends pretty much the same way it started but he manages to ring the TV stations and warn all but 1 of them. Very weak ending to a very weak film that's thin on plot.
Even with the telling tagline people were a little more than bemused when, while sitting down to the third instalment of Halloween, that Michael Myers was nowhere to be seen. The white mask doesnt make an appearance (apart from a clip of the first Halloween film being shown on a service station TV) and there are next to none teenagers to be found ready to be knifed up.
After Halloween and Halloween II John Carpenter decided that he had took the Halloween story, as we knew it, far enough. He, along with Derbra Hill, decided to take a new direction in the Halloween series. The plan was to create a new movie every year or so with the story focussing on Halloween and the myths that surround it. While they could have preserved Halloween I and II as the only Halloweens, they more than likely used the name of Halloween for brand recognition and familiarity, to further the chance of box office success. Season of the Witch was the first (and last) film to test this plan out. It grossed a small but not totally redundant $14m and while this far exceeded the $2.5m budget it wasnt on the scale of Halloween and Halloween II. Also audiences were left with a bitter taste in their mouths after seeing the movie, expecting Myers but not getting anything remotely near to it.
The premise of Season of the Witch is odd to say the least. Surprisingly enough its Halloween and kids all over America are dying to get their hands on (or faces into) the Silver Shamrock masks that have been heavily marketed due to some TV advertising with an annoying jingle. However the masks are not what they seem as Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins) finds out when he meets up with Ellie Grimbridge (Stacey Nelkin) whos father has mysteriously disappeared since supposedly visiting the Silver Shamrock factory to see the mask maker Conal Cochran (Dan OHerlihy). Despite his cheery exterior the dastardly Mr. Cochran is hell bent on making this Halloween bloodier than all others as the masks in question have this tendency to kill whoever is wearing them by the form of snakes and all manner of unpleasant insects. Apparently this is keeping the tradition of All Hallows Eve when the rivers ran red with blood, or something to that effect. It is up to Daniel and Eddie to try and thwart the plans of the crazed mask masker and avoid a Halloween that will leave children with more than an upset stomach from stuffing their faces with chocolate.
The film starts good but goes down from there. The opening sees a man running from something, predictably at night so everything is dark and spooky, the scene is tense and quite unnerving and it also becomes very violent very fast. After escaping from the men trying to chase him he gets taken to the hospital where Daniel works. However the men dont give up and soon the patient is murdered and the man who was killed him incinerated in his car leaving behind a few interesting things that leads Daniel to think all is not what it seems. He soon meets up with Ellie and thus begins the films downward spiral of lame detective work, shoddy script and below par acting.
Despite the premise being ridiculous it remains fairly interesting yet the film ignores this for the most part and focuses on the relationship between Ellie and Daniel for a good chunk of the film and relies on them to piece together the mystery without us viewing it ourselves. It wastes screentime by pointing out Daniel has problems with his wife and kids which, to me, its just too clichéd and a waste to mention, if only to get him off the hook for sharing a bed with Ellie one night. This being a horror film, or at least advertised as one, you do expect some horror but it just isnt there. There is little threat posed by Cochran, and while he certainly could be threatening the script and surrounding cast wont let him, or his henchmen. Tension fails to build up, despite the interesting inclusion of a curfew imposed on the town, it is not used to full effect with Daniel goes out after dark and just becomes another chase. The film is also predictable and so you are expecting the unfolding events so you can go on autopilot throughout most of the film. You know they are going to find Cochran out and you know Cochran will tell of his diabolical plans to one of the leads and you know there will be a big showpiece at the end to halt the plans. There are no big scares or interesting side plots to keep you going. Although Halloween was kept simplistic its atmosphere unmistakenly horror and if you have watched a lot of films like it you know what will happen but it still has the tension and suspense needed for interest. Season of the Witch doesnt.
Between the beginning and the eventual finale only one scene sticks out in the mind whereby Cochran tests his mask. While it is particularly gruesome to see, and I warn you that if you have an aversion to snakes, insects and genuinely big creepy things then be prepared for your stomach to do somersaults, you cant help but think the only reason why you seem intent on watching it is to finally shut the bratty kid up. Indeed you are almost willing for Cochran to get away with it if only to silence such kids up. The finale itself reminds me a lot of Friday 13th (Part 1) in the fact that is too drawn out and becomes pretty silly not that it would matter if this was a spoof or a comedy but this is trying to be a serious horror film and the end battle just doesnt cut it. To its credit, however, the very end of Season of the Witch is fairly pleasing in that it tries to add a final shock to the process, though it is a shame that the film up till then failed to do so.
Apart from OHerlihy the cast of characters dont really shine through. Playing the villain always allows for a bit of fun to be had and it shows when OHerlihy is on screen. He plays the mix of caring Grandfather and pure and twisted nemesis spot on and, like all good villains, always remains calm no matter what turn of events may happen. The two other leads fair less well. Atkins just seems to breeze through the role, thinking of the pay check it will get him, his performance is good but not wholly believable and. The role of the female heroin, so brilliantly played by Jamie Lee Curtis in the previous Halloweens, must have spoilt us. Nelkins lead female character is devoid of such things that made Lauries character so great, the way she can play helpless victim and steadfast survivor for example, while the script is to blame for some of Nelkins performance it cannot solely be the main cause. She just acts like a silly little woman most of the time and her wide-eyed expression and always-open mouth (in the gawping sense just in case you were wondering) gets tiresome quickly. The other notable characters are the test subjects Buddy (Ralph Strait) Betty (Jadeen Barbor) and Little Buddy Kupfer Jr. (Bradley Schachter) who do little than add a bit of comedy to the film, some of which is intentional some not. While they do a decent job you cant help but think the casting of Bradley Schacheter as a typical bratty American child misses the mark if you are supposed to feel empathy towards all the other children in line for what he has to go through.
It seems that there a little plus points for the film but it isnt a total disaster. The directing from Tommy Lee Wallace is pretty well done and he does manage to carry the film pretty well. However despite it being good it cant save the film from the problems the film already has. Carpenter once again is responsible for the music from the film. While not as instantly memorable as the Halloween theme he devised for the previous parts it does remain a plus point to the film. Also the aforementioned scene with the mask and snakes really does stand out and something that will stick in your mind for a quite a while after watching it even if the rest of the film doesnt.
Many fans of the Halloween series disregard Halloween III and choose to ignore it whether they think it has no place because of its lack of Myers or because its just not that good is up to them. No matter which you do have to commend Carpenter and Hill for taking a risk with the well-known franchise. They chose to do something different and I would have been happy to have an odd Halloween theme film from them now and again it is just a shame that Season of the Witch was a good idea but poorly crafted. Nevertheless Halloween III does stand as the weakest of the Halloween films in terms of quality and entertainment value. It isnt a total loss and there are a few good moments to be had from this but, ultimately, it isnt good as a film whether it has the Halloween name above it or not.
HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH IS
Different from the others
A good idea
That is poorly executed
HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH IS NOT
High on quality
What it should have been
Somewhere along the line I managed to miss something about this movie.I thought the idea of a sequel was to create a movie which at least brought back the hero/heroine of the others and maybe perhaps the same villain or at the very least the same kind of plot. The only thing Halloween 3 has in common with its two predecessors is that it is a horror movie...everything else is all change...and its all the worse for that. Halloween III: Season Of The Witch is a rather odd movie based once again around the time of Halloween. The plot is simple but rather stupid to say the least and the movie rests solely upon the level and inventiveness of the gore it displays. We have a mad business mad who gets fed up with something or other and decides to pay the world back using Halloween as an excuse. He makes Halloween masks, but inserts a 'chip' of some kind inside them made from bits of Stonehenge which will have an 'adverse' effect on the wearer. You see, when these are worn and a particular television show comes on, the masks will kill the wearer in the most horrific of ways. Only two outsiders know this and try to stop it happening... There really isn't much to say about his movie, it literally is bad on all fronts. Script, acting, directing, plot, camerawork...all ad, with the movie's sole grace being the special effects(well they are ok) which isn't too surprising because gore seems to be the only reason for this movie's existence. The mask causes such things asa workers face to melt off and bugs to burst from every vailable orrifice...just to give you a picture of what this movie offers as entertainment. Couple all the bad things with the movie's insistence on playing the television show's annoying jingle over and over and over again. The point was made the first 100 times, we heard the message, now its driving us insane! Everything else? Sucky and really there is nothing to recommend here at all. Maybe
Caroenter knew ths and decided to cash in on the Halloween franchise again to make a quick buck even though it has NOTHING to do with the other movies in the series. It wouldn't surprise me with him judging on recent form and efforts.
The movie is about a Halloween Costume making company that sucks in their favorite custmers (little children) with a catchy little theme song and a TV show. The Silver Shamrock masks are all the rage and the Kids just love them. But there is something wrong with these masks. Investigating a strange homicide, two reporters go to the factory for a special tour. What they find is not very pleasant!!!! This movie serves no purpose in the Halloween chronicles. It has nothing to do with Micheal Myers and his strange hobbies, and the storyline itself is not only cheesy and predictable, but there was really no plot, no mystery, and hardly any gore at all (and what is a horror movie without gore?) The best thing about it was the the fact that every once in awhile, someone would flip on the TV and There would be the Halloween theme song (often flipped back off because they were tired of seeing that movie again and again and again.....)
This Halloween has nothing whatsoever to do with the other Halloweens . . .yepp thats right! No Michael Myers! No Dr Loomis! No Laurie Strode! Just a whole new film, and a whole lotta different characters. This film is all about a manager of a Halloween Mask Factory. He has implanted microchips with pieces of Stonehenge in in the masks. Sound silly? It is! Basically, on Halloween the music of a commercial will play and the chips will be activated causing the wearer of the mask to die in some peculiar way. The acting is average, and the film is decidely dull. And as for the ending, it leaves you scratching your head wondering why you just watched the whole film! The original plan was for a Halloween movie to be released every Halloween. But this movie was so unsuccessful that the producers scrapped the plan (and thank God they did) Michael Myers returns in the next series entry. I advise you to skip this one; you won't miss out on anything, and it shouldn't have been part of the series in the first place.
This film is terrible. In all the other Halloween films they are about the killer Micheal Myers and usually his sister Lori. This one is about an evil toymaker. What happens is the toymaker is making masks to kill the people that wear them. They are latex ones that go right over the head. When the mask is on it gets tighter and I think it is meant to cave the head in. The toymaker has put adverts on the televison to try and coax children into buying the masks and put them on at 7 o clock on halloween night so he can kill them. This film is nothing like the rest. The others aren't perfect but this one is very bad. In the end these people realise that the toymaker is trying to kill the children and go in search for him. They don't get him though. I wouldn't waste your time.
The producers of Halloween 1 and 2 Debra Hill and John Carpenter decided at the time since Michael Myers was killed off they should try a different idea. How wrong they were to do that. At the time the cinemas and theatres worldwide were crowded with obsessive horror fans expecting to see their idol, their hero, Michael Myers return once more. Unfortunately what they saw was entirely different. Conan Carloch an evil toymaker has a plan; to murder millions of children with halloween masks that seem to take on a life of their own. It is up to somebody to put a stop to it. This film bombed big time at the box office much to Carpenter's and Hill's disapointment. What they needed to do was to bring back Michael and that is exactly what they did in Halloween 4:The Return of Michael Myers which saved Carpenter's career from turning into a crying shame. This film may have done ok if the title had been penned differently but other than this a terrible film, with bad acting and a silly idea overall. I wouldn't recommend it to any horror fan whatsoever.
Halloween 3, hated by many loved by, erm… one or two, and that one or two just so happens to be me, well when I say love, I don’t "love" it, I think of it more like a pet. Anyway, the reason this movie is disliked by Halloween fans is that it has absolutely nothing to do with Michael Myers, totally ignoring the previous films, although Michael does feature briefly on a TV commercial. A patient has his head popped by an unidentified man in a hospital. The man then retreats to his car and explodes. The only witness to this is Dr Dan Challis who investigates and comes face to face with the sinister figure of Conal Cochran, who makes Halloween masks. Not content with making Halloween masks alone, Cochran is also intent on reviving the rites of All Hallows Eve, a night of ancient sacrifice when, long ago the hills ran red with the blood of animals and children. Put these two things together and what do you get? Halloween masks which melt your face, and cause snakes to pour out of your skull! Woohoo! For Halloween 3, John Carpenter handed the job of directing over to Tommy Lee Wallace and instead produced the movie. It is thought that Carpenter wanted to move away from the Michael Myers theme, to stop the series from becoming a Friday the 13th clone. Carpenter also wrote the music which although not as great as his score for Halloween, is pretty damn good. Halloween 3 also has an incredibly annoying "Silver Shamrock" song which is played almost continuously throughout the movie. Despite the absence of Michael there is definitely the feel of the first movie, with the dark lighting, and harrowing score. A ridiculous cliché filled story-line Halloween 3 is probably not recommended for Halloween fans but should provide a treat for the horror fan who has seen everything.
Once upon a time, John Carpenter decided that it was time that the Halloween series moved away from the Micheal Myers stories and become a banner for a series of movies based around Halloween night, with this picture being the result. When a patient is mysteriously killed by an attacker who dies just moments later, Dr Dan Challis decides to investigate what is going on. He eventually tracks the problem down to a sinsiter toy manufacturer, Conal Cochram, who wishes to bring back an old druid tradition. One which isn't nice, generally. To be honest, this is probably more of a sci-fi film than a horror. It has bits in common with Invasion of the Body Snatchers, whilst at least proving a little different to the normal horror fodder of the time. The direction, whilst unspectacular, is at least well paced and fairly tight, and the actors do their job in a passable fashion. This film was a flop, and the rest of the Halloween pictures returned to Myers. It was a shame, judging by this picture the Carpenters concept had at least some potential (and certainly, the following Halloween pictures are unspectacular, more closely aping Friday the 13th than traditional Halloween). Don't dismiss this movie out of hand because of it's lack of Myers, it is at least as entertaining as the later Halloween movies if not more so.
This film would of been much better recieved if it didnt carry the halloween name because people expecting Michael Myers were disappointed. On the offical Halloween web page recently there was a vote if the new halloween film should step away from Michael Myers after H20 or not. The vote was to bring Myers back so it looks like three will be the only one not to feature him. Halloween three is actually a good film in its self directed by Tommy Lee Wallace (Stephen King's It) its basic storyline is that a mad toy company owner is making halloween masks that when a certain TV advert comes on they fire a laser and kill the kid inside and releasing bugs and snakes too. A hospital worker and the daughter of a business man who never came back forom the before mentioned toy company cotton on the plan and must stop it, it has a very good bleak ending that leaves you wondering what happened and is well paced through out. Tom Atkins is good in this film and also returns in Carpenters the Fog. Myers did return in the under rated Halloween 4 which I think is the third best installment after the first and H20. Happy Happy Halloween Halloween Halloween Happy Happy Halloween Silver Shamrock
Halloween III: Season of the Witch was producer John Carpenter's attempt to get the series away from the original psycho-on-the-loose storyline and turn it into a vehicle for more far-fetched Halloween-themed horror tales. Incredibly, the fans voted for more of the same and Carpenter walked away for others to rehash the Michael Myers plotline in a succession of lookalike movies that are still turning up every few years. Though original screenwriter Nigel Kneale (of the Quatermass series and The Stone Tape) removed his name from the final film after a coarsening rewrite by director Tommy Lee Wallace, his strange touch is evident in the offbeat story. After the mysterious deaths of a toyshop owner, a doctor (Tom Atkins) and the man's daughter (Stacy Nelkin), an investigation takes place in the Irish-dominated Northern California community of Santa Mira, a company town owned by the Silver Shamrock Novelty corporation, whose bestselling Halloween masks are pushed by an amazingly irritating TV jingle you won't ever be able to get out of your head ("Two more days to Halloween, Halloween, Halloween"). Atkins and Nelkin are typical low-rent horror movie protagonists, dim-bulbs who discover an Invasion of the Body Snatchers-style conspiracy involving sharp-suited corporate robots. But guest star Dan O'Herlihy steals the film as a Celtic joke tycoon ("the man who invented sticky toilet paper and the dead dwarf gag") who hates the way American kids are despoiling the religious spirit of Samhain and decides to teach them a nasty lesson. His scheme, which involves a stolen Stonehenge megalith ("sure, you'd never believe how we did it") and a techno-magic spell that turns the heads of TV watchers into writhing masses of snakes and insects, is value for money. O'Herlihy mixes enough serious malice into the charm to come across as a great screen baddie. On the DVD: Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a disappointment on disc. After letterboxed titles, this defaults to full frame throughout, severely cramping Dean Cundey's Panavision cinematography, and it's a grainy, indifferent print that ill-serves the performances or the atmospherics. However, the severe cuts to the gruesome scenes made to previous video releases (in order to preserve the theatrical 15 rating) seem to have been restored. With an extras-packed Halloween disc on the market, it's a shame the most interesting of the follow-ups rates such a flimsy release--with not so much as a trailer as an extra. --Kim Newman