Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  22 October 1982 (USA)
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Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Currie ...
Ralph Strait ...
Jadeen Barbor ...
Brad Schacter ...
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Al Berry ...
Wendy Wessberg ...
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An apparent murder-suicide in a hospital emergency room leads to an investigation by the on-call doctor, which reveals a plot by an insane toymaker to kill as many people as possible during Halloween through an ancient Celtic ritual involving a stolen boulder from Stonehenge and Halloween masks. Written by MuzikJunky

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The night no one comes home. See more »


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22 October 1982 (USA)  »

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Season of the Witch  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)


$14,400,000 (USA)

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2.39: 1
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From conception to completion, it took visual effects designer John Wash between three to four weeks to create the background for the movie's opening title. He went to USC with Tommy Lee Wallace and John Carpenter, and would go on to do work in the films The Thing and Escape From New York for the latter. See more »


The actor on the far left playing one of the five robots that begins to pursue Challis after Ellie's disappearance has a delayed reaction and stumbles sideways as everyone else steps forward. See more »


Daniel Challis: I saw something that night... I don't know, your father came into the hospital. He- I thought he was crazy, out of his mind. He's hanging onto a Halloween mask, he wouldn't let it go... And what he said was, "They're gonna kill us all". And in a little while he was dead. And I don't know what the hell is going on!
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Referenced in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) See more »


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I don't care what anybody says, I liked it!
29 October 2003 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

Boy, this poor film has gotten all but burned at the stake (pun intended) here. I first saw Season of the Witch when it came on cable in the early 80s when I was maybe 12 and it scared me as much as the other Halloween films (just two at the time). Though I was somewhat perplexed that it didn't have Sinjoro Myers. But even at age 12, I was more intrigued by this change then outraged.

I still watch it when it comes on and though it hasn't aged well overall, the scene where the family is tested on is still one of the most horrific moments in film history and makes Donal Cochran one of the most dispicable villians EVER!

I love the idea that Carpenter wanted to do a different story for each one and I think it's a shame people hated this one so much that such an inspired idea was pulverized by ecomonic realities.

A lot of people complain about how stagnant the imagination of Hollywood is, but I think all these outraged comments here I've seen show that those people are actually a minority. Most people see nothing wrong with creative bankruptcy. So I guess we can look forward to a 5th (or is it 6th now) film with a guy in a Shatner mask eviscerating horny teens. I'd be happier though if they at least stuck a different mask on him. Maybe one from Silver Shamrock?:) God forbid! That's different!

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