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Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

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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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Brad Schacter ...
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Garn Stephens ...
Nancy Kyes ...
Starker (as Jon Terry)
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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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Witchcraft enters the computer age, and a different terror begins. See more »


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Release Date:

22 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Season of the Witch  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)


$14,400,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


(at around 26 mins) The Shamrock Savings Bank that Ellie and Challis respectively drives and walks past in the movie was (and still is) indeed a bank, the institution fittingly named after the town where the scenes were shot: Loleta, California. See more »


Challis is caught in the factory and struggles with the suited man who attacks him, getting the upper hand and managing to punch through his stomach. When Challis pulls the wiring out of his torso, the man's jacket is buttoned. In the next shot when the orange fluid trickles out of his mouth, his jacket is unbuttoned. See more »


Conal Cochran: [Shows Dan a body beneath a sheet] Your friend Ms Guttman...
Daniel Challis: You killed her!
Conal Cochran: Oh no, no, no! Ms Guttman was the victim of a misfire. The others...
[Checks his watch]
Conal Cochran: You know what you really need to see is a demonstration and there's one coming right up.
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Time Goes By
Performed by Madeline Bell
Written by Alan Parker
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Another Underrated Movie Due to its Name
7 September 2006 | by (Sleesburg, VA.) – See all my reviews

I never have been a fan of the "Halloween" series. Not to say that I don't like slasher films, but Michael Myers just never did anything for me. I would rather watch a "Friday the 13th" film any day over this series. "Halloween 3: Season of the Witch" is the only movie from the series that I just didn't enjoy, but is actually one of my all time favorite horror films. Partially, because Michael Myers isn't in this film. Now, I am sure that people are going to hate my opinion on this, but I really don't care. I believe the only reason why this movie is so underrated and has such a low score on IMDb is because it doesn't have Michael Myers in it. If this movie had dropped the "Halloween" title and stuck with "Season of the Witch" or "The Last Halloween" I think this movie would have much more respect.

This movie has many things on its side. The storyline is one of the darkest I have ever seen about a company named "Silver Shamrock" selling Halloween masks. All through the movie television adds build up to a big "Give Away" on TV on Halloween night. Tom Atkins plays a doctor named Dan who suspects the "Silver Shamrock" company after a man is murdered in his hospital. The mans daughter and Dan take a trip to the town where the factory resides and find out much more then they could have bargained for.

As I said, this movie has many things going for it. A few great actors including Tom Atkins and Dan O'Herlihy do wonderful jobs. Especially O'herlihy, playing the part of the villain and one of the most evil characters ever created.

The music was great also. Performed by John Carpenter, of course. The music brings a great deal of atmosphere to the movie making you feel a sense of dread through and throughout. But, this is a great part of any of the "Halloween" movies. Like them or not, most of them have a good soundtrack.

And of course, the ending to the movie is one of the best/worst endings ever, in my opinion. Hollywood wouldn't dare have a movie end as bleak as this movie did today.

Well, you don't have to listen to me. But, I thought this was a great movie and I wish that it was never named "Halloween III". A bad decision, an excellent horror movie. 9/10

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