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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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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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...and now the earth will run with blood again! See more »

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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R | See all certifications »

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22 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Season of the Witch  »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$14,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

When Walter (the gas station attendant), Bella & Willie Challis, and the Kupfers watch TV in the movie they watch channels 1, 3, and 7 respectively. See more »

Goofs

When Rafferty checks Ellie into the motel their room offers a single window, on the left side from the outer vantage point. After Challis and Ellie get settled and later awaken in the middle of the night from the disturbance, the inside of the room shows that they have wide picture windows- many more than the single one previously seen. See more »

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[about Grimbridge's attacker]
Daniel Challis: I've seen lots of people on drugs. The man was in complete control. He looked like a businessman!
Teddy: Well, he had to be one strong businessman, I can tell you that. You don't just pull someone's skull apart without a little lower-arm strength, know what I mean?
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Referenced in Board James: Splat! (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Time Goes By
Performed by Madeline Bell
Written by Alan Parker
c/o Themes International Music
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An underrated film. Very moody and atmospheric. *** out of 5
21 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let's get some things straight...

The only real reason people seem to hate this film is because Michael Myers was absent.

For those who don't know, John Carpenter and crew decided since Michael Myers was dead at the end of HalloweeN II, there was no reason to continue on with his story. The decision was to go ahead with the series making each new installment a different story revolving around the Halloween season. Personally, I think this was a wise decision. But after everyone saw it they were screaming 'That wasn't a Halloween movie! Where was Michael?'. Obviously the majority of the audience would rather more Michael Myers rampages than creepy stories set around Halloween time.

Oh well, this movie gives a taste of where the series could have and should have went, before the disappointing HalloweeN 4.

Overall, the acting is top notch. Tom Atkins is a great actor. The soundtrack is one of my favorite John Carpenter scores ever. It has themes, but it's more about synthesized mood and pulsating rhythms. The cinematography by the great Dean Cundey is fabulous. And the entire feel of the film is very unsettling. The film literally freaks me out.

I recommend all of you that diss the film, to check it out once more. Keep an open mind. If this hadn't been a part of the HalloweeN series you would probably like it.

As for myself, I'm glad that this carries the HalloweeN title. Th rest of the films didn't pick up until HalloweeN H2O which is a very worthy entry.


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