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Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  22 October 1982 (USA)
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A large Halloween mask-making company has plans to kill millions of American children with something sinister hidden in Halloween masks.

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Alla helgons blodiga natt 3  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$14,400,000 (USA)
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Stacey Nelkin was hired on the spot after she read for the role of Ellie Grimbridge. See more »

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Daniel Challis: This place is a zoo.
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Daniel Challis: Whoa, slow down! It's getting late. I could use a drink! Let's take our time.
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Not A Great One, But Accomplishes Rule #1 For A Horror Film
13 June 2003 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

I've read almost all of the reviews here and honestly, I cannot argue with many of the negative points that are raised here. The movie DOES use the "Halloween" name while having only one tiny thread of connection to the Michael Myers movies that came before it and would come later (and that thread, involving a lab technician, can be charitably described as really lame). It is boring in stretches, the idea of Tom Atkins hooking up with Stacey Nelkin is pretty ridiculous, and the plot makes no sense if you think about it for more than 5 seconds.

But I don't hate this film. Why? That's very simple. The first rule of a horror film is to scare the viewer and HALLOWEEN III has scared the hell out of me every time I've seen it! It's hard to pinpoint why, exactly, but the atmosphere of the movie is a huge factor. This film is jammed with ominous synthesized music (very 80's touch), cold and sharp-looking camera work, and a feeling of overwhelming dread and fear. It's very hard to establish atmosphere in any movie or TV show; I was talking about this movie with my brother--who said that he didn't think it was scary at all--and I compared it to THE X-FILES. Both that show and this movie were able to quickly drag me into their bizarre and frightening worlds.

I don't think I could flat-out recommend a movie with this many huge problems, but I'd say it might scare the viewer, and that's not so bad considering how many abysmal horror movies do nothing else right and cannot get that deceptively simple task completed, either.


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