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Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

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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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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22 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Season of the Witch  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$14,400,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Atkins and Garn Stephens (who played Marge Guttman) were husband and wife at the time. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 10 mins) During the "test" on "Little" Buddy, after the family has all been killed the camera switches angles from an in room shot to a monitor shot. In these shots it's clear "Little" Buddy's legs have changed their position several times. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Challis: How you been?
Teddy: Okay. You?
Daniel Challis: Okay.
Teddy: Sierra Mesa still making you drink your ass off?
Daniel Challis: Oh yeah!
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References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »

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Do The Boogaloo
Performed by Quango & Sparky
Written by Gerhard Narholz & Jean-Claude Madonne (as Jean Claude Madone)
c/o Sonoton Music Inc
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Strange and slightly fascinating
27 December 2004 | by (Aarhus, Denmark) – See all my reviews

I like "Halloween III". Some people consider it to be one of those "so bad it's good" kind of films, but they're wrong. It's competently made and much better than the "Halloween" films that appeared after it. As sequels go it's pretty strange, though. For starters, Michael Myers is nowhere in sight. This second sequel has nothing to do with the two previous films in the series (personally I couldn't care less about that) and the plot is downright weird. What's strange about it is that there's very little symbolism at stake - something which is rare in occult horror films. Normally, filmmakers seem to feel that they need some sort of psychological excuse to show us unrealistic horror. Not so in "Halloween III". We never get to know the main characters and get only the most superficial impression of their personalities. The sinister goings-on in the film have nothing to do with the personal traumas of the protagonist - he's just there because he has to be, in order for the plot to move on. In this sense, the film is refreshingly "naive". The atmosphere or tone of the film is why I like it. It has that "midnight movie" feel, mainly - I think - because of the soundtrack. Music is rarely used, but always effectively like in John Carpenters "The Thing" (1982). And there are some almost surreal images thrown in along the way, like the one where snakes surprisingly appear from within the pumpkinhead.


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