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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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Witchcraft enters the computer age, and a different terror begins. See more »

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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22 October 1982 (USA)  »

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Season of the Witch  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,333,259 (USA) (24 October 1982)

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$14,400,000 (USA)
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Tommy Lee Wallace in the documentary on the blu ray release says that 60 percent of the screenplay they filmed is the work of Nigel Kneale. He says that John Carpenter did a rewrite and that Carpenter was surprised that Wallace did additional rewriting himself - rather than just accept the draft he had done from Kneale's original script. See more »

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(at around 37 mins) When Marge Guttman and Ellie Grimbridge part ways in front of the motel, Marge walks to the front door of her room and pushes the key into the left side. From the camera's POV inside the room the door should've opened from the right- but the door opened left and Marge walked in. Also, when the men in white coats arrive at the motel to claim Marge's body, the first person to enter the room reaches for the knob on the right (and not the left as Marge had). See more »

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Starker: [about Cochran] He's probably listening. And if he is, I got one thing to say: it's the last Halloween for that lousy factory of his. Some pretty wild shit going on in there. I heard rumors.
Daniel Challis: Like what? What did you hear?
Starker: This year I'm gonna get me a case and a half of molitov cocktails and burn that son of a bitch right down!
[Staggers away]
Starker: Last Halloween for him. Last Halloween...
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Featured in At the Movies: Stinkers of 1982 (1983) See more »

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Performed by Madeline Bell
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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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