Halloween III: Season of the Witch
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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Halloween III: Season of the Witch can be found here.

Kids all over America want heavily-advertized Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. When Harry Grimbridge (Al Berry) shows up in a northern California hospital, clutching one of the masks and screaming, "They are going to kill us!", and then is mysteriously murdered, Doctor Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins) takes note. Teaming up with Grimbridge's daughter Ellie (Stacey Nelkin), they uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran (Dan O'Herlihy) to kill as many people as possible on Halloween with a computer chip hidden in the trademarks on the Halloween masks.

Halloween 3 is the third movie in the Halloween series, started by American screenwriters John Carpenter and Debra Hill with Halloween (1978) and Halloween II (1981). It was followed by five more movies: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), Halloween 5 (1989), Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers(1995), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), and Halloween: Resurrection (2002). However, Halloween 3: Season of the Witch differs from the other movies in the series in that it is not part of the Michael Myers storyline. The screenplay for Halloween 3 was written initially by British screenwriter Nigel Kneale (uncredited) and then reworked by American screenwriter Tommy Lee Wallace.

No, although Myers is shown briefly in a television trailer promoting an airing of the original Halloween movie when Challis is in a bar and then again on a TV screen in a scene near the ending, and Dick Warlock, who played Michael in Halloween II, appears as one of Cochran's well-dressed guards.

8:26 PM. With less than 35 minutes left before "the big giveaway" is aired on television at 9 PM, Dan and Ellie escape from the Silver Shamrock factory and drive out of Santa Mira. 8:48 PM. Noticing that Ellie hasn't said a word since he rescued her from the table on which Cochran had her bound, Dan asks whether she's all right. Ellie suddenly turns on him, grabs his head, and attempts to strangle him, causing Dan to run off the road and hit a tree. Realizing that the Ellie he rescued was another of Cochran's androids, he attacks the Elliebot with a tire iron, ripping off its head and fighting off its mechanical arms until he can finally run off on foot. With less than five minutes to go, Dan finds a gas station and begs to use their phone. In the final scene, at 8:59 PM, Dan begs the TV station to take the commercial off the air or everyone watching it will die. "Say it's a bomb...say whatever you like!", he pleads desperately. "You've got to believe me!" In the station, two children wearing Silver Shamrock masks are watching the TV screen when a "Technical Difficulties...Please stand by" sign suddenly overrides the commercial. The children turn to another channel, and the same thing happens. They switch to yet another channel where the commercial is still running. "Take off the third channel," Dan begs. The flashing jack-o-lantern appears. "Stop it! Stop it! Stop it!", he continues to scream.

Halloween III does not fit with the Michael Myers plot. Halloween was actually intended to be an anthology series, with a different horror story for each film. After the first Halloween movie proved a huge success and Michael Myers became the next big thing in horror, the production team decided that they would do a continuation of his story with Halloween II, in which Myers was meant to have perished at the end. When Halloween III came out audiences hated Michael Myers being left out so, from that point on, Halloween became a series about Michael, beginning again with the aptly titled Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. Halloween 6; The Curse of Michael Myers however tries to establish a tentative link, featuring a pagan cultist called Mrs Blankinship. In this film the villain at one point refers to having an appointment with a Mrs Blankinship.

Both Sanctuary Digital Entertainment's UK DVD and Thorn EMI & Warner Home Video's VHS are cut. The UK VHS and DVD by MIA are uncut. In total, nearly two minutes are missing and a detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

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