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Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) Poster

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After Dan hangs up the phone with his ex-wife in the start of the movie the police officer uses the phone and if you listen carefully you can hear "if you need help hang up and dial your operator," and it still happens as the officer dials.
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Character error 

The factory worker tells Ellie that he loaded her father's order into a green station wagon, but when we see the car later, it's blue.
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Continuity 

Towards the end of the movie, Challis's shirt goes from untucked to tucked several times between shots.
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When Dan is peering through the ventilation grate at the control room, we see Cochran hanging up the phone. In the next shot (close-up) Cochran still hasn't put the phone down.
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When Dr. Challis throws the skeleton mask up onto the security camera, it turns around between shots.
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Ellie and Rafferty stand outside the hotel while Dan goes to check in. The sunlight is seen brightly shining on the windows of the hotel as Rafferty draws attention to Mr. Cochran's car. The scene cuts to an interior shot of Rafferty and Ellie as seen from Mr.Cochran's point of view inside the car. Looking at the windows of the hotel it's obvious the sun is at a different position from where it was just a moment before and the light of day has faded.
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When Harry Grimbridge startles the gas station attendant by grabbing him from behind Harry's hair, face and neck are soaked by the continuing rainstorm. Somehow his hands, clothes, and the Silver Shamrock mask he is clutching are completely dry.
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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.
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When Little Buddy and his family are being murdered by the use of Little Buddy's Pumpkin mask, the Silver Shamrock tag on the back of the mask disappears and reappears several times.
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As Ellie Grimbridge meets and talks to Marge Guttman outside the motel: Ellie's jacket is open. In the following shot when Marge shows Ellie the displaced Silver Shamrock trademark, her jacket is nearly closed. Yet, in the next shot, Ellie's jacket is once again open.
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When Cochran gives Challis a demonstration of the Halloween mask on the Kupfers while they are in test room A, the closed circuit TV behind them in the final processing area shows Betty walking to the couch and resting her purse on the end while Little Buddy is pacing the room. in the next shot inside the room, she is already sitting on the couch and has one of the fake pieces of fruit in her hand. On the closed circuit TV, Betty leans into Buddy Sr. as the special Silver Shamrock commercial starts. When the next scene cuts into the test room, Betty is resting her chin in her hand and the shot plays out seconds later. As little Buddy is bent over the TV staring at the "Magic Pumpkin" with the mask on, Betty mentions how everything "is a big joke". When the scene cuts back to Cochran, Challis and the robot humanoids again, the closed circuit TV shows little Buddy standing up straight with the mask in his hands.
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When Dr. Challis and Ellie initially check into the Rose of Shannon motel, the signs displaying the room numbers are a deep red. After taking a tour of the Silver Shamrock factory the next morning and deciding that they should depart to find some help, Challis goes to the motel office to use the telephone. On the way out he leaves their door ajar and the room number, 6, is now prominently displayed on a faded pink sign. On the way to the office and returning to the room, all the signs are deep red again.
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(at around 57 mins) Dan uses a pay phone inside a phone booth. The bright orange label at the top of the pay phone changes completely from one shot to the next, indicating that two separate phone booths were used for that scene.
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The Silver Shamrock commercial halfway through the film says that it's two more days to Halloween. But the next night as Challis and Ellie are lying in bed, he hears the commercial say there are three more days to Halloween.
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As panoramic views of the liquor store, the Rose of Shannon motel and the Silver Shamrock factory are shown, the current time in the movie is shown as 7:30PM. When the next scene immediately cuts to Cochran looking over a chair-bound Dr. Challis, the time on the digital clock above the door says 7:46.
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After Dr. Challis checks into the motel, almost gets hit by Little Buddy Kupfer's bicycle and narrowly ran over by Marge Guttman's car, he enters the room and tells Ellie the "place is a zoo". Although it was bright and sunny outside immediately before, when he enters it's pitch dark behind him.
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Dr. Challis visits his children at his ex-wife's house with surprises for them in brown paper bags. His children take the bags, step aside, and you can see his daughter swiftly push her hand in and pull a mask out. In the next shot, the bags are still rolled up and she quickly puts her hand in and pulls the mask out again.
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When Dr. Challis and Ellie arrive in Santa Mira, they drive by the glaring townspeople and make a u-turn near the church. Parked on the left side of the street are three cars. When Dr. Challis and Ellie stop on the next corner by the factory, there is only one car parked in the distance.
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Dr. Challis and Ellie begin their travels to Santa Mira. As Challis reads aloud about the small town, the car goes down a road and makes a right turn. There is no one in the passenger seat beside Ellie. When they approach the town sign after, Challis is now visible in the previously empty seat.
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After the physical altercation with Cochran's robots and his diversions in nearby bushes to rescue Ellie after she was accosted, Dr. Challis' jacket becomes soiled- especially the back as seen in the elevator when Cochran takes him to the final processing area. After he escapes the holding cell, his jacket is clean and spotless up until he finds the gas station- then his jacket is dirty again.
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After being startled by Starker and complying to his request to have a drink from his bottle of alcohol Challis wipes the opening using his handkerchief with one hand, takes a swig himself with the other hand, and winces from the liquor. As Starker talks about Conal Cochran you can suddenly see the silhouette of a cigarette in Challis' mouth then shortly thereafter hear the flick of a lighter and see him light the cigarette.
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As Dr. Challis is confined to a chair in a small room, Cochran gives a lengthy speech explaining the reason for his sinister plans. Before he exits Cochran proceeds to put one of the masks on Challis' head and as he turns on a TV for him in anticipation of "The Big Giveaway", the digital clock above the door states the time as 7:47. 29 seconds after that Challis looks over at the clock and it now 7:49. He spends the next 10 seconds trying to shuffle to the TV and when he looks at the clock again, it is now 7:50.
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Errors in geography 

When the children are seen from different cities buying or wearing the Silver Shamrock Halloween masks the child on the bicycle in Omaha, Nebraska passes by a business called "Landis Dept. Store". It was a general store actually located in Los Angeles, California that closed its doors eight years after the movie was released.
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Factual errors 

When Challis calls his ex-wife from the hospital on Saturday, October 23rd he dials eight numbers.
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When the process of making masks is explained. It is said that the latex is heated and poured. If they are using liquid latex to make the masks then no heating is necessary. If they are making foamed latex (although the masks just seemed to be regular latex) then baking would be used once the foamed latex is poured but not before.
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There are obvious timezone errors when they label the different cities. Ohio and New York (Eastern) still have daylight, while Washington and Arizona (Pacific/Mountain) are already into the night.
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Plot holes 

In what appears to be at least an hour or so after curfew is put in effect, Challis goes to a liquor store. Even if he didn't know about the curfew, it is not explained why the liquor store would still be open.
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Just like on October 29th when Challis and Ellie initially booked a room at the Rose of Shannon Motel in Santa Mira, on 7:30PM Halloween night the liquor store in town is still open past the 6PM curfew.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Dr. Challis calls his ex-wife on Friday the 29th to tell her that he can't pick up the kids the next day to spend time with him, he promises to take them trick-or-treating instead. He also says he'll call her Monday morning- but Halloween falls in two days, a Sunday.
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Shortly after the suited man enters his car, douses himself with gasoline and strikes a lighter, you can see a dummy in the driver's seat before the vehicle explodes.
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Dr, Challis and some bystanders draw closer to the spot where the suited stranger and his car went up in flames. Talking among themselves you can hear one of them say, "Somebody call an ambulance"- but this all takes place in front of a hospital.
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Teddy, the coroner's assistant, finishes writing down the number for the Rose of Shannon motel from the phone operator before he provides her with all the digits.
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When Ellie takes Dr. Challis to her father's shop and discusses his record keeping the days before his death, the mask that he was clutching that fateful night is displayed in his store as "Silver Shamrock Novelties Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Masks". They are also advertised similarly in the commercial airing at the gas station in the beginning of the film. On Halloween the children from all over the country are shown trick-or-treating and although dusk has already fallen on the children in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Phoenix, the masks do not glow whatsoever.
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