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After Michael Myers died at the end of Halloween II (1981), the plan by John Carpenter was to make a new "Halloween" movie each year, each telling a different Halloween-related story. After this movie underperformed at the box office, the film-makers decided to bring Michael back to life for future sequels.
(at around 55 mins) The voice of the operator that Challis keeps getting when he tries to call out of Santa Mira is Jamie Lee Curtis.
The fluid coming out of the robots' mouths is orange juice.
(at around 1h 19 mins) It took over forty takes to get the shot when Tom Atkins throws the skull mask on the security camera.
Using the original molds, the skull, witch, and jack-o'-lantern masks seen in the film were mass-produced by Don Post Studios and sold in retail stores to promote the film's release.
A novelization of the film was published in 1982 by science-fiction writer Dennis Etchison under the pseudonym Jack Martin. Despite the film's commercial failure, the book became a best-seller and was even reissued two years after the film's release, in 1984.
The gas station seen in the film can also be seen in John Carpenter's The Fog (1980).
"London Bridges" was chosen as the Silver Shamrock jingle because it was in the public domain.
The voice of the announcer in the Silver Shamrock commercials and radio spots is that of the film's writer/director Tommy Lee Wallace.
(at around 28 mins) When Challis fills in the register at the motel office, he scans the list of names for evidence of Ellie's father's stay. All of the other names on the list are the names of the crew.
The original writer of the story was Nigel Kneale but he sued the producers to take his name off the movie after seeing how violent it was.
A milk factory was used for the setting of the Silver Shamrock factory.
Supposedly, part of the genesis of this film came from a comment made by film critic Rex Reed. Reed panned Halloween II (1981), saying it was so bad that, "If they make a Halloween III, I'll turn in my press card."
Dick Warlock, the stunt man who played Michael Myers in Halloween II (1981), is credited under 'assassin' in the credits.
Director Tommy Lee Wallace credits the concept of witchcraft in the computer age to producer Debra Hill.
The small town of Santa Mira was also the setting for Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).
The film's original director, Joe Dante, approached Nigel Kneale to write the film while Kneale was temporarily living in Hollywood writing the remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) for director John Landis that was never made due to budget cost. Dante wanted a new and different story than the two previous films in the series, so he suggested Kneale write a treatment around the word Halloween. The producers liked the idea, and after Joe Dante moved on to another project, producer John Carpenter's regular collaborator, Tommy Lee Wallace, came in as the new director. Kneale initially blamed the drastic changes to his script on executive producer Dino De Laurentiis not understanding his dialogue when it was translated to Italian. Kneale requested his writing screen credit be removed once his comical mystery screenplay was rewritten by an uncredited Carpenter, and then later Wallace (who received sole screen credit as writer), to include more gore and simplify the story.
Tom Atkins got pneumonia while acting in this film.
John Carpenter revealed in an interview with Gilles Boulenger (for the book John Carpenter: The Prince of Darkness) that the original director for Halloween III: Season of the Witch was Joe Dante.
Almost all of the actors who play Cochran's robot henchmen were found through extras casting. Moreover, Tommy Lee Wallace originally wanted to cast all redheads as Cochran's flunkies.
(at around 42 mins) Garn Stephens refused to wear the prosthetic mask during the misfire scene. So a body double was used to complete the scene.
The tagline "The night nobody comes home" is a play on the original Halloween movie's tagline, "The night HE came home."
The original Halloween (1978) film can be seen twice playing on two TVs during the film, however when it's shown in the holding cell that Daniel is in, the footage was not in the original cut.
Debra Hill suggested Tom Atkins for the role of Dr. Daniel Challis.
(at around 41 mins) The music playing on the radio when Marge Guttman notices the tag on the floor was also played in John Carpenter's The Fog (1980).
Stacey Nelkin was hired on the spot after she read for the role of Ellie Grimbridge.
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In an interview with the Pittsburgh Press newspaper shortly before the film's release, Tom Atkins told the hometown publication that he didn't know how the movie was going to end because they "shot a couple of different endings".
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Tom Atkins and Garn Stephens (who played Marge Guttman) were husband and wife at the time.
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(at around 21 mins) Michael Myers does appear briefly in this film, on a television advertising the original Halloween (1978). It comes near the beginning when Dan Challis is drinking in a bar.
Nancy Kyes, who played Challis' ex-wife in the movie, was expecting her first child with the film's director (husband Tommy Lee Wallace) during filming.
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(at around 1h 8 mins) When Cochran tells one his humanoids to roll the Silver Shamrock commercial for the Kupfers while they are being held in Test Room A, he presses the numbers 666.
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During a reunion panel for the cast and crew of the movie in the Summer of 2015, Tom Atkins and Stacey Nelkin confirmed that the bedroom scene was one of the very first things that they shot together. Both found it humorous because Nelkin had been quickly cast as Ellie Grimbridge due to time restraints on the studio's part and the two had barely gotten acquainted beforehand.
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The Silver Shamrock theme was played a total of 14 times in the movie: four times at the gas station, once at Linda Challis' home; once at the hospital, once in the bar, twice on the television screens in the shop window, twice on the radio, once in the motel office, once in test room A, and once in the final admittance area.
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From conception to completion, it took visual effects designer John C. Wash between three to four weeks to create the background for the movie's opening title. He went to USC with Tommy Lee Wallace and John Carpenter, and would go on to do work in the films The Thing (1982) and Escape from New York (1981) for the latter.
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(at around 1h 16 mins) When Cochran talks to Daniel in the holding cell, he mentions the ancient Irish holiday, Samhain. The sacrifices referred to by Daniel are references to the Pagan tradition rituals that were developed in the early stages of the ancient holiday. Cochran says he based his plan on the ancient holiday of Samhain. Many of the customs associated with the Halloween holiday have their roots in Samhain.
"Season of the Witch" was the original working title of Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973). "Season Of The Witch" is also the name of a song by Donovan and an alternative name for the George A. Romero film Hungry Wives (1972). Also the name of a Nicolas Cage movie: Season of the Witch (2011).
(at around 21 mins) You can hear the voice of Essex Smith, the actor who plays gas station attendant Walter, as the play-by-play commentator of the baseball game Challis is watching in the bar when Ellie finds him.
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A Silver Shamrock jack-o-lantern mask with a silver clover decal on the back can be seen in a 1984 episode of the series Knight Rider (1982) (Knight Rider: Halloween Knight (1984)). Halloween III: Season of the Witch and Knight Rider were both distributed by Universal Studios.
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Dr. Challis was watching the original 1978 Halloween movie on channel 42, which is designated as a UHF station.
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(at around 7 mins) At the beginning of the film the Silver Shamrock masks are introduced as the "Big Halloween 3"- an obvious play on the movie's title.
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Harry Grimbridge's room number was 13, the unlucky number.
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(at around 24 mins) The plaza where Challis called his ex-wife on the pay phone to shirk his parental responsibilities was also featured in Halloween II (1981) when Darcy is trying to get Karen to keep her promise of taking her home.
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(at around 1h 13 mins) The "car part" that arouses Teddy's suspicions is a bicycle bell.
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(at around 31 mins) Jamie Lee Curtis provides the voice over the intercom, informing Santa Mira residents of the curfew.
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(at around 29 mins) When the Kupfers' RV pulls into the motel, the song playing on the radio is "Do The Boogaloo" performed by Quango and Sparky.
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The film takes from October 23 to October 31, 1982.
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(at around 8 mins) When Walter (the gas station attendant) is looking over the rain after the power went out and he hears loud noises, the calendar on the wall is displayed on October 1982. The film was released in North American theaters on the 22nd of that period.
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A similar version of Cochran's humanoids can also be seen in Fright Night (1985).
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Ellie's car is a 1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme.
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The days and dates portrayed in the film are chronologically accurate.
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The building that posed as The Dublin Inn no longer exists due to a fire in the 1980s.
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The "Big Halloween Three"- the Silver Shamrock masks that are ceaselessly advertised in the movie- consisted of two altered masks that were already in the Don Post Studios' repertoire (the skull and the witch) and one made exclusively for the film (the jack-o'-lantern). The company was sold to Pennsylvania-based business Paper Magic Group, Inc. just before they were planning on re-releasing the masks to the public during the 2012 Halloween season. However, the rights were bought by California-based company Trick or Treat Studios and replicas of the original have been available to the public since 2014.
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Executive producer Irwin Yablans was against not using Michael Myers in this sequel. He has said in interviews he had little to do with the finished film, and basically received credit for his minor involvement. He also said he did receive a "fat cheque" for his trouble.
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(at around 35 mins) Starker's last meal before dying was a sandwich made from spray-can cheese and white bread.
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(at around 24 mins) Challis' beverage of choice for the ride with Ellie to Santa Mira was a six-pack of Miller High Life.
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The Rose of Shannon motel has seven rooms. Marge Guttman was situated in number 5, next to Challis and Ellie in room 6.
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In the Rose of Shannon motel registry, Harry Grimbridge noted the location of his shop as an address in Sierra Madre. The bar that Ellie finds Challis in and the shop with the televisions in the window were located there in real life.
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(at around 26 mins) The Shamrock Savings Bank that Ellie and Challis respectively drives and walks past in the movie was (and still is) indeed a bank, the institution fittingly named after the town where the scenes were shot: Loleta, California.
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In Spain was released in cinemas later 34 years, only in Barcelona (Phenomena). The film was projected for 1 day in subtitled version.
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(at around 1h 22 mins) The phone number for Dr. Challis' ex-wife is 662-5418. He dials the digits from the unrestricted telephone in the Silver Shamrock storeroom after his escape.
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The California license plate number to Ellie's car is 1BLI269.
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When Walter (the gas station attendant), Bella & Willie Challis, and the Kupfers watch TV in the movie they watch channels 1, 3, and 7 respectively.
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(at around 25 mins) The farmer that Ellie and Challis passes on the way to Santa Mira was wearing a John Deere hat. Deere was an inventor who used his blacksmithing skills to create commercially successful agricultural machinery still in present use.
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Based on Challis' ingenious attack on Cochran's henchmen in the final admittance area it can be determined that the Stonehenge-implanted trademark chips, combined with the Magic Pumpkin, does not have the same effect on robots. Little Buddy Kupfer's head became a deadly mass of insects and snakes- the robots were stunned and deactivated.
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(at around 18 mins) The man who attributed Harry Grimbridge's attack to "some crazy man" on drugs was Sheriff Dunsmur.
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One of the cars that Harry Grimbridge pinned his attacker between at the beginning of the movie was a Chevrolet El Camino. The car was produced until five years after the film's release.
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The ONLY time in the film that the Rose of Shannon motel office light goes off is when Challis enters the premises to contact the authorities after the factory tour- possibly a visual cue for the suited men to kidnap Ellie. When he leaves the office, the light is on again.
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The Kupfers' day and time of death: Halloween Sunday, October 31, 1982 at 8:11AM Pacific Time.
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Cameo 

Nancy Kyes: Dr. Challis' ex-wife and mother of his two children. Kyes (aka 'Nancy Loomis') played Annie Brackett in Halloween (1978) and briefly in Halloween II (1981).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Body count: 9.
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at around 1h 30 mins) A special platform was built for the scene that shows the robot Ellie Grimbridge's head poking out of the ground next to her body. The scene was done by having Stacey Nelkin stick her head through a hole in the platform while a body double wearing Ellie's clothes stuck her head down another hole on the platform.
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The book that Marge Guttman is reading before her death in the motel room is "The Eagle's Gift" by Carlos Castaneda.
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Marge Guttman's body was not discovered for almost four hours after the misfire. When Challis and Ellie are lying in bed just prior to Marge's tampering of the chip behind the company trademark, the analog clock face says 10:10. When they are awakened later by the sound of the factory vehicles driving up to the motel, the clock says 1:50.
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Harry Grimbridge was killed on October 23, 1982; Starker was killed and Marge Guttman died on October 29, 1982; the Kupfers and Teddy were killed on Halloween itself- Ellie is presumed the same.
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