Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) Poster


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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.
The voice of the operator that Challis keeps getting when he tries to call out of Santa Mira is Jamie Lee Curtis.
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.
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.
The small town of Santa Mira was also the setting for Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).
The fluid coming out of the robots' mouths is orange juice.
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.
It took over forty takes to get the shot when Tom Atkins throws the skull mask on the security camera.
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.
The tagline "The night nobody comes home" is a play on the original Halloween movie's tagline, "The night HE came home."
The voice of the announcer in the Silver Shamrock commercials and radio spots is that of the film's writer/director Tommy Lee Wallace.
Garn Stephens refused to wear the prosthetic mask during the misfire scene. So a body double was used to complete the scene.
The gas station seen in the film can also be seen in John Carpenter's The Fog (1980).
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.
"London Bridges" was chosen as the Silver Shamrock jingle because it was in the public domain.
A milk factory was used for the setting of the Silver Shamrock factory.
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.
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."
'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'.
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.
"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).
Harry Grimbridge's room number was 13, the unlucky number.
Tom Atkins got pneumonia while acting in this film.
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).
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 Pagen tradition rituals that were developed in the early stages of the ancient holiday.
The book that Marge Guttman is reading before her death in the motel room is "The Eagle's Gift" by Carlos Castaneda.
Cochran says he based his plan on the ancient holiday of Samhain. In 'Halloween II (1981)', Michael Myers breaks into a school and scrawls the word 'Samhain' on a classroom wall.
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.
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.
When the Kupfer's RV pulls into the motel, the song playing on the radio is "Do The Boogaloo" performed by Quango and Sparky.
Debra Hill suggested Tom Atkins for the role of Dr. Daniel Challis.
Stacey Nelkin was hired on the spot after she read for the role of Ellie Grimbridge.
A similar version of Cochran's humanoids can also be seen in Fright Night (1985).
Ellie's car is a 1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme.
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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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Body count: 9.
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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