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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.
The fluid coming out of the robots' mouths is orange juice.
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).
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.
Tom Atkins got pneumonia while acting in this film.
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.
"London Bridges" was chosen as the Silver Shamrock jingle because it was in the public domain.
The small town of Santa Mira was also the setting for Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).
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.
The voice of the announcer in the Silver Shamrock commercials and radio spots is that of the film's writer/director Tommy Lee Wallace.
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.
Dick Warlock, the stunt man who played Michael Myers in Halloween II (1981), is credited under 'assassin' in the credits.
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."
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Garn Stephens refused to wear the prosthetic mask during the misfire scene. So a body double was used to complete the scene.
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Director Tommy Lee Wallace credits the concept of witchcraft in the computer age to producer Debra Hill.
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The tagline "The night nobody comes home" is a play on the original Halloween movie's tagline, "The night HE came home."
'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'.
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Debra Hill suggested Tom Atkins for the role of Dr. Daniel Challis.
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Stacey Nelkin was hired on the spot after she read for the role of Ellie Grimbridge.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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Harry Grimbridge's room number was 13, the unlucky number.
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"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).
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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.
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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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When the Kupfer's 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 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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Ellie's car is a 1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme.
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A similar version of Cochran's humanoids can also be seen in Fright Night (1985).
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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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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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The film takes from October 23 to October 31, 1982.
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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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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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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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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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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Body count: 9.
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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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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 Silver Shamrock 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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