Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.


Tommy Lee Wallace
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Atkins ... Daniel Challis
Stacey Nelkin ... Ellie Grimbridge
Dan O'Herlihy ... Conal Cochran
Michael Currie ... Rafferty
Ralph Strait Ralph Strait ... Buddy Kupfer
Jadeen Barbor Jadeen Barbor ... Betty Kupfer
Brad Schacter ... Little Buddy (as Bradley Schachter)
Garn Stephens Garn Stephens ... Marge
Nancy Kyes ... Linda Challis
Jonathan Terry ... Starker (as Jon Terry)
Al Berry ... Harry Grimbridge
Wendy Wessberg Wendy Wessberg ... Teddy
Essex Smith Essex Smith ... Walter Jones
Maidie Norman ... Nurse Agnes
John MacBride John MacBride ... Sheriff


After the death of her father under very suspicious circumstances, Ellie Grimbridge and Dr Daniel Challis decide to investigate the shady activities of Conal Cochran, the owner of the Silver Shamrock Novelties company. Before long, they discover Cochran's diabolical plot to brainwash the children of America into doing his bidding through a mixture of ancient rituals, technology, and witchcraft. This Halloween, wearing the mask of a skeleton, a witch, or a pumpkin can be deadly. Can Ellie and Daniel thwart the plans of the evil toy-maker? Written by Nick Riganas

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Witchcraft enters the computer age, and a different terror begins. See more »


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Did You Know?


In Spain the film wasn't projected in cinemas until 34 years later, only in a premiere in Barcelona (Phenomena) for 1 day in subtitled version. See more »


When the hospital assassin sets himself on fire, the shot of the exterior of his car before it explodes clearly shows the driver's-side doors have been removed and then balanced back in place to allow them to blow off easily. See more »


Commercial Announcer: It's almost time, kids. The clock is ticking. Be in front of your TV sets for the Horrorthon, followed by the Big Giveaway. Don't miss it. And don't forget to wear your masks. The clock is ticking. It's almost time.
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Alternate Versions

1998 Goodtimes DVD release omits several sound effects for some unknown reason, including the stinger when the assassin appears to watch Ellie and Challis enter the factory, and the dial tone when Challis and Teddy are on the phone to each other before the above scene. Additionally, when Walter Jones is in the hospital explaining how he first encountered Harry Grimbridge, an overhead page is heard stating "Miss Scott call admitting". This appears in the version that sporadically airs on Cinemax, but not on the 2001 Goodtimes release. See more »


Time Goes By
Written by Alan Parker
Performed by Madeline Bell
c/o Themes International Music
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What's the bloody point?!
7 November 2008 | by Nyx_SeleneSee all my reviews

I just finished (fast-forwarding) this horrible, horrible mountain of crap of a "movie", and a great congrats to everyone involved; apart from "Battlefield Earth", this is the only movie I've seen so far, bad enough to make me cry!

It's boring, ridiculous, amateurish, pointless... I could go on. What I can't do, is find a single redeeming feature. It's not even ridiculous in a comical sense. The first half hour felt like half a day, and then it got worse.

Just to be clear, after reading other comments: I don't care if Michael Myers is in the movie or not. Neither do I care whether this movie's name is "Halloween" or not. It sucks rocks whatever you want to call it. From the teeth-grittingly annoying commercial jingle to the crappy robots in the end, it's just... I don't think there's a word for it, but it's bad!

If you treasure your time, take warning, and stay away from it.

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Release Date:

22 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Season of the Witch See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,333,259, 24 October 1982

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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