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Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

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

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Tommy Lee Wallace
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Atkins ... Daniel Challis
Stacey Nelkin ... Ellie Grimbridge
Dan O'Herlihy ... Conal Cochran
Michael Currie 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
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Storyline

An apparent murder-suicide in a hospital emergency room leads to an investigation by the on-call doctor, which reveals a plot by an insane toymaker to kill as many people as possible during Halloween through an ancient Celtic ritual involving a stolen boulder from Stonehenge and Halloween masks. Written by MuzikJunky

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The Halloween horror continues. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Season of the Witch See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,333,259, 24 October 1982

Gross USA:

$14,400,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Atkins and Garn Stephens (who played Marge Guttman) were husband and wife at the time. See more »

Goofs

(at around 33 mins) 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. See more »

Quotes

Teddy: I'll see what I can do. No promises. I was always good at moonlighting, wasn't I?
Daniel Challis: Oh, the best. Hey do you still have that...?
Teddy: [laughs] Yes.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released uncut on video in Australia in the mid 80s by Thorn EMI; the recent DVD release by Infogrames features a cut version of the film. See more »

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Chariots of Pumpkins
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Just as bad as its reputation suggests
24 April 2002 | by shaun98See all my reviews

"Halloween III" is the worst of the series. Not because of Michael's absence, but because it's a major bore, plain and simple. There's the germ of a good idea: a mysterious death is linked to an evil warlock, who plots an elaborate scheme to return the holiday to its darker roots. The concept is intriguing, but the execution is silly at best and irritating at worst. Did they really have to keep showing that damned Shamrock commercial? Once or twice is enough as it is.

Generally speaking, the performances are stilted and wooden, especially from Tom Atkins. I suspect that merely reflects the actors' boredom; they don't seem to find the material any more exciting than the viewer. Dan O'Herlihy is the only one who seems to be enjoying himself. I wonder if he had second thoughts upon viewing the completed film.

Upon retrospect, it was probably unwise of John Carpenter to attempt to make the popular franchise an anthology series. Most people who pay to get in a movie with the "Halloween" name expect to see the masked Michael Myers. Therefore it is no surprise that audiences openly rebelled, and the third installment bombed at the box office. With the benefit of a full two decades between then and now, we can examine the situation dispassionately, and ask, "is "Halloween III" a good movie after all?" Sadly, the answer is a resounding "no!" It was awful back then, and time has not been kind to the film. Without the "Halloween" label, it would have quickly slid into obscurity.

* (out of ****)

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