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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Daniel Challis
... Ellie Grimbridge
... Conal Cochran
Michael Currie ... Rafferty
Ralph Strait ... Buddy Kupfer
Jadeen Barbor ... Betty Kupfer
... Little Buddy (as Bradley Schachter)
Garn Stephens ... Marge
... Linda Challis
... Starker (as Jon Terry)
... Harry Grimbridge
Wendy Wessberg ... Teddy
Essex Smith ... Walter Jones
... Nurse Agnes
John MacBride ... Sheriff
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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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Witchcraft enters the computer age, and a different terror begins. See more »

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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22 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Season of the Witch  »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,333,259, 24 October 1982

Gross USA:

$14,400,000
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2.35 : 1
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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. See more »

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(at around 43 mins) When Challis and Ellie are awakened in the middle of the night by the sound of the vehicles pulling up to the motel, they go to investigate. Challis had only done one button on his shirt, his belt was unbuckled and his shirt was untucked. They immediately reach the commotion and Challis' shirt is buttoned to the collar, tucked into his pants neatly and his belt is buckled. See more »

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Conal Cochran: It's time again. In the end, we don't decide these things you know, the planets do. They're in alignment and it's time again. The world's going to change tonight, Doctor. I'm glad you'll be able to watch it.
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Referenced in Broadway Danny Rose (1984) See more »

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Another Underrated Movie Due to its Name
7 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I never have been a fan of the "Halloween" series. Not to say that I don't like slasher films, but Michael Myers just never did anything for me. I would rather watch a "Friday the 13th" film any day over this series. "Halloween 3: Season of the Witch" is the only movie from the series that I just didn't enjoy, but is actually one of my all time favorite horror films. Partially, because Michael Myers isn't in this film. Now, I am sure that people are going to hate my opinion on this, but I really don't care. I believe the only reason why this movie is so underrated and has such a low score on IMDb is because it doesn't have Michael Myers in it. If this movie had dropped the "Halloween" title and stuck with "Season of the Witch" or "The Last Halloween" I think this movie would have much more respect.

This movie has many things on its side. The storyline is one of the darkest I have ever seen about a company named "Silver Shamrock" selling Halloween masks. All through the movie television adds build up to a big "Give Away" on TV on Halloween night. Tom Atkins plays a doctor named Dan who suspects the "Silver Shamrock" company after a man is murdered in his hospital. The mans daughter and Dan take a trip to the town where the factory resides and find out much more then they could have bargained for.

As I said, this movie has many things going for it. A few great actors including Tom Atkins and Dan O'Herlihy do wonderful jobs. Especially O'herlihy, playing the part of the villain and one of the most evil characters ever created.

The music was great also. Performed by John Carpenter, of course. The music brings a great deal of atmosphere to the movie making you feel a sense of dread through and throughout. But, this is a great part of any of the "Halloween" movies. Like them or not, most of them have a good soundtrack.

And of course, the ending to the movie is one of the best/worst endings ever, in my opinion. Hollywood wouldn't dare have a movie end as bleak as this movie did today.

Well, you don't have to listen to me. But, I thought this was a great movie and I wish that it was never named "Halloween III". A bad decision, an excellent horror movie. 9/10


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