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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Wendy Wessberg used to say to her husband, 'I think this could be called Wendy's Halloween III,' because they kept injuring me," she laughs. "The extra with the drill caught my hair so it didn't actually go in my ear so the director freaked, and they called it for a day. Of course, in the movie business, if they hold you for a certain amount of time, they have to pay you. So, the job got held for lots of different things. That and then something happened with Tom Atkins. He couldn't show up or something. I don't remember what. But for me, as a young actress starting out, it was a really good deal because I think it paid my health insurance for two years." "[Director] Tommy [Lee Wallace] ended up having to be the killer in my scene because he didn't trust any of the stuntmen because they had hurt me the day before. So, he straddled and killed me. That much, I dealt with him. He didn't hurt me! He was fine. I don't think I could pick him up out of a line-up, though." See more »


When Ellie leaves the motel office in hand with a bottle of Coca-Cola her car is still parked in front of the motel room assigned to them by Rafferty, interestingly with a cat crawling out from under the vehicle at the same time. However, when Ellie draws closer to the room and Marge Guttman accidentally honks her car horn and startles her the red car is no longer present on the premises. Also, since Marge's room is closer to the office than Ellie and Challis', both vehicles should've also been visible when Ellie was walking back. Lastly, the Kupfers' RV is nowhere to be found although they parked out front as well. See more »


Curfew Announcer: It's six o'clock. It's six o'clock... Curfew. Curfew... All residents of Santa Mira please clear the streets. Curfew is now in effect. Please confine your activites to your own home... Thank you... Have a plesant evening.
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Alternate Versions

AMC TV version makes the following changes: Walter Jones' line of "I swear to God" is changed to "I swear to you" when he brought Harry to Dan Chaliss's hospital; When Buddy Kupfer tells Dan about Conal Cochran, his line of "sticky toilet paper" is changed to "sticky dwarf toys"; The murders of Harry Grimbridge, Starker and Marge aren't as graphic; Marge's line of "screwed up" is changed to "messed up"; other obscenities are cut as well as the scene where Dan calls Teddy on the morning of the 30th. See more »


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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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