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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Harry Grimbridge's station wagon is a 1971 Ford Country Sedan. See more »


(at around 17 mins) After Dan hangs up the phone with his ex-wife in the start of the movie the police officer uses the phone and if you listen carefully you can hear "if you need help hang up and dial your operator," and it still happens as the officer dials. See more »


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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Alternate Versions

The Spanish version has some added scenes and others deleted. The added scenes include: When Dan Chaliss's kids are watching the Silver Shamrock commercial and Linda says "Turn that down", here we don't hear her voice over, there's a shot of her saying it. When the Kupfers are being murdered and bugs galore are coming out of Little Buddy's head, the Spanish version doesn't show the snakes, just continuous bugs so it doesn't show Buddy getting bitten by a rattlesnake. The scene right before Buddy Kupfer drops dead, there's an added scene of him through the surveillance camera reaching for help before he dies. At the beginning when the assassin droid is strangling Harry Grimbridge at a used car lot and Harry causes another car to crunch the assassin, well when it happens, it doesn't make that 'Eeeeeeee' sound it did in the regular version, instead there's the crush sound and the assassin keeling back. See more »


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Strange but fun horror movie
21 January 2011 | by Mlinville817See all my reviews

Halloween III is a strange film. It's completely different than the first two and has a weird story with some big plot holes.

Dr. Dan Challis treats a scared old man who's holding a Halloween mask and saying crazy things. The mask is no ordinary mask; it's a Silver Shamrock mask that's the number one best selling Mask Company. Then that night a mysterious man kills the old man then blows himself up in his car. The old mans daughter Ellie (Stacy Nelkin) arrives And she and Dan go to Santa Mira, home of Silver Shamrock to uncover what happened. They then meet Conal Cochran, the owner of the mask company. They find out he's planning to kill all the kids of America during a giveaway Halloween night by using the masks. So Dan and Ellie try to stop him before they're too late.

Now why would Cochran want to kill all the kids of America? I don't know. That's the big plot hole in the move. It's never explained and is just weird.

Besides that this is a decent horror flick. No it isn't perfect but it kept me interested and I am a fan of the Halloween series. I like the performances. Dan O'Heary is perfectly cast as Conal Cochran and is very creepy. Tom Atkins does a pretty good job as the hero and Stacy Nelkin is pretty good.

John Carpenter produces again while Tommy Lee Wallace (the editor of the first Halloween) directs. Wallace does a good job. The way he described the movie is it's like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. And I do see what he means. It's not what you expect it has robots with yellow blood like substance and killer masks. The underground lab where Cochran works with is pretty cheesy. It consists of a few TV monitors on high-tech bookshelves. It also has a mockup of a stone from Stonehenge. I still have no idea what Stonehenge has to do with the movie in the first place.

In all a decent B movie with problems but is OK for a movie on a late Friday night when you have nothing to do.

2 1/2 stars (out of 4 stars)

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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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