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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

...and now the earth will run with blood again! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The "Big Halloween Three"- the Silver Shamrock masks that are ceaselessly advertised in the movie- consisted of two altered masks that were already in the Don Post Studios' repertoire (the skull and the witch) and one made exclusively for the film (the jack-o'-lantern). The company was sold to Pennsylvania-based business Paper Magic Group, Inc. just before they were planning on re-releasing the masks to the public during the 2012 Halloween season. However, the rights were bought by California-based company Trick or Treat Studios and replicas of the original have been available to the public since 2014. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 19 mins) When Dr. Challis throws the skeleton mask up onto the security camera, it turns around between shots. See more »

Quotes

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

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 »

Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Time Goes By
Written by Alan Parker
Performed by Madeline Bell
c/o Themes International Music
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The Black Sheep of the Halloween Franchise
31 October 2019 | by truemythmediaSee all my reviews

This film has somewhat of a reputation surrounding it, so I was sort of looking forward to my viewing. "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" is the only "Halloween" sans the famous masked psychopath Michael Meyers. Since Michael Meyers 'dies' at the end of "Halloween II" (only to be resurrected in "Halloween: The Return of Michael Meyers"), John Carpenter's plan was to produce a new Halloween themed movie every year, and this film was to be the first film to kick off that new wave of anthology Halloween movies. This movie apparently didn't do at that well at the box office, so Carpenter's plans for an anthology series were scrapped, and "Halloween 4" featured Mikey once more.

Since I knew all that backstory going into this viewing, I knew I wasn't one of the people that was going to be disappointed by that lack of Mike; I was more curious to see where the series would've headed had Carpenter been able to take it in the direction he wanted (note- he has only producer and music credits on this, but he would've been the one to choose the stories to produce each year). As the story got started, I immediately found myself noticing a drop in quality between the first two films in the series. While the second film's directing style (and even the story) was noticeably less impressive than that in the first film, this third film seemed like it would've been passable as a Sci-Fi channel movie of the week. The acting is all around pretty horrible; the dialogue is stilted and uncomfortable; and the story is predictable. The only saving graces that this film boasts are some of the practical effects and it has a few cool ideas; the only problem is it doesn't know how to execute those ideas very well. As a "Halloween" movie, I don't think this really works, and as a standalone film, aside from a few moments, I feel pretty apathetic towards it. I suppose if you're a franchise completionist then you should see this, but I would have a hard time recommending it to anyone just on a whim. It feels too much like a cheap made for TV movie for me to really take it seriously.


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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,400,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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