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 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
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Storyline

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


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Ellie's car is a 1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 16 mins) When Conal Cochran begins to explain his motives concerning the Halloween masks, the wisps of hair on Challis' forehead have changed position although he is immobile from being tied up. See more »

Quotes

Harry Grimbridge: They're going to kill us. All of us! All of us!
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Alternate Versions

1998 Goodtimes DVD release omits several sound effects for some unknown reason, including the stinger when the assassin appears to watch Ellie and Challis enter the factory, and the dial tone when Challis and Teddy are on the phone to each other before the above scene. Additionally, when Walter Jones is in the hospital explaining how he first encountered Harry Grimbridge, an overhead page is heard stating "Miss Scott call admitting". This appears in the version that sporadically airs on Cinemax, but not on the 2001 Goodtimes release. See more »

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Referenced in Broadway Danny Rose (1984) 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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"Weird" would be an understatement
8 September 2017 | by nexusfplSee all my reviews

Horror franchises are naturally inclined to become stale, obvious and boring after a while, say, after the third or fourth installment, when the formulaic script simply has nowhere else to go.

There's no reason whatever to supposed the same wouldn't happen with Halloween. Everybody knows John Carpenter DID NOT want Halloween to become a franchise. But the first two movies made a lot of money, and then they decided they HAD to release a new Michael Myers story every couple of years, if only to satisfy fans of easy and predictable slasher flicks.

The third installment in the franchise- Season of the Witch- was a huge departure from the story told in the first two parts- and was also a sign that the real intention was to create a collection of stories based on Halloween, but independent of each other. Of course, it did not succeed, and in the fourth chapter there we went to meet our "dear" Michael Myers and his endless thirst for blood again.

It was really a pity things went this direction. Because, truth be told, every Halloween sequel was worse than the previous one, with an indestructible killer who simply was a "seasonal" variation of Jason Vorhees, and all the writers had to do at a certain point was creating a new excuse for bringing Michael back, because the killer invariably ended "dead" or severely injured in each chapter. The rest of the "plot" was basically the same in every movie: Halloween night, Michael comes back to Haddonfield, people are sure he's either dead or only a legend, he starts to kill everyone in sight, someone realizes he's alive, there's a relative of his that he's willing to kill, etc, etc.

If this third installment in the franchise had been successful, things could have been different. And instead of having THE SAME MOVIE over and over again, we could have now a very interesting collection of good horror stories.

Why didn't this work out?

My theory is very simple: this didn't work out not only because people wanted Michael Myers back after his hospital bloodbath in Halloween II, but also because Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a very, VERY bad movie.

People might have thought: If the other installments in this series be like this one, then we'd rather have Michael Myers coming back every damn year for more of the same.

What can I say not to "spoil" (sic) the party of anyone else? Well, I will not describe the "plot", yet I must say this film does not have any sense whatsoever, bad actors, bad story line, horrible villain, pathetic death scenes, and you end up asking yourself if what you're seeing on screen is really for real. The movie does have a promising beginning, but it all goes downhill from there. I must confess, being a John Carpenter work, the soundtrack is eerie and fantastically atmospheric. Yet the story being told does not deserve a good soundtrack. I think the best way to describe this thing is: bizarre. It's really weird, but not in a positive, Kafka kind of way. It's weird because it doesn't go anywhere and has an awkward story line.

I will not give any spoilers, so go and watch for yourself if you haven't yet. I can assure you that you'll understand why the chose to bring Mike back after this "thing".


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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 »

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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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2.35 : 1
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