Six years after Michael Myers last terrorized Haddonfield, he returns there in pursuit of his niece, Jamie Lloyd, who has escaped with her newborn child, for which Michael and a mysterious cult have sinister plans.
Three years after he last terrorized his sister, Michael Myers confronts her again, before traveling to Haddonfield to deal with the cast and crew of a reality show which is being broadcast from his old home.
Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him.
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
(at around 33 mins) In what appears to be at least an hour or so after curfew is put in effect, Challis goes to a liquor store. Even if he didn't know about the curfew, it is not explained why the liquor store would still be open. See more »
I'll see what I can do. No promises. I was always good at moonlighting, wasn't I?
Oh, the best. Hey do you still have that...?
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Originally released uncut on video in Australia in the mid 80s by Thorn EMI; the recent DVD release by Infogrames features a cut version of the film. See more »
"Halloween III" is the worst of the series. Not because of Michael's absence, but because it's a major bore, plain and simple. There's the germ of a good idea: a mysterious death is linked to an evil warlock, who plots an elaborate scheme to return the holiday to its darker roots. The concept is intriguing, but the execution is silly at best and irritating at worst. Did they really have to keep showing that damned Shamrock commercial? Once or twice is enough as it is.
Generally speaking, the performances are stilted and wooden, especially from Tom Atkins. I suspect that merely reflects the actors' boredom; they don't seem to find the material any more exciting than the viewer. Dan O'Herlihy is the only one who seems to be enjoying himself. I wonder if he had second thoughts upon viewing the completed film.
Upon retrospect, it was probably unwise of John Carpenter to attempt to make the popular franchise an anthology series. Most people who pay to get in a movie with the "Halloween" name expect to see the masked Michael Myers. Therefore it is no surprise that audiences openly rebelled, and the third installment bombed at the box office. With the benefit of a full two decades between then and now, we can examine the situation dispassionately, and ask, "is "Halloween III" a good movie after all?" Sadly, the answer is a resounding "no!" It was awful back then, and time has not been kind to the film. Without the "Halloween" label, it would have quickly slid into obscurity.
* (out of ****)
Released by Universal Pictures
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