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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.

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Witchcraft enters the computer age, and a different terror begins. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

(at around 28 mins) Ellie and Rafferty stand outside the hotel while Dan goes to check in. The sunlight is seen brightly shining on the windows of the hotel as Rafferty draws attention to Mr. Cochran's car. The scene cuts to an interior shot of Rafferty and Ellie as seen from Mr.Cochran's point of view inside the car. Looking at the windows of the hotel it's obvious the sun is at a different position from where it was just a moment before and the light of day has faded. See more »

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Starker and Marge
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Sometimes it's better to stick with what you know...
26 July 2004 | by TanuccoonSee all my reviews

First of all, I'd like to state that I'd never been a fan of the Halloween series. So I was pleasantly surprised when I didn't see Michael Meyer's familiar "face" in this movie. However, that pleasure ended roughly halfway to three quarters into the movie when all of that beautiful suspense boiled down into wild inconsistencies, plot contrivances, and scenes that just boggle the mind.

Our story begins with a panicked man clutching a mask. His wild performance helps build our nagging curiosity and in fact, a good portion of the movie progresses before we even get a solid clue to what's going on (although cleverly enough, they've hid a few earlier on in the movie in just obscure references). Finally, we begin to put the pieces together and are left... more confused?

Apparently, they decided to play Frankenstein with Halloween 3, incorporating a bizarre mix of pseudo-technology (as I'm not even touching the androids) and "magic." The largest stretch is possibly the fact that a company that only produces three cheap kinds of masks somehow is also a major corporation that somehow is also secretly leading the world not only in robots, but in the creation of artificial intelligence to go along with those robots. However, I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, as these aren't even the worst aspects of the movie.

Putting aside bizarre twists (such as one where a switch could have been made, although I'm not even certain what they were going for), some exceedingly confusing parts (I'm not sure where these crickets came from, if the parents had died, or anything), and of course, a plot hole here and there, we get to the part that really ticks me off. Now a guy who has a master plan to slaughter literally millions MUST have a great reason for doing it or be completely insane, right? Wrong. The long drawn out explanation by Cochran near the end is more of an excuse to the viewers. I'd prefer an apology after sitting through 60 minutes and then hear him call it something along the lines of the ultimate halloween prank. The complete lack of any kind of justification, no matter how twisted it may be, or even a real reason for doing it (at this point, I'd even settle for a pact with Satan-- after all, he's about the only thing not in the film!) made me seriously consider how I had just wasted two hours.

Although Halloween III was positively riveting in the beginning and the memorable repetitive commercial (sung to the tune of "London Bridge is Falling Down"), any truly novel aspects of the film were simply destroyed by trying to move into too many bizarre angles. This could have been a truly great movie without the almost comical androids(?) and dozens of problems that should have never made it to the shooting. The series tried to do something a little different and failed miserably due to shoddy work. Sometimes it really is best to stick with what you know, even if that's not altogether great to begin with


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