Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.
Looking into Halloween III a little more deeply, you will see a statement on Halloween as a whole. The incessant repetition of the Silver Shamrock advert or jingle since it's also on the radio is not one of the reasons the film's crap; it's the constant reminder of what Halloween has become: cheap, tacky and utilised to sell products. Indeed, the antagonist of the film (a sort of God like dictator whom closely resembles pure evil) states that Halloween used to be a proper celebration or acknowledgement of a certain something: evilness and all things nasty. When Veteran's Day or Remembrance Sunday comes along, we don't celebrate it but we certainly acknowledge it as some things need not be forgot. Conal Cochran is saying that Halloween has turned into a consumerism joke over the centuries and he is trying to move things back to the 'old times'.
It's true that the film borrows heavily from the science fiction and fantasy genre but horror still remains its primary genre with 'to scare' still the primary aim. When we are first shown the trailer for Halloween (1978) on a television, this immediately zones us out of whatever world Halloween is set and distances itself from Myers and Haddonfield as a whole it was at this point that the film could've crashed and burnt since it's supposed to take place in the 'real' world where only so much is physically possible; thankfully, Halloween III stays realistic until the final twenty minutes and even then given the science fiction and fantasy that has crept in, it still remains plausible. Halloween III is slower and smarter than Halloween II and changes things round a bit more: Jaime Lee Curtis has gone and as a hero, is replaced by a hard bodied doctor called Daniel Challis (Atkins). Myers as a villain is replaced by the Silver Shamrock company/factory as a whole since they are both big, mysterious and seemingly indestructible and although Conal remains a frail old man, he hides dark secrets.
Halloween III takes a Village of the Damned approach without children in the sense a bizarre town seemingly populated by possessed humans (turns out they're robots) and run in the middle of nowhere by a massive corporation. The idea that a Halloween mask can do the things that it can thanks to a microchip that is activated by a certain signal through a TV advertisement may seem elaborate but like I said, fantasy/horror is not something we are new to these days and if you're talking about back in the early 1980s then I guess Halloween III must have been ahead of its time because the elaborate content and ideas are not an excuse to dislike or hate the film. There is a strong feeling of no hope; a wonderful atmosphere of unpredictability and horror and yet we feel Dr. Challis is up to the challenge so we are kept on the edge of our seat unlike in Halloween II where Myers may have decapitated everyone in the hospital but the scrawny, weak and non-sexually active character of Laurie is enough to win in the end there is none of that clichéd horror nonsense here, just well placed jumps; the right amount of violence and a nasty ending that will leave a nasty taste in the mouth. I can recommend Halloween III over Halloween II any day but if you watch it forgetting about John Carpenter, Michael Myers and all that business and without knowing what happens when the mask is 'activated' in a certain scene, you will enjoy this quirky and surreal 80s horror.
- Nov 15, 2007