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Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (1982)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Tommy Lee Wallace

Starring:
Tom Atkins/Daniel
Stacy Nelkin/Ellie
Dan O’Herlihy/Conal Cochrane
2 10
PLOT-CRUNCH
Michael Myers was in the Bahamas getting a tan so Halloween 3 is about an Irish Halloween mask company called : Silver Shamrocks run by a nutso Irish dude named Conal Cochrane (O’Herlihy). His masks are the hottest thing, the commercial plays all the time and kids love em. What the brats don't know is that on Halloween the commercial will trigger the masks to do something real gross to them. Nosy doctor Daniel (Atkins) and dumb bimbo Ellie (Nelkin) are on the case, trying to figure out what’s going on and how to stop the evil mask maker.
THE LOWDOWN
What starts off on a promising foot, degenerates very fast into one of the most boring, tedious movies I have ever seen. The first five minutes pulls you in, with a man being chased by human looking androids. It’s scary and violent. But the setup is the only good thing about this film. The "Shamrock" commercial had me singing along to it at first but after hearing it a zillion times, the mute button on my remote never looked better…ANNOYING!!! Not much really happens here, the characters are boring, Cochran’s motives have to do with druids or some crud like that, the story lags and never really pays off. Let me put on my mask and sing my own song…
GORE
Some skull crushing, beheadings and neato mask effects.
ACTING
Tom Atkins (Daniel) sleepwalks all the way to the bank in this one. Stacy Nelkin (Ellie) is not playing a dummy but boy does she come across as one. Dan O’Herlihy (Cochran) is the only one who seems to be having fun in this drivel.
T & A
If there is, I didn’t notice…signs of a very bad movie.
DIRECTING
Wallace is no hack and the movie looks good but good looking shite is still shite.
SOUNDTRACK
Great, Carpenter did it and it’s in the same vibe as the other Halloween flicks.
BOTTOM LINE
The only good things about this movie are: Nice looking masks, good effects, some violence a great score and a clip from a "Michael Myers" Halloween on a TV set...that's it. It’s too bad the script sucked cause the idea was pretty good. Skip the movie and buy the soundtrack
BULL'S EYE
This film cost 2.5 million dollars. The reason it was made, was because Debra Hill and John Carpenter didn’t want another Shape entry, they wanted to take the Halloween series in the "Twilight Zone" direction, different story every film…they failed.

The voice in the commercial is the director’s Tommy Lee Wallace.

SPOILER: I would have liked the movie if everyone died in the end by "mask" infection.
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4:52PM on 10/14/2012

Better as a stand alone movie.

Admittedly, i really hated it as a teenager but i liked it now. Despite some story flaws in the rather interesting premise. I didn't realized that the movie has an darkly humourous sense of humour. Tom Atkins (The Fog, Night of the Creeps) gives an amusing performance as a alcoholic doctor, who is also a ladies man! Stacy Nelkin is very cute as the mysterious young woman that Atkins helps solve her father's murder.

The story doesn't make total sense but Writer and Director Tommy Lee Wallace
Admittedly, i really hated it as a teenager but i liked it now. Despite some story flaws in the rather interesting premise. I didn't realized that the movie has an darkly humourous sense of humour. Tom Atkins (The Fog, Night of the Creeps) gives an amusing performance as a alcoholic doctor, who is also a ladies man! Stacy Nelkin is very cute as the mysterious young woman that Atkins helps solve her father's murder.

The story doesn't make total sense but Writer and Director Tommy Lee Wallace (Stephen King's It, Fright Night Part 2) gives it enough style. Since he can capture John Carpenter's mood in movies. Since Carpenter also co-wrote the music score. The Blu-ray transfer is terrific with some nice bonus features. Underrated, to be sure but it manages to get an nice cult following in the last few years.
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3:06AM on 11/01/2010
As a Halloween movie... this sucked donkey balls big time. But as a stand alone, best to watch with an open mind... That's the only way to enjoy this Halloween turkey.
As a Halloween movie... this sucked donkey balls big time. But as a stand alone, best to watch with an open mind... That's the only way to enjoy this Halloween turkey.
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2:27AM on 09/30/2010
I side firmly with those who feel the Halloween monicker has permanently and unfairly crippled this flick's chances of aspiring to its full, well, cultural potential. It's not nearly bad enough to be "so bad it circles back to awesome", and anyone who thinks so most likely hasn't seen a true example of that level of ineptitude. It's just a wonderful, inspired slice of early '80s cheese with a gleefully over-the-top premise, perfectly decent performances (contrary to what so many claim), a
I side firmly with those who feel the Halloween monicker has permanently and unfairly crippled this flick's chances of aspiring to its full, well, cultural potential. It's not nearly bad enough to be "so bad it circles back to awesome", and anyone who thinks so most likely hasn't seen a true example of that level of ineptitude. It's just a wonderful, inspired slice of early '80s cheese with a gleefully over-the-top premise, perfectly decent performances (contrary to what so many claim), a sadistic sense of humor, superb cinematography, an effectively creepy atmosphere and a MAGNIFICENT synth score. A lot of the hate I see directed toward this flick fixates on the "absurdity" of the storyline. Well, yeah, the basic premise is. But if one can set aside rationality enough to buy into said premise (psycopath figures out a way to harness the apparently evil inherent power of...STONE HENGE...in order to melt thousands of children's faces on cue) nothing that transpires over the course of the flick is remotely as absurd as that, and adheres completely to the film's established internal logic. It's no more or less absurd than the basic premise of oh, say, 50% of all horror flicks, and at no point contradicts itself, so, not really a valid avenue of complaint in my book. Not quite an unsung classic--though pretty close--but entirely undeserving of its bad rap.
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12:40PM on 09/19/2008
I could care less if Michael wasnt in this movie. It was still slow and boring with shitty acting and an idiotic plot.

Shit on a stick.
I could care less if Michael wasnt in this movie. It was still slow and boring with shitty acting and an idiotic plot.

Shit on a stick.
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12:55AM on 04/25/2008
I've said it before, and I'll say it again... if this movie had simply been titled "Season of the Witch" (or something similar), people would be singing its praises as a early '80s cult classic.

Watch it and appreciate it for what it is. Don't slam it for what others told you it should have been.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again... if this movie had simply been titled "Season of the Witch" (or something similar), people would be singing its praises as a early '80s cult classic.

Watch it and appreciate it for what it is. Don't slam it for what others told you it should have been.
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7:30AM on 08/12/2006

Why No Michael Myers? *I* know why!

Doesn't anybody else know about why Michael Myers doesn't make an appearance in this?

Jon Carpenter had originally wanted to make the HALLOWEEN series about *different kinds of plots* that all take place on Halloween. WITCH would have been the second, but the producers were too anxious to bring Michael Myers back for a second round, and so HALLOWEEN 2 was born, and thus the entire world expected the entire series to be about him.

Too bad this movie seemed to suck on its own, besides
Doesn't anybody else know about why Michael Myers doesn't make an appearance in this?

Jon Carpenter had originally wanted to make the HALLOWEEN series about *different kinds of plots* that all take place on Halloween. WITCH would have been the second, but the producers were too anxious to bring Michael Myers back for a second round, and so HALLOWEEN 2 was born, and thus the entire world expected the entire series to be about him.

Too bad this movie seemed to suck on its own, besides being a disappointment to fans who were expecting more of the William Shatner mask.
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