Review of Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (1982)

1 Dec

Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (1982) is horror/sci-fi/mystery film, it is the third entry in the Halloween franchise and the only one not to feature Michael Myers.

Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace (Fright Night Part 2 (1988), Vampires: Los Muertos (2002)), who hasn’t had the greatest career.

Written by Tommy Lee Wallace (Amityville II: The Possession (1982), It (1990)), many consider It his best work and that’s based on Stephen King’s novel, so that’s not really a compliment for a guy who usually writes his own movies.

Starring: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Michael Currie, Dan O’Herlihy and others.

Sure, they wanted to make Halloween an anthology series, but how could they not realise, that if they made two tightly connected movies already, they had already basically established a franchise and releasing a sequel would have everyone assume, it is a continuation of the series. Also, I could understand if they did something like this if Halloween II had bombed horribly, so they tried to fix what wasn’t broken. And failed. I can’t imagine how many people in the age of no internet went to see this expecting Mike Myers to show up, but all they got was frustration and one of the most annoyingly catchy jingles ever.

Although it isn’t a Halloween (franchise) movie it is a Halloween (holiday) movie. And as that it isn’t a bad film. It has a creepy atmosphere right from the start. And has that overall Halloween-like feel to it. It actually felt like a remake of a cheesy 50’s sci-fi/horror flick. And of course that damned song.

The romantic storyline seemed a bit creepy, I thought “Oh, ok, they’re now staying in a motel, they will probably bond and have this father-daughter sort of relationship.” …and then they have sex. I mean, I like Tom Atkins too, but he’s literally twice Stacey Nelkin’s age.

The script is really a cheesy B-movie material, but the movie does improve on it, by somehow playing it very straight. They must have known that it is ridiculous. Although, I doubt Tommy Lee Wallace did. Some of the scenes are legitimately scary, like there’s this knitting grandma scene, which creeped me out and then scared me. Fun times. Also there was some nice eye-gouging with fingers. Another fault of the script is that the villain’s motivation is unclear, his plan is to kill all the kids. Why? Because fuck kids, that’s why. I don’t know, maybe they just wanted to have a villain who has 60’s looking headquarters with huge computers, blinking lights and robot-people.

Speaking of kids, first of all, why would you brainwash the kids, just to later melt the masks on their faces? What’s the point? Although, I get why they had to brainwash all the kids. Because, why else would all the kids buy masks from their huge collection of …3 types of masks! And are all those parents really that jaded that they’re like “Oh, those silly kids. They’re watching the same annoying commercial for the hundredth time. Today. And look how they sit so close to the TV as if they have reversed peripheral blindness.”

To be fair, most people consider it the worst Halloween movie, because it isn’t one. It isn’t as bad as it is made out to be, I quite enjoyed it. And I would recommend it for people who want something spooky and not too serious for a late october’s evening. And try not to focus on that it has “Halloween III” in the title.

Choose between the masks of a skull, jack-o'-lantern or Sarah Jessica Parker.

3 Responses to “Review of Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (1982)”

  1. Aloha Mister Hand March 29, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    You’re right, if you don’t focus on Halloween 3 being in the title, it’s not a bad flick. Not a huge fan, but it’s pretty all right. Damn, after reading this, that darn song is in my head!

    Happy, happy Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Happy, happy Halloween, Silver Shamrock! LMAO ๐Ÿ™‚

    • karlails March 29, 2012 at 9:17 am #

      After reading your comment, guess what happened to me? The song is in my head as well! ๐Ÿ˜€

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