Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (Widescreen)
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Producer John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) presents the third chilling installment in the shocking Halloween collection. When a terrified toy salesman is mysteriously attacked and brought to the hospital, babbling and clutching the year's most popular Halloween costume, an eerie pumpkin mask, doctor Daniel Challis is thrust into a terrifying Halloween nightmare. Working with the salesman's daughter, Ellie, Daniel traces the mask to the Silver Shamrock Novelties company and its founder, Conal Cochran. Ellie and Daniel uncover Cochran's shocking Halloween plan and must stop him before trick-or-treaters across the country never come home in this terrifying thriller.
The one Halloween sequel in which He doesn't come home, Halloween III: Season of the Witch was producer John Carpenter's attempt to get the series away from the original's psycho-on-the-loose story line and turn it into a vehicle for more far-fetched Halloween-themed horror tales. Incredibly, the fans voted for more of the same and Carpenter walked away for others to rehash the Michael Myers plot line in a succession of look-alike movies that are still turning up every few years.
After the mysterious death of a toyshop owner, a doctor (Tom Atkins) and the man's daughter (Stacy Nelkin) investigate the Irish-dominated Northern California community of Santa Mira, a company town owned by the Silver Shamrock Novelty corporation. Atkins and Nelkin are typical low-rent horror movie protagonists, dim bulbs who discover an Invasion of the Body Snatchers-style conspiracy involving sharp-suited corporate robots. But guest star Dan O'Herlihy steals the film as a Celtic joke tycoon who hates the way American kids are despoiling the religious spirit of Samhain and decides to teach them a nasty lesson. His scheme, which involves a stolen Stonehenge megalith and a techno-magic spell that turns the heads of TV watchers into writhing masses of snakes and insects, is value for money, and O'Herlihy mixes enough serious malice into the charm to come across as a great screen bad guy. --Kim Newman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Well, I'm 22 now and decided to buy Universal's re-issue on DVD. Not because I had any fond memories of the film; I'm simply a completist and it drove me BONKERS whenever I saw that one inch gap between my Halloween 2 and 4 DVD's. So, I reluctantly opened up the packaging, put the disc in the DVD player and just laid back with remote in hand. When it was all over, I realized the film is still no masterpiece.
However, it's been years since I've gotten over the fact that Michael isn't in it, so at least I was (ironically) able to watch it for the second time with a fresher perspective. And I have to say, it really isn't that bad. I actually like it better than Resurrection, but I guess that's not really saying much. The story drags sometimes, but the overall concept is interesting. Cochran, the villain, makes for a cool thorn in Tom Atkins' side. I also give the filmmakers kudos for allowing that annoying kid to just shut up and die a really horrible death.
Much has been said about the theme song. You know... "X more days till Halloween, Halloween, Halloween..." And it really does kind of grate on your nerves after you hear it for what seems like fifty times in ten minutes. But, I guess horror buffs can credit Halloween 3 for contributing at least ONE classic attribute to the genre, annoying or not.
If you're not a completist like me, I'd definitely suggest renting before buying. Just watch it with an open mind.
H3 is a great movie from the start (if you can get over the No MIke Myers excuse...). It makes you want to watch the rest of it just to find out what is going on and the poor guy in the beggining is as crazy as he is. Then why are these suited guys so strong really? The idea of the movie is totlaly freaky. Just watch it and decide for your selves w/o paying too much attention to the negative reviews out there. After all, these are the same people that liked "Friday the 13 part 104...Jason dies from OLD AGE"! Idiots that the only thing that excites them in a movie is seeing young people die when they are making up...
NO wonder "Reality TV" is so succesful these days!
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Favorite Halloween movie, watched it many times but still get a kick out of it!Published 3 months ago by ron zurba
I changed my mind about this movie. The worst movies in the series are Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009)- the absolute worst in the series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jason Hutton
DVD it self was in great shape but the story line had nothing to do with Michel Myers saga (halloween) ....total waste of time.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting take on Halloween horror. However it has no tie-in to the Micheal Myer's movies.Published 8 months ago by barry mac
Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace, this critically maligned but sometimes effective thriller took a different route with the Halloween tale. Read morePublished 10 months ago by E. Valero
Ok, so John Carpenter had a cool idea. He wanted make a series of Halloween movies where it's a totally new story each time but they are all connected in that they happen during or... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jambosalta
You'll either love or hate this film it seems - I love it and really wish people would give it a fair viewing. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Keith Little
Shouldn't have been included in the Halloween Franchise ...... Michael Myers makes the halloween movies what they are! Not worth buyingPublished on Jan. 16 2014 by Adam
I was initially afraid of watching it after hearing so many people complaining to how bad it was...
And how wrong was I. Read more
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