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Halloween III - Season of the Witch (1982)

Tom Atkins , Stacey Nelkin , Tommy Lee Wallace  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (558 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O'Herlihy, Michael Currie, Ralph Strait
  • Directors: Tommy Lee Wallace
  • Writers: Tommy Lee Wallace, John Carpenter, Nigel Kneale
  • Producers: Barry Bernardi, Debra Hill, Dino De Laurentiis, Irwin Yablans
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Good Times Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (558 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305137307
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Halloween III - Season of the Witch" on IMDb

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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

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174 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch The Magic Pumpkin October 28, 2006
When talking about the Halloween series, you'll always get the schmuck who says, "oh yeah, then there was that one that didn't even have Michael Myers in it. That was stupid". Yup, I've heard it time and time again. Most of the time this statement comes from someone who hasn't actually seen the film or is just a victim of the general consensus that says this is a terrible film coz it's not a legitimate sequel. Sure there are people out there that honestly just don't like the film, and that's cool coz there isn't a single film that everyone agrees is good. If they have reasons for not liking the film other than the lack of Myers, that's A-OK with me. Here's a little backstory. Halloween 3 was the first and only film in an experiment of John Carpenter's. Carpenter went to great lengths to show the audience at the end of Halloween 2 that Myers is dead, terminated, gone forevermore. Carpenter hated the idea of a second Myers film, but was pressured to write a second(with the help of alot of Budweiser according to Carpenter in a Halloween documentary). He left the directing to someone else coz he felt he'd already made this film before(which he did). After part 2, Carpenter decided to start an entire series of "Halloween" films, each with a different theme. One would be made each year, and come out in theaters around Halloween. If you ask me, that's a pretty cool idea. Halloween 3 was the first film in this new direction. Carpenter producing and Tommy Lee Wallace directing. However, everybody bitched about it and the idea was dead in the water. Carpenter was screwed and abandoned Halloween altogether, then Halloween producer, Akkad, saw dollar signs and brought Myers back with no more association with Carpenter. So that's it. Read more ›
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161 of 178 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Open your mind.....Halloween III is a classic! July 4, 2002
By Tommy
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Let me start out by saying that I love Halloween 1 & 2. When it was time for Johm Carpenter and Debra Hill to make another Halloween film, they decided that the Michael Myers character was tired and played out. So they tried something new and fresh with Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch. Being a fan of horror, Carpenter's original idea was to release a new Halloween film every few years, each one with a totally new plot and original characters. His idea was to bring in new directors and serve as a producer for these original scary tales. Well the close-minded public couldn't accept a film with the Halloween heading and no Michael Myers, so the idea was scrapped. Well I used to ditch school to watch this on The Movie Channel in the 80's, so I guess you could say I like it. A sinister warlock that wants to kill thousands of children on Halloween night. Robotic killers that can pull your head right off your shoulders. Masks that use the power of Stonehenge and ancient witchcraft to turn brains into snakes, beetles and millipedes. No way a movie like this would be made today! It almost became "trendy" to bash this film when I was in high school. Now I find more and more people defending it, especially with all the REALLY bad horror sequels that are coming out these days. I'm off to pick up my Silver Shamrock mask...Later!
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The third Halloween installment was terrifying!! March 10, 2005
This is in my opinion one of the most terrifying films I have ever seen, the whole premise of this film is enough to frighten hell the out of anybody. The story for the film was written by Nigel "Quatermass" Kneale, and British highly acclaimed science fiction/horror writer. Nigel "Quartermass" Kneale was so overwhelmed and disgusted by the gruesomeness(blood and gore) of this picture, so he sued the producers of this film to have his name removed from the credits. The film has a deeper meaning to it. Many Americans don't realize the hedonism of Halloween or their not concerned with it. Thousands of young children in North America go trick or treating every year on Halloween, yet they don't realize what their celebrating. The film involves a Celtic warlock disguised as a CEO of large company called Silver Shamrock, who is getting ready for a Halloween like no other. Meanwhile somewhere in the rural outskirts of Northern California an old man is getting chased by a group of assilants in charcoal colored business-suits. The assilants appear to have to have no remorse, and no feelings as well. He gets wounded by the assilants in an industrial parking lot. And ends up the hospital, he is treated at the local hospital by Dr. Challis, Mr. Grimbridge tries to warn everyone about the masks by saying their going to kill us all. Dr. Challis thinks that Mr. Grimbridge is hallucinating so decides that he should be put on some drugs to calm him down. Eventually he calms down but at night time one of the assilants steathly comes into the hospital and goes to Mr. Grimbridge' room, he cuts off his life support and then he squeezes his head until his brains burst. Mr. Grimbridge dies and he walks out of the hospital and gets in his car, the car explodes. Dr. Read more ›
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why such a low rating? June 10, 2006
I just can't understand why this gets a 2.5 star rating! Personally, I loved this movie. The reason is probably due to the absence of Michael Myers, but I really don't mind. This movie is an odd gem that should be seen. The only problem I have with it (hence the 4-star rating) is the sex and nudity. There was a particularly graphic sex scene, so anyone who is offended by that sort of thing shouldn't watch this. There is only one scene, and it's not particularly important to the movie. It was completely unneccisary, and it could have been rated R without it. There was some cheesy gore, and it's all pretty over the top. It's not really bloody, but it is kind of graphic. For example: a man stick his thumb and forefinger into a man's eyes, all the way to his skull. I know this sounds grotesque, but it's so cheesy, that I didn't get queesy.

Overall, I think the plot was great. It was highly original and entertaining. There has never been anything like it, and there never will be. The "Silver Shamrock" song will stick in your head for days, as it is played about every five minutes (no joke). For people with anxiety, I do not recommend this movie. The soundtrack is repetitive in an eerie sort of way. You don't really get bored of it, because it simulates the monotonous feelings you get in your nightmares. In fact, the music is one of the best parts about this movie. I really liked this movie. I can't understand why it's so under-rated.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD version, but fans need the Shout Factory BluRay!
Halloween III is massively underrated and as good as the original. This Universal DVD is uncut, and presented in anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mr. Raymond D. Lacken
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by Coolley Hou
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME AND ORIGINAL!!!
Saw this in theaters when it was released. I knew Michael Myers wasn't going to be in it - duh! Very original and creepy story. The "3 more days till Halloween... Read more
Published 1 month ago by drforbin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EXCELLENT! Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
Published 1 month ago by William Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Jill
1.0 out of 5 stars Please Do Not Waste Your Time Or Money
This one really sucked bad. The plot
was stupid and of course, Michael
Myers wasn't in the movie. This
movie was so bad you couldn't
give it away.
Published 2 months ago by John Urban
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea....But Bad Marketing
This was a better idea to continue the Halloween franchise than the ridiculous direction it went in in continuing the Michael Myers storyline... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joelfan
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Doesn't Touch the Classic Halloween Series...
Published 2 months ago by D. Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars ... carpenter and hill intention was to make an anthology like tales...
It shouldn't have had the halloween name BUT at the time carpenter and hill intention was to make an anthology like tales from the crypt every halloween a new story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by alex velazquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Halloween fans can't miss this one!
Published 2 months ago by Patsy Novak
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