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John Ary On HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH!!

Published at: Sept. 12, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST by John Ary

 
 

John Ary here with a look back at an infamous chapter in one of American horror’s greatest film franchises.  

Halloween III: Season of the Witch gets a raw deal from horror enthusiasts.  It’s made by the same crew responsible for Halloween, The Fog, and Escape from New York.  It has a strange story with an Invasion of the Body Snatchers feel.  The performances are solid.  John Carpenter gives us another creepy score.  And the ending is uncharacteristically dark for a studio release.  So why has history been so unkind to this film?  Luckily it’s about to hit Blu-ray, complete with commentary from the film’s star Tom Atkins and director Tommy Lee Wallace, a making-of documentary and a look at the promotional material used by Universal Pictures.  I thought I would take another glance at it, to see if this blacksheep in the Halloween film franchise deserves the crap that people have been piling onto it since its release back in 1982.

First off, lets talk about the elephant in the room.  There is no Michael Myers in Halloween III: Season of the Witch.  At this point in the character’s history, he’s presumed dead along with Dr. Loomis after a massive explosion.  In Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, we discover both men survived with the psychotic slasher now in a coma.  How could they make a Halloween movie without Michael Myers? According to the making-of documentary, John Carpenter wanted to transform the franchise into an anthology series, with an original story released every year just in time for Halloween.  That seems like a decent plan to me and apparently producers didn’t feel like it was a terrible idea either.  

Unfortunately no one told Halloween fans.  Watching the TV ads for Season of the Witch, Myers is never brought up.  We see lots of people wearing masks, but no mention of this being a completely new self-contained chapter in the series.  I can’t imagine what that would have been like, showing up to the theater to watch Myers stab his way through a new set of victims, but instead getting an allegory on the dangers of corporate marketing.  How do you not walk out of the theater completely disappointed?  Whether it was or wasn’t intended by the studio, Halloween III is one of the biggest bait and switch fiascoes in movie history, so from the get-go, this film had a lot of ill-will to overcome.

The story revolves around a mysterious mask manufacturer.  Every kid in America apparently wants be a witch, skeleton or pumpkin head for Halloween thanks to the Silver Shamrock toy company.  When a doctor played by Tom Atkins stumbles upon a conspiracy by the mask makers that could potentially kill tens of thousands of children on All Hallows Eve, he teams up with a young woman to bring down the company. 


    
 

The main character is a curious choice by the filmmakers.  He’s an alcoholic doctor that chooses to hangout at the bar rather than going home to his wife and kids. When the opportunity to unravel a mystery presents itself, he runs away from everything including his job, his family, and his girlfriend in the morgue, with a six pack in hand and a hot young babe at his side.  The young woman is the daughter of a toy store owner who was mysteriously murdered.  She wants to know why her father was targeted and has a legitimate reason for pursuing the truth.  

The doctor’s motivation is less apparent.  I like to think that he’s just tired of his mundane life and excited when a new adventure arises.  Also, he seems to show signs of depression with his drinking, compulsive work at the hospital, his philandering and guilt from ignoring his family.  Despite all of his flaws, Tom Atkins makes the guy likeable.  It would have been a safer bet casting a younger good looking hero to anchor the picture, but instead our lead is older, damaged, and atypical leading man material.  He is practically the antithesis of Laurie Strode, the heroine from the first two films.  Bold move Carpenter.

  


Dan O’Herlihy plays Conal Cochran, the evil head of the Silver Shamrock toy company.  The Irish actor brings a bit of flair to the movie as the leader of an ancient cult that wants to kill the children of the United States.  By stealing a bolder from Stonehenge, bringing it to his factory, implanting small fragments from the rock into the masks and then activating them using a TV commercial on Halloween night, he plans to turn the skulls of every child in America into a terrarium that spawns snakes and insects.  We actually see this happen to one kid and it’s fairly disturbing.  Even though the plot is fairly far-fetched, the stakes are high.  Rarely do we see a kid killed on camera in a studio picture, let alone in such a grisly way.  The fact that this could happen to every kid wearing a mask on Halloween night adds a lot of weight to the motivations of the characters.  It makes Conal Cochran more than just a creepy old guy with lots of money.  It transforms him into a cold-blooded pagan monster hiding behind the facade of a corporate entity, capable of just about anything.  It also propels the doctor from an inquisitive amateur detective into a full-fledged crusader, willing to do anything to protect children from a factory of witches.


There are a few reasons the film stumbles along the way; the first being the use of androids.  As a toy company, Silver Shamrock has the ability to create lifelike robots to carry out its dirty work.  They assassinate dissidents, provide security at the factory and carry out the wishes of Cochran.  While they provide a strong physical presence in the movie, they’re not really scary.  They walk slowly, dress well and stand around a lot.  I found the people who work for Cochran to be much more interesting.  The scientists and secretaries who are actively working towards Silver Shamrock’s goal of mass murder, they make for better bad guys.  It’s much more disturbing to me that an educated engineer would use his intellect to actively carry out the deadly plan of a corporation.  Unfortunately, we don’t really get to know any of these individuals with the exception of the local motel owner who doesn’t question Cochran’s motivations or what really happens in the Silver Shamrock plant.  

Also, the relationship between the doctor and his young nubile companion is problematic.  Within a day of knowing each other, they’re already sleeping together.  She’s half his age and ten times as attractive.  Their sexual relationship doesn’t make sense within the story and becomes fairly distracting.  Maybe she has daddy issues or perhaps she’s been an android this whole time working to gain intelligence for Silver Shamrock? Either way, the relationship doesn’t work.  I would rather wear a rubber pumpkin head mask with the Silver Shamrock commercial playing on a loop than sit through another one of their awkward sex scenes.  

That leads to another problem with the film... there are a lot of implausible plot points that simply don’t make sense.  Why would the Silver Shamrock company allow the doctor and his cohort direct access to the production facilities where they make the masks?  If you had the technology to make life-like robots, wouldn’t there be a better way to use them to carry out your plan of murdering thousands of people? Wouldn’t the different time zones across the United States interfere with Cochran’s plan of running the advertisement that sets off the masks at 9:00pm?  It’s these and several other leaps in logic that keep Halloween III from living up to its potential.


I’m not willing to proclaim Season of the Witch the best horror movie of 1982.  That year gave us much scarier films like Poltergeist, Creepshow, Basket Case and The Thing.  I do believe that Halloween III is far more entertaining than it has been given credit for.  The film makes up for its plot holes and implausibility with strong performances by Tom Atkins and Dan O’Herlihy, a dark commentary on corporate America, heavy stakes that place the nation’s children at risk and good production values.  It’s not a terrible movie.  As far as it’s inclusion in the Halloween franchise, I like to imagine that the mask Michael Myers wears was created by Silver Shamrock as an experiment gone awry.  I guess that means Myers was either acting under the ancient malevolent power of Stonehenge or possibly he’s an advanced android...  On second thought, maybe Season of the Witch works better as its own stand alone film.



Halloween III: Season of the Witch arrives on Blu-ray Tuesday, September 18 from Shout Factory and is available HERE for pre-order.  

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  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    seriously?

    by Mennen

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    after all these years

    by mick vance

    i've finally learned how to masturbate to this movie properly...

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    You've got to pick up every stitch.

    by rev_skarekroe

    Oh no!

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    wait..is the cover art folded?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    is that intentional as some sort of nostalgia factor, or is that the best pic they had?

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    I remember renting this as a thirteen year old

    by pleasebanme

    I was so angry that Michael Myers never showed up. Hated the movie as a result. I knew about Carpenter's plan regarding the "anthology" direction of the series (for some reason I got really into the Halloween movies as a teen), but I'm absolutely shocked to hear that the marketing for the film never addressed this issue. Why not just call it Season Of The Witch if you're not going to sell this rebranding of the franchise? In any case, I saw the film again a few years later and the entire plot about the pumpkin masks that kill people didn't really hold up on its own anyway. All the talk about this being an underrated gem is a bit hyperbolic.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Mmmm..Stacey Nelkin

    by Cassius_Crackhead

    AKA The replicant who got cut out of "Blade Runner". But alas, she's a robot in this one, too, so... I love this movie btw. Dan O'Herlihy's "Samhain" monologue is good shit.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    It wasn't what I'd call a good film but I liked the anthology idea

    by Mugato5150

    Especially as John Ary suggested, they could have tied two or more stories all together by the 5th movie or so. Because really, we didn't need 7 movies about Michael Myers when Friday the 13th was doing the same basic thing.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    I saw this movie and there was no witch in it!!!!

    by ajit maholtra

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    It's time! It's time!

    by Joe

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    how much did AICN get paid to promote the blu-ray?

    by georgecauldron

    ?

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Learning to appreciate Halloween III

    by Badltnt310

    I agree with the general thrust of this review. Had this film been given a different title and marketed as a B-genre flick, I think it would deservedly have more fans than it has. The problems that gave Halloween III its reputation were largely self-inflicted by a very cynical marketing campaign at the time. Its one thing to deny and challenge audience expectations, but its quite another to actively deceive them - as the producers and marketers most certainly did with this film. They saw the opportunity for a greedy, short-term box-office cash grab for its opening weekend and chose that over treating Carpenter's Halloween fans with respect. Had they called it "Halloween Horrors: The Masked Conspiracy", I think it would be largely appreciated today for what it was.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Michael Myers is in Halloween 3,have you even watched the movie??

    by JohnWayneWasGay

    Myers is on the t.v in the bar.There is a trailer playing for the Halloween movie on the T.V.Halloween 3's only connection to the the first 2 movies is that.Myers is a movie character in part 3.He is not dead and far as that movie is concerned,he is a actor in a William Shatner mask. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9POVt19TAKg

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Best of the series.

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Brother Lynch's album Season of the Sickness is much scarier.

    by kindofabigdeal

    Baby bar b que ribs, and guts, and uh, don't let me get to deep frying baby nuts. Some sick shit going on there.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    It's not just that the kid dies,

    by blue_dog

    it's that his parents watch him die, in the most gruesome way possible, and then they die horrible deaths as they're fucking freaking the fuck out. That scene is pretty hardcore. As you note, though, the rest of it is pretty lackluster. Indeed, it's not much of a horror movie, is it? Really more of a detective movie (or, like, James Bond supervillian thing). The front half is impossibly slow, with characters that are either total caricatures (the dead kid's parents) or totally unlikable (the lead). I think I was 10 when I first saw this on HBO, and even then I was incredulous that the chick would ram that crusty old dude. How about we leave it at this: good idea, good Carpenter soundtrack (and corresponding creepy vibe), crap execution.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Great horror movie! cant wait for the blu-ray!

    by Gorgomel

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Underappreciated Nigel Kneale tribute

    by Kenny8

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST

    probably Carpenter's greatest soundtrack

    by la_sith

    80s synth magic. Buy it.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    I never thought this movie was hated. Misunderstood, maybe...

    by Royston Lodge

    The scene where the kid collapses in front of the tv with bugs and snake emerging from his head scared me shitless.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Happy happy Halloween... Silver shamrock!

    by LordVonPS3

    The old man from Robocop is very good in this movie, I could understand if someone watched this before casting for Robocop. A good magician never explains... Come on then, you've still got time to figure it out all by yourself.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    When McDonalds sells the Silver Shamrock Shake, DO NOT BUY IT!

    by Royston Lodge

    Your head will deflate and bugs and snakes will come out of your eye sockets.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Only Time I Saw It....

    by Chaosinabox

    I was about 7 years old when I saw Halloween III. I was over at my friend's house because he had this new thing called a "VCR" and he invited me over to watch "Star Wars." After "Star Wars," he says, "Hey. Wanna watch this other movie we rented?" And it was Halloween III. Scared the living shit out of me.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Michael Myers is in Halloween 3,have you even watched the movie??

    by JohnWayneWasGay

    Myers is on the t.v in the bar.There is a trailer playing for the Halloween movie on the T.V.Halloween 3's only connection to the the first 2 movies is that.Myers is a movie character in part 3.He is not dead and far as that movie is concerned,he is a actor in a William Shatner mask. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9POVt19TAKg

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    thought it was a piece of crap as a kid

    by sith_rising

    because of the lack of Michael Myers. But I watched it last year, a few days before Halloween, and damn if it isn't genuinely creepy as hell.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Don't they try and tie the cult in to the M.M. story?

    by mojorising74

    It seems like Halloween 6 had a whole subplot that involved the cult and the stone henge boulder and how Myers was the corporeal essence of satan or some shit. I forget. At any rate, there is at least a half assed attempt to include Halloween 3 as part of the franchise, even though the trailer for "halloween" showing in the background really confuses that.

  • My goodness, that track just has satanic written all over it.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    I actually love this film

    by LouGarrick

    I consider it a guilty pleasure. So please don't bother pointing out its flaws. In our contemporary culture, it's refreshing to see a movie that demonizes television commercials and the incessant marketing around us. How many people watch the Super Bowl just for the ads? Halloween III is a great commentary on that: our open, uncritical acceptance of the mysterious and harmful messages pouring out of the airwaves. Now log off this website and Watch! Watch! Watch!

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    I remember staying up...

    by Terence James

    really late to watch this when I was a kid. I also remember being really disappointed. This certainly doesn't sound like the film I saw.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    I was fooled by no Mike Myers when it came out too

    by StevenScorsese

    They're still using the tagline: The Night No One Comes Home which adds to the confusion since it ties right to the tags from Halloween I & II. I wasn't too far in the first though when I figured out we're not going to see him in this one. Once I switched mental gears and gave it a chance on its own, it wasn't too bad. Missed some opportunities, but had some good Carpenter-like creepy atmosphere scenes. Was never fully satisfied by this one, but can dog it too hard. I like the ambition and would have loved to see a different one every year.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Michael who?

    by Rogue Trooper

    When I saw this film it freaked me out, the whole Silver Shamrock mask thing was very disturbing. When I was watching it I had no notion of Michael Myers (still a character that doesn't mean anything to me really, never been wrapped up in the 'mythology') and, with hindsight, the anthology idea makes perfect sense.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    This is what passes for the DVD column now

    by Logan_1973

    I wonder if Harry will get one written this month?

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 6:21 p.m. CST

    too bad halloween wasn't nudged into being an anthology..

    by zom-bot.com

    it would be so much better to have new stories (with only maybe clever small ties to each other) every year instead of how the series ended up.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Disturbed the shit out of me as a kid

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    I watched it recently and it is laughable in places but it still sent a shiver down my spine especially the much talked about scene with the kid.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST

    I'm just here for the robots...

    by Bill C.

    ...though I distinctly remember being freaked the hell out by the poor kid at the beginning of the movie the one time I saw it. But yeah. Robots. :)

  • The time zone thing bugged me (no pun intended). They could have easily said 9 EST 8 CST etc etc. But nope they said 9pm -lucky for all those west coast kids. I'd see the doctor in many 70s B movies that he could have been replaced by any other 70s B movie actor (Monte Markham anyone?) and I would have cared just as little about him. His only really good scene was at the end but anyone would have been screaming into the phone like that. And Stacy Nelkin! My god if you're going to have someone that stunningly HOT in a horror movie, you'd think there'd be some gratuitous nudity. Or have I always been watching an edited for tv version?

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST

    And I always wanted one of those masks!

    by tangcameo

    The skull or the pumpkinhead. The movie might have bombed but I'm pretty sure the masks would have sold.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST

    This was a good concept that got messed up

    by HornOrSilk

    I mean, Nigel Kneale did a write-up, but they messed it up so bad, he took his name off of the movie. Yet, I can't help but feel the Kneale spirit throughout. That which is good in this I expect was from his original idea.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Also, a rumor

    by HornOrSilk

    Michael Myers was supposed to have a cameo.. but again that was removed...

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Saw it once and only once

    by David Duchovny

    in the theater. Thought it sucked wind. I do remember nearly the whole damn movie though--so that's sayin' something. Just not sure what. Dum dum dum dum Silveeeeer Shamrock. Ugh.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Decent movie, great adaptation by Jack Martin.

    by venvariants

    I read the novelization of Halloween 3 by Dennis Etchison writing as Jack Martin, before I had ever seen the film. It was the only thing I had to read at the time, and it was great - I loved it. When I first saw the film, it wasn't nearly as good as the book experience...but I reevaluated the film when I was in college in the early 90s. It was late night, with no friends in a strange town, missing my hometown and family...and nothing to do. I had only three crummy channels. At that point, when they say that Halloween 3 is up next, you find out what a good show this can be. It just hit the right spot. I've had a soft spot for this movie since then. When it's two AM with nothing on, you can really see what a hidden gem this is. Major props.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 6:59 p.m. CST

    if I find out someone hasn't seen this picture, I remedy that shit

    by Monnie Knapp

    Atkins is awesome and the plot is so laughably bad that it is truly a must see. This is not so much a gem... maybe a particularly well polished turd.

  • This isn't one of those "Hey dude, it's bad but fucking awesome to watch when you're drunk." No, it's not even fun when you're drunk. It's just....plain....bad.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Subverise and Wonderfully Nasty

    by Michael

    I always thought that this film got a bad rap. Everyone was so disappointed that it wasn't the next Michael Myers chapter (as it turned out, they should have stopped those after the first one), but it really was, on its own, a creepy and surprisingly daring film. The entire premise of an evil genius targeting innocent children on Halloween, seducing them through commercialism only to brutally kill them, is really a shocking one. Unlike the victims of most slasher films, who don't illicit much if any sympathy, it's impossible not to be completely repulsed by the notion of the mass killing of kids, who just wanted to have fun on Halloween. I love the addictive quality of the TV jingles, Stacey Nelkin deserved to go on to better things (she didn't), Atkins is a solid action hero, and O'Herlihy is absolutely diabolical as the villain. I much prefer this sequel to any of the other Halloween sequels, including the Zombie remakes.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Say, why do a column about Halloween III in mid-September?

    by Royston Lodge

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST

    The night no one comes home.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    Clever tagline. Technically the kids die at home, but still clever.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    I'm glad Season of the Witch is getting some love now...

    by Jason Adkins

    It confused the shit out of me when it originally came out, as I was expecting another Michael Myers film like everyone else. But, back in the day it whigged out my ten year old brain. I watched it again about a year ago around Halloween, and don't get me wrong it is flawed, but its a decent bit of nostalgia that is worth revisiting.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST

    That blue ray cover doesn't look so hot.

    by ZOMBRE

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Atkins back in the late 90's...

    by Jason Adkins

    Back when I was in college in Pittsburgh(I'm pretty sure he is from that area) around 1998. He was a total gentleman. He said he was surprised that I knew who he was. He seemed like good guy.

  • I quite like III.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Tom Atkins also kicked some Ass in Night of the Creeps. "Thrill Me"

    by Jason Adkins

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 7:33 p.m. CST

    There are hints in the film

    by TheGangBangTheory

    That these androids in the film have been around for hundreds of years. I got the impression they were more like some kind of golems or humonculi that by the time of this movie were upgraded with some electronics. But they have been serving the order of these druids for a long time.

  • ... and then on TV. Hell, I think I even rented it on VHS back in the early 90s. To this day I cannot get the "Happy Happy Halloween, Halloween! Halloween! Happy Happy Halloween! Silver Shamrock!" bit out of my head. ha I agree with pretty much everything you said, Jon. All valid points. And I also think the film is better than the awful, awful rep it has. It really is kinda fun to watch as long as you divorce it from any Michael Meyers connection. That's what I did when I went to watch it the second time... just forget this has anything to do with the legend that Carpenter originally created. I was pleasantly surprised to see you dip into the vault here. Nice piece, Jon.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    OH. AND YEAH. THAT CHICK IS HOT AS HELL, TOO!

    by Astronut

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    RE: And I always wanted one of those masks!

    by Mission Code Z

    They DID sell. Don Post sold them during the film's original (albeit) short theatrical run. I remember the full-page ad for them in Fango. I believe someone also made a second licensed wave of the three masks recently too.

  • When it's... a middle of the pack... Halloween horror film... from the 80's. I mean c'mon... really??

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 7:49 p.m. CST

    And the cover art is reversible on that blu-ray.

    by MattHooper

    Underneath, is the original theatrical poster. So you can slip it out and flip it over, if you choose. Neat idea.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST

    This song was my ringtone...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...for a very long time. And then my mean wife and friends made me change it, so now it's just some scary music from Prince of Darkness. One of my most disappointing trips to the theater ever, but Carpenter's heart was in the right place, trying to start a yearly Halloween treat that would do a different take every year. And man, that song.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Faked an uncles death...

    by kstewandthecuntsman

    and called out of 8th grade basketball practice on the Friday this opened. (you do the math) of course I got caught. Plus the movie was SHITTY, and I went in for some boob and got shut down. Terrible night, all around. I do look forward to reading this article though lol

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    I wish Halloween would have continued in that vein

    by chien_sale

    Do movies with different themes and monsters, etc...That movie is a gem.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Shirtless Tom Atkins? Yummmm

    by BigTuna

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST

    And being a little movie geek in training...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I knew it wasn't going to be the shape in Season of the Witch. I did, however, expect a witch. Someone up above said this was more a caper movie than a horror film and I think they hit the nail on the head. Except for the early scene where the bugs and snakes come out of the kid's head there just wasn't much horror in this one. And the Nelkin character makes no sense. If she's one of the robots why did she wait until Akins destroys everything she's in league with to turn on him? I mean, if she had done it at really almost any point earlier he would have been caught, killed, and crazy Druid Halloween could have gone on as planned. And seriously, if anyone has an answer to this question I would love to get it. It was a nice enough idea, I suppose, but the execution was just horrible. Like I said, though, gotta' love the Silver Shamrock song.

  • "Within a day of knowing each other, they’re already sleeping together." C'mon, it's Tom Atkins, the same guy that got Jamie Lee into bed in only 5 minutes in The Fog. The fact it took him a day to get her down and dirty only shows he was off his game.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST

    As a Movie itself....it's pretty original.

    by Darth_Kaos

    They should have never but the "Halloween" title in it. One of the best endings ever!

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST

    And by the way...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...the Donovan song is pretty cool too. When I look over my shoulder, What do you think I see? Some other cat looking over His shoulder at me And he's strange... Sure he's Strange...

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Two more days to Halloween, Halloween, Halloween...

    by Tom

    The only good thing about the movie- a ridiculously catchy horrible song!

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    darth_kaos...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...my problem with the ending is that Atkins gets on the phone with someone who seemingly has the ability to stop all the television channels (except that one). Who was this guy? Mr. Television? That's my own personal biggest problem with Season of the Witch. There were way too many moments that just pulled you up short thinking 'but that's not how things work' and at the same time it was way too nuts and bolts oriented (pun only marginally intended) to evoke the sort of dreamlike quality that would have let them get away with it.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST

    @red ned lynch

    by Darth_Kaos

    Actually I did have a problem with that also, but I love movie endings that don't have the text book Happy ending...Like, Se7en....That's the master of fucked up endings!

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Oh, and did you know Stacey Nelkin

    by TheGangBangTheory

    Was porked on a regular basis at the tender age of 17 by none other than that ugly, sick fuck Woody Allen? You do the math on how old he was. You're imagining him slamming away then crawling up to drop a load on that fresh face, aren't you? That's right, there is no god...

  • Robots, a creepy toy company, a murderously catchy jingle ... what's not to like?

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST

    darth_kaos...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...Amen to that, brother. You and me both.

  • How cool would that have been, if he actually did show up in the last five or ten minutes of the flick? As an android, no less, powered by a Shatner mask with a piece of ancient Stonehenge inside it? Heads would have exploded.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    thegangbangtheory ... thanks for the mental picture. Not.

    by ReportAbuse

    Too much information. Where's the brain bleach? Oh there it is.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST

    where is the video?

    by nametaken

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Halloween is my favorite horror film.

    by adeceasedfan

    I still haven't seen III. I think by the time I was old enough to see it, the die had already been cast. I've only known it as the one to avoid. Not to say I haven't been curious, who knows maybe this is the year. I never knew about the anthology. What a missed opportunity. They could've even brought back ol' Shatface™ in future installments and it probably would've worked out better than what we got.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    @johnary

    by adeceasedfan

    Maybe this will shut up your anti-video detractors. Doubt it.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:10 p.m. CST

    reportabuse

    by David Duchovny

    Jesus, what a great fucking idea!

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Take Halloween out of the title?

    by Aquanaut

    Halloween III actually earns it more than the first 2, which merely take place on the day. part III actually gets into the ancient cultural roots of Halloween and it's modern commercialization. i mean, a warlock tycoon, using commercials as a conduit for an ancient evil rite? the anti-corporatist message combined with ideas of religious paranoia and post-modern complacency and obliviousness is fairly brilliant for a cheesy 80's horror movie.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Nice right up, Ary . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    That kid death warped me as a kid. But the nudity snapped me out of it real quick. If that anthology flick, 'Nightmares' comes out on Blu, I want a write up of that. My sis and I wore that out on VHS. Bishop of BATTLE!!!

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Oh my God, what a stupid typo . . .

    by Nice Marmot

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Showing my age, but I remember getting wasted and seeing this

    by coosawatchie

    in the theater when it was first released. I actually thought it was a good horror movie.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST

    adeceasedfan

    by John Ary

    They can't say I didn't try.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    nice marmot

    by John Ary

    Thanks. If I ever come across Nightmares, I'll let you know!

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:54 p.m. CST

    nametaken

    by John Ary

    No video this time around, but wait until October. The plan is to have a horror review video everyday of the month featuring titles that are currently streaming online. Should be fun.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST

    nametaken

    by John Ary

    No video this time around, but wait until October. I plan to post a horror review video day of the month featuring films that are currently streaming online. Should be a lot of fun.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 10:09 p.m. CST

    CONAL COCHRAN LIVES!

    by Puf

    Great, underrated horror movie with one of my favorite movie villains. I agree that Stacey Nelkin had major boobage. Back in college I had sex with a girl who looked like her.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    johnary...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...that is a brilliant idea! you know...frogs is streaming on-line...the car is streaming...i think equinox is just on hulu plus, damn it...yeah, shutting up. Brilliant idea, though.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 10:51 p.m. CST

    hated this movie but not anymore

    by Matthew

    In the 90s as a teen I decided to watch every horror movie I could. Hated that Myers wasn't in three but now I wish they would of kept the anthology thing with Myers. I can not believe they made so many sequels that are basically the same damn movie including Friday the 13. makes me cringe how shitty some of those movies are but I used to love them. Halloween 1978 is the best followed by either 2 or 4 then the Rob Zombie one and then part 3. 5, 6, and Zombie's part 2 are horrible. H20 was ok I guess, the one with Busta Rymes where Michael kills Jamie Lee Curtus in the first ten minutes was fucking horrible and I couldn't finish watching it. Second thought H20 was crap LL cool J didn't die and it wasn't under water. The actor who played Dr Loomis was a great actor, he always warned everyone about Myers but they would never listen!

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Nigel Kneale...

    by habitualuser

    actually wrote the original screenplay, that's why it's one of the best Horror films of the 80's. I remember it getting excellent press reviews in the UK.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST

    I thought this was a rewritten Nigel Kneale script...

    by Mickey The Idiot

    ...rather than a tribute and that Kneale had his name taken off.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Agreed! A musical masterpiece. Carpenter genius.

    by plisskenman

    Halloween 3 sdtk one of the best horror scores ever.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    The guy who played MM in part 2 is in part 3 as an android

    by CountOrlok

    His name is Dick Warlock and he's a great guy if you ever get a chance to meet him.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST

    It shouldn't have been called Halloween

    by gaygoonie

    Epic Fail.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST

    and its plot hints at what was to come...

    by gaygoonie

    Madonna's satanic half-time show ritual where everyone sang along while she did all sorts of blasphemous, fucked up shit. Evil hag.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    I don't understand Ebert's original review.

    by MovieManStill

    It indicates some connections to the first two films, not mentioned here....or am I reading it incorrectly? Regardless, I saw this in the theaters, first-run - age of 20. I don't remember being "misled" - it was indicated by many reviewers that it is not a direct sequel. I recall liking it, but having some of the same "issues" discussed above. Was it truly a "flop"? Or just compared to the first two films? It more than made its budget back, especially considering video rentals and cable, within a year or two of its release....

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Should've been a different ending to the movie....

    by plisskenman

    After Dr. Challis (Atkins) screams No!!!!, then they cut away to signage ...Haddonfield Morgue...technicians talking about "ahh another dead slab here".."Hey isnt this the guy who killed 14 people last night?" Myers head clothed with a bed sheet rises still covered with the burns and grabs a scalpel. Sticks it right through one guys mouth all the way back and then with the same scalpel rips through the other guy stomach north to south. Myers then walks out of morgue through the hallways into darkness and end credits..

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 11:56 p.m. CST

    I can explain Stacybot, redned...

    by Homer Sexual

    Haven't seen this for a while, but have seen it at least twice... Stacy isn't initially an android. She is replaced, which is a reason some reference the Body Snatchers thing... How they had her android double handy is less clear, now that I think about it..

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST

    That was one reason I didn't like it back then..

    by Homer Sexual

    There were some weird things like the 9 pm and I always liked those heroines so her getting killed and replaced bummed me out at the time.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Watching on YouTube right now.

    by MovieManStill

    Forgot that "Nurse Agnes" is actress Maidie Norman, who played the maid in the original "Baby Jane." Atkins was 46/47 when filming this - what's so odd about bedding somebody half your age? Late 40s isn't ancient, kids.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 12:55 a.m. CST

    this movie is incoherent garbage give me a fucking break

    by raptorman

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 12:56 a.m. CST

    this movie is incoherent garbage give me a fucking break

    by raptorman

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Sorry but it was shit

    by BenBraddock

    and no doubt still is.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Wish this was a remake

    by INWOsuxRED

    A decent concept with too many problems to be great. Flesh out the villains a bit and keep the amazing music. Thie original always felt like it was being filmed as the first draft was being written. Polish it up and make a god movie. Just don't let Rob Zombie near it.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 2:32 a.m. CST

    People who were "misled" on release--

    by A_Banned_Apart

    --weren't paying attention. The advance press was extremely clear there would be no Michael in the film. But for people currently going through the 80s horror canon, I can understand being let down (assuming they read nothing about the film except the title.)

  • Yeah, there's plot holes all over which I noticed when I grew up but....heck, I still got love for it!! It's a good ol' B-movie/horror flick (loved the sci fi angle too).

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 3:24 a.m. CST

    I fucking LOVE this movie!

    by DocPazuzu

    I watch it every Halloween (along with The Fog and Dan Curtis' Dracula). Glad to see some love for this gem-in-the-rough. And what’s not to love here? Druids, clockwork robots, Stacy Nelkin, an awesome score and a cool-ass Tom Atkins in leisure slacks with a sixpack in his hand. And let’s talk about O’Herlihy’s amazing performance as Cochran. He’s more reptilian in this part than he was as Grig in The Last Starfighter. The utter and barely concealed contempt he struggles to control when meeting the obnoxious toy seller (the fat guy in The Beastmaster) is as hilarious as it is impressive. He smiles with everything except his eyes. Fantastic. The best part about this movie is how fucked up the actual story is. Seriously, how many horror movies today would actually have the balls to not only depict a plan where the mass murder of America’s children was in the offing but actually carry it out? With a graphic example of what would happen earlier in the film? Yes, attaching the name Halloween to the film killed it for sure. Simply calling it Season of the Witch would have made much more sense.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Oh, and John Ary?

    by DocPazuzu

    Doctor Challis is divorced in this movie. His ex is on his ass about not taking the kids on his designated weekends, not about not coming home as it were. Also, we only saw the Silver Shamrock commercials in one time zone. Obviously, in other time zones different times would have been announced.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 3:36 a.m. CST

    I forgot to mention...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...that supremely creepy scene with the woman who tries to jimmy open one of the chips from Cochran's masks only to have a fucked up magic laser beam fired into her face, which subsequently splits open, allowing spiders to crawl out. Nice.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Kneale

    by HornOrSilk

    He wrote the original script for the film. But Carpenter wanted to make it more violent, and so when they added scenes which didn't go with the creepy-magical-mystical that Kneale wanted, he said do whatever you want, take my name off of it. I've heard about 60% of the film his from him, but some of the big plot points (Stonehenge) were not. I don't know how much of that is true, having not read the original.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the spoiler box

    by James

    It's good to see that some writers on this site have respect for the readers, unlike petulant bad attitude Nordling.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 4:42 a.m. CST

    I liked it...

    by HughHoyland

    Allthough the absence of Myers did throw me off at first as I'm sure it did a lot of fans. But IMO taking Halloween 3 into a different area was/is a good idea instead of doing a rehash of the first 2 stories. I think if a viewer watches the movie with the idea that it's not about MM, they'll actually enjoy its creepy and suspensful vibe. And as John Ary points out it, was made and produced by the same people who did many of the great horror movies of the 80's. So its a solid product for sure. And who can dislike Tom Atkins (Night of the Creeps being his best IMO).

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 4:59 a.m. CST

    New Halloween, New Film, New Thrills, New Horrors

    by albert comin

    I was not disapointed that Halloween 3 had nothing to do with Michael Meyers, i accepte the movie for what it was and i just went with the groove of the thing. But i'm weird that way. I should had pissed on it like everybody else.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 5:26 a.m. CST

    @Mr docpazuzu

    by albert comin

    I love to see your enthusiasm for this movie and your passionate defense. While i do not have the same high opinion of it as you do, i think it's great that this movie has such a devoted paladin like you. This underrated gems deserve such strong support like you do. I'm quite inspired by your example.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Great film

    by Lampers

    Gave me nightmares as a kid. Glad it's getting the reassessment it deserves. Now Shout! please make this available in the UK. Or stop region coding your releases. I mean, what's the point?

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 6:05 a.m. CST

    lampers

    by DocPazuzu

    http://www.220-electronics.com/dvd/multi_region_blu_ray_dvd_player.htm Don't let region codes imprison you.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 6:05 a.m. CST

    I thought the film had a real freaky atmosphere, but...

    by Darkness

    they should have just called it "Season Of The Witch" and disassociate it from the "Halloween" franchise. There the film could have fared better, instead of being a disappointing "Halloween" flick. Why they did, the mind boggles. A really effective John Carpenter score though...surprised he actually wanted to be a part of it.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Why they called it Halloween is easy to understand

    by HornOrSilk

    They didn't think Halloween had to be about Michael. That only came after this film.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 6:46 a.m. CST

    always wanted to see Stacey Nelkin's tits in the 80s

    by theDORK

    She was the girlfriend in Up The Academy, appeared in a bra. Halloween III was the closest we got to seeing her topless...a shame it never happened. FYI, she's now hosting a regular call-in/advice on dating or relationships-type internet radio show. You can find it online somewhere. She was/is married with kids, and nowhere near as hot as she was 30 years ago. Not her fault...just the passage of time.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Most poorly-marketed film ever

    by shaneo632

    Just a way to piss everyone off expecting Myers to show up. Terrible.

  • I grew up watching this right along with the other Halloween movies and never had a problem with it;s lack of Michael Myers. For me the killers in the slasher flicks weren't the entire reason they were good anyway. Love Tom Atkins, Love Silver Shamrock, Love the score, love the masks, love nancy loomis as the shrew of a wife, and most of all love fat little buddy jr getting his face melted into a million vile things.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Michael Myers is in the movie in two instances

    by Katet19

    The cameo mentioned above on the bar television, and Dick Warlock who played Myers in Halloween II is the Android "assassin", he basically gives the same performance but without a mask.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Carpenter's Music

    by Dzobi_Droid77

    is my sole reason for even remembering this film. Sorry, no amount of nostalgia will elevate it for me. I thought it was a campy miss-fire.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    The novelization

    by Blu Gilliand

    As someone mentioned above, the Halloween III novelization by Dennis "Jack Martin" Etchison is a good read if you can find it. I always thought they kind of missed an opportunity to tie in the Michael Myers story using the mask idea others have mentioned - having his mask be a Silver Shamrock product. I guess they really wanted to distance the franchise away from Myers, though. Kind of glad they didn't go with it - I've always preferred the secrecy around Myers that Carpenter kept in the original film.

  • Tom Atkins growing more and more frantic to the point of screaming into the phone to the FCC to get them to kill all TV broadcast across the country as the commercial begins to play. "Turn it off! Turn it off!!! TURN IT OFF!!!!!" Fade to black. Pretty disturbing.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    It's a good spooky film. But calling it Halloween 3 was a big mistake.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST

    I think Halloween 2 is such a weak sequel . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . just like every other sequel featuring Mr. Myers. I think they should have made Season of the Witch Halloween II and kept on w/ their plan for a different story/theme for each Halloween film.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Rewatchable year after year....

    by keylimepirate

    A great idea executed with panache. You've got the score, the moody photography from Dean Cundey, and those masks. I mean, spiders and snakes coming out of kids' mouths. Who can forget that? But I do remember kids being mad that Michael wasn't in it. It was featured in the first issue of Fangoria I ever bought.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Bring on the Halloween Anthology

    by cwalker28

    The Anthology idea was actually very good. Instead of remaking every classic horror movie ever done why doesn't someone in Hollywood snatch up this idea!

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    The novelization was great too...

    by keylimepirate

    I'll never forget the description of Challis "filtering bourbon through his teeth."

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Challis and his wife were divorced

    by keylimepirate

    Which is why he could take off with the six pack and the babe.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 9:21 a.m. CST

    MM is in Halloween 3-

    by Dan

    Look for one of the guys in a lab coat sifting through some ashes. The review is accurate, but for its wierdness, it works. The bad guy's motivations don't make much sens; killing kids? why? They should have thrown a revenge angle in there instead. That creepy jingle sticks in your head and the simple designs, made me very uncomfortable as a kid. I remember reading about this in MONSTERS magazine... I'd like to think Halloween ended with this one... I support the anthology idea too... not sure why this hasn't been done...every October, a new story centered around Halloween is released... how cool would that be?

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Myer killed people before he wore the mask...

    by Dan

    It could have explained why he was shot in the eyes and blown to bits in Part 2 and shows up barely injured in part 4.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Challis "filtering bourbon through his teeth."

    by DocPazuzu

    Okay, that does it. I can't live without that book. Must. Obtain. Now.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Do we need a "Spoiler Alert" for a 30 year old movie?

    by JGer

  • It's a solid Carpenter flick, but I was WTF in the theater. They should have conveyed the anthology idea better or just titled it Season of the Witch

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Totally underrated

    by ghoulstock

    If they had just released this film as "Season of the Witch", without the Halloween 3 title, it would've gone over a lot better. Sure, it's a silly movie (EVIL TOY COMPANY!) but it's damn fun, and it has some damn disturbing parts in it, as well as some great 80's era gore. And it has the balls to kill a kid (and annoying kid at that!) And that ending, with Tom Atkins freaking out and it just cuts, is bleak and awesome.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Michael Myers does in fact makes an appearance in Halloween Three

    by theycallmemrtibbs

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    John Carpenters Halloween is being played on the television in the background

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    of the room Conal Cochran tells Dr. Challis his evil plan.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    God bless the 80's/90's...

    by HughHoyland

    Many of the Sci-fi/Horror movies from that period were wonderful satirical looks at America and where we, as a society, were and may be heading (Robo Cop, Running Man, Halloween 3, ect.) Starship Troopers perhapes being the last one. How close is that one to fact.

  • Grig....(followed by a hearty chortle)...

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!

    by gimpmonster

    Yeah, it's total garbage, so why do I like it? I just love the atmospheric feel of the movie and how it feels truly like Halloween (the occasion, not the first two movies). Now don't get me wrong, the original first movie is fantastic and one of my all-time favourites. That being said, as a pure guilty, cheesy pleasure this one works fantastically well. Just shut your brain off and watch. Tom Atkins rules!!!

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST

    I actually read the BOOK first...

    by Stan Arthur

    Just before the film came out, the novelization of the screenplay came out in paperback. I was excited about it and read it cover to cover in one day. In my mind, it was the scale of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Then I saw the film. It was low budget and the big finale was very cheesy effects-wise. What a let down. Now I'd have to say it's a typical slice of 80's high-concept horror with bungled execution. It could have been SO much better.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Lots of fancy talk about a shitty movie

    by corplhicks

    You can serve McDonald's at Danielle in NYC, but the food is still shit.

  • That scene got groans in the theater

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Michael Myers should behead this movie

    by Hockey Mask

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Stacey Nelkin was filthy.

    by BiggusDickus

    That is all.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    Could they make a sequel to only THIS movie? Halloween III II?

    by Baron Karza

    Branch off this property? Halloween 3 2: The Beginning

  • It makes him Mitt Romney. Ha! Tha's right, bitches, I said it!

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Wow, I'm surprised at the reactions here...

    by Jon Forbing

    We got everyone here from haters of the film to fanatics. For my part, I always thought it was kind of a shitter (and I'm the guy who's usually DEFENDING movies on here), though that death scene (head-melting kid) was pretty effective. Even when I first watched it, sitting there making fun of what I was watching, I remember watching silently through that scene before remarking "Goddamn. Well played, Halloween III." As an interesting aside, and I hope no one else has mentioned this (I read through the comments, but didn't click every single one), the article makes it sound like Carpenter made Halloween and Halloween II, then decided to turn the series into an anthology. Actually, it had been planned as an anthology series from the beginning, but the original did so good that the studio insisted on another Michael Myers flick. Honestly, it seems like he should have just iven up on the idea after 2, and this movie could have been its own thing (the "Season of the Witch" many have suggested above). As far as Halloween anthology films, I wouldn't mind getting another "Trick'R Treat" every few years. That movie's the shit.

  • ...makes me think that John Ary didn't even watch the movie. That "Two more days 'til Halloween, Halloween, Halloween" song is such a freaking weird earworm of a song that it pretty much IS the movie. Great, now I'm going to have that goddamned song in my head for the rest of the day. Thanks, AICN!!

  • CHECK IT OUT, I AIN'T BULLSHITTING!

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 11:29 p.m. CST

    TRICK R TREAT was the Shiiiit! wish they made a sequel

    by plisskenman

    That was a movie in the mindset of H3 that for some stupid reason the studios wouldn't release it in theaters.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 11:34 p.m. CST

    @astronaut, NICE info dude. Wow never got to see that in the theater...

    by plisskenman

    I will now! Hope they also release the original H2 in theaters too!

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Trick R Threat should have been good but it sucked

    by chien_sale

    I didn't like one story during this anthology. The only thing that was great was the trailer.

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    easily the best halloween sequel

    by MST3KPIMP

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    plisskenman

    by Jon Forbing

    Word. Best horror anthology in years, and Sam is possibly my favorite horror mascot EVER. chien_sale: Surprised you didn't like it. You're actually the first person I've ever heard say they didn't, but I guess everyone's entitled to their own opinon.

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    angelfan15

    by John Ary

    I left out any mention of the Silver Shamrock song for that very reason.... Crap, now I got it back in my head. Damn you angelfan15!!!

  • I wonder if with today's sound lab technology and that synth hypnotic sound playing at max like in the movie, it could possibly kill a kid. Creepy

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Trick R Treat=shit.

    by Polo Chavez

    It was made for the Hall H line cloggers.

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