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Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
USA / English
"...and now the earth will run with blood again! [Australia, Video] "
A large Halloween mask-making company has plans to kill millions of American children with something sinister hidden in Halloween masks.
Tom Atkins Dr. Daniel 'Dan' Challis
Stacey Nelkin Ellie Grimbridge
Dan O'Herlihy Conal Cochran
Michael Currie Rafferty
Ralph Strait Buddy Kupfer
Jadeen Barbor Betty Kupfer
Brad Schacter 'Little' Buddy Kupfer Jr. (as Bradley Schachter)
Garn Stephens Marge Guttman
Nancy Kyes Linda Challis
Jonathan Terry Starker (as Jon Terry)
Al Berry Harry Grimbridge
Wendy Wessberg Teddy
Essex Smith Walter Jones
Maidie Norman Nurse Agnes
John MacBride Sheriff
Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
Producer: John Carpenter,Debra Hill
Writer: Tommy Lee Wallace
Just as bad as its reputation suggests
"Halloween III" is the worst of the series. Not because of Michael's absence, but because it's a major bore, plain and simple. There's the germ of a good idea: a mysterious death is linked to an evil warlock, who plots an elaborate scheme to return the holiday to its darker roots. The concept is intriguing, but the execution is silly at best and irritating at worst. Did they really have to keep showing that damned Shamrock commercial? Once or twice is enough as it is.

Generally speaking, the performances are stilted and wooden, especially from Tom Atkins. I suspect that merely reflects the actors' boredom; they don't seem to find the material any more exciting than the viewer. Dan O'Herlihy is the only one who seems to be enjoying himself. I wonder if he had second thoughts upon viewing the completed film.

Upon retrospect, it was probably unwise of John Carpenter to attempt to make the popular franchise an anthology series. Most people who pay to get in a movie with the "Halloween" name expect to see the masked Michael Myers. Therefore it is no surprise that audiences openly rebelled, and the third installment bombed at the box office. With the benefit of a full two decades between then and now, we can examine the situation dispassionately, and ask, "is "Halloween III" a good movie after all?" Sadly, the answer is a resounding "no!" It was awful back then, and time has not been kind to the film. Without the "Halloween" label, it would have quickly slid into obscurity.

* (out of ****)

Released by Universal Pictures

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:DVD
Imdb rating: 3.5
Musician: John Carpenter
Running time: 99 min
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]; Stereo [English]
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3