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.
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
* (out of ****)
Released by Universal Pictures
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