Review: ‘Halloween III – Season of the Witch’

There's not much to say about Halloween III that hasn't already been said about either of the other two Halloween pics or a slew of imitators.

There’s not much to say about Halloween III that hasn’t already been said about either of the other two Halloween pics or a slew of imitators.

Interesting to note here is producer Debra Hill’s earlier claim that this film would steer clear of gore and blood and instead go for the science fiction paranoia genre of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Apparently, yanking someone’s head off their shoulders, shoving fingers down a man’s eyeballs or inserting a power drill in a woman’s head don’t qualify as particularly disgusting.

There is the tired old cliche of a crazed toy manufacturer (in this case he makes Halloween masks), the fearless couple out to figure what’s ‘really’ going on, and plot holes big enough to shoot another film through. On the latter note, Nigel Kneale, credited screenwriter all through production, somehow managed to get his name removed from the credits.

Halloween III - Season of the Witch

Production

De Laurentiis. Dir Tommy Lee Wallace; Producer John Carpenter, Debra Hill; Screenplay Tommy Lee Wallace, [Nigel Kneale]; Camera Dean Cundey; Editor Millie Moore; Music John Carpenter, Alan Howarth Art Dir Peter Jamison

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1982. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Tom Atkins Stacey Nelkin Dan O'Herlihy Ralph Strait Michael Currie Jadeen Barbor
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