Day #31: Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

Plot: A diabolical toymaker manufactures millions of Halloween masks designed to spread evil on October 31st.

Halloween III is notoriously known as the outcast of the Halloween franchise.  Why?  It’s the only film in the series not to feature Michael Myers.  While I’ve seen most of the Halloween movies several times, I’d never seen Season of the Witch even once.  I think I avoided it for so long because I heard such awful things and didn’t really care to watch a Halloween devoid of its iconic killer.  Well, the time has come.  Thirty days down and one to go.  What better way to finish October than with the only Halloween movie I’d yet to see???

Halloween III: Season of the Witch is nowhere near as bad as I was led to believe.  The score is awesome, the acting is quite solid, the death scenes are good, and I found the ending quite satisfying.  The biggest mistake this movie made was being named Halloween III.  From IMDB’s trivia page:

After Michael Myers died at the end of Halloween II, the plan by John Carpenter was to make a new “Halloween” movie each year, each telling a different Halloween-related story. After this movie underperformed at the box office, the film-makers decided to bring Michael back to life for future sequels. 

It turns out Halloween III is the victim of shitty marketing.  This movie easily could have, and definitely should have, been called something else.  I understand the hatred, but I think it’s a tad misplaced.  Is Halloween III really worse than the other sequels?  I don’t think so.  At least Halloween III took a fresh angle.  Halloween 4 and beyond recycle the same unstoppable killer plot without any logical explanation.  Again, this movie is more a victim of its title than anything else.  Not great by any means, but definitely not horrible.  I actually liked it.  If preconceived notions are keeping you at bay, grow a pair and take the plunge.

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