Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Tommy Lee Wallace (1982)

92min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
When this second sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 slasher masterpiece was released, critics slaughtered the film and horror fans bemoaned the absence of masked maniac Michael Myers. Even though the only link to the franchise is All Hallows Eve, there's still plenty of ghastly and shocking nastiness here, as malevolent toymaker Dan O'Herlihy hatches his nefarious plan to kill the children of America with a mass-produced line of lethal Halloween masks. Tom Atkins (a regular player in Carpenter's early films) plays the father who inadvertently stumbles across the evil scheme. True, it's no classic (despite Carpenter's editor Tommy Lee Wallace sitting in the director's chair) but then subsequent sequels featuring lurking loon Myers were pretty uninspired, too - certainly until the return of Jamie Lee Curtis with Halloween H20 in 1998. Ultimately, it's the lack of directorial finesse and the rancid look of the piece that condemns it to the sump of 1980s horror.

Summary

A doctor is suspicious when a patient is murdered by an assailant who subsequently kills himself. He and the victim's daughter investigate, leading them to the eccentric owner of a company manufacturing Halloween masks, who has tapped into dark magical forces and has sinister plans for the youngsters buying his wares. Horror, starring Tom Atkins and Stacey Nelkin.

Cast & Crew

Dr Dan Challis Tom Atkins
Ellie Stacey Nelkin
Conal Dan O'Herlihy
Buddy Ralph Strait
Rafferty Michael Currie
Betty Jadeen Barbor
Little Buddy Bradley Schachter
Marge Garn Stephens
Linda Challis Nancy Loomis
Starker Jon Terry
Technician Patrick Pankhurst
Harry Grimbridge Al Berry
Director Tommy Lee Wallace
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Contains violence, swearing and brief nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD

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