Halloween III: Season of the Witch

  • 15
  • Tommy Lee Wallace (1982)
  • US
  • 92 min
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction horror starring Tom Atkins and Daniel O'Herlihy. An evil inventor in California develops a novelty mask with which he plans to kill the country's children on Halloween night. Doctor Dan Challis discovers the plot and begins a race against time to stop it.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Tommy Lee Wallace

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing and brief nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama