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Halloween III: Season of the Witch! Halloween 3
by: -RoG-

Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Also known as "The Night Nobody Came Home" and "The Last Halloween". I have to say, it took a lot of guts to make this movie. John Carpenter had already changed the horror genre forever and people had themselves a new horror hero in the form of Michael Myers. So what does Tommy Lee Wallace do? He produces a new movie using the same "Halloween" title, yet abandons the Michael Myers storyline for something completely different. Fans weren't just upset about this decision... they downright hated it.

I'm sure that I'm in the minority here, but I absolutely love this movie. If you put aside the whole Michael Myers ordeal and look at it simply as an old horror movie, it's a total classic. The story is all about an old toymaker's conspiracy to kill lots 'n lots of kids on Halloween. As many of you know, killing children has always been one of those taboo subjects in films. Honestly, I don't think enough horror movies do it. So let's take a closer look at what, in my opinion, is highly underrated horror flick.

Oh and in case you were wondering... no that's not me throwing all Photoshop skills out the window. That graphic up there is actually the title graphic they used in the movie. Awesome.

car problems?

It all starts off with an old guy Harry Grimbridge. He's running frantically with a Halloween pumpkin mask in his hands from some young guys in suits. One of them captures him in that same classic "Oh I won't run after you, I'll just walk slowly and somehow still manage to catch you" horror movie kind of way. Harry is being choked to death but he manages to remove the wedge from underneath the tire of a nearby parked car. The car then rolls right into the guy in the suit and crushes him as Harry runs off into the night.

hooray for tv!

Shortly after, Harry makes his way to a nearby gas station and the attendant is watching TV when a commercial comes on. The commercial is advertising Silver Shamrock Novelties' line of popular Halloween masks - A skull, a pumpkin, and a witch. "It's almost time, kids. The clock is ticking. Be in front of your TV sets for the Horrorthon, followed by the Big Giveaway. Don't miss it. And don't forget to wear your masks. The clock is ticking. It's almost time."

HAPPY HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
SILVER SHAMROCK!

The commercial progresses into various shots of kids bobbing their heads to the infamous Silver Shamrock theme song while wearing each of the 3 masks. Now I warn you; the Silver Shamrock theme song will get in your head and will not leave. It will stay in there and you will soon wish you had never heard it. No matter what you listen to for the next month, that song will continue to pop back into your thoughts and drive you mad. Then again, I think that's pretty much what all children's music is meant to do. Even come Christmas time when all of those catchy holiday tunes are being overplayed on every radio station, you'll still be humming the Silver Shamrock theme.

No old man, they're only gonna kill you cuz you took their mask.

Harry collapses to the ground with the mask still in hand and keeps mumbling something about, "They're going to kill us. All of us! All of us!" Well, the gas station attendant does what any good citizen would do; he douses Harry in gasoline and then sets him on fire. No, he takes Harry to the local hospital of course. Harry keeps talking about how "they" are gonna kill everyone, yet in classic style... he can't elaborate any further on just who "they" are or how they're going to "kill" us all. Unfortunately for Harry, it appears that one of those guys in the fancy suits followed him back to the hospital.

nice gloves

The man in the suit casually walks into Harry's room when nobody is around. He may be a small guy, but he still has that same eerie patience and calm that Michael Myers has when stalking a victim.

I'VE GOT YOUR NOSE!
This is how they did Rhinoplasty in the 80s

He also appears to have the same strength as you evidenced by the fact that he just crushed Harry's nose with his bare hands. It might not have the same basic plot as the other Halloween movies, but clearly the kills are up to par.

Today he would've shot himself because gasoline is just too expensive to be wasting like that.

The nurse completely freaks out upon discovering Harry's mashed face and she points to the man in the suit who walks out of the hospital. Dr. Daniel Challis tries chasing after him, but as you already know, in the world of horror movies, walking is faster than running. The guy in the suit douses himself in gasoline and sets himself on fire. And no I'm not kidding this time. The car explodes shortly thereafter and the good doctor is left to wonder what in the hell just happened.

HI! WE JUST MET! LET'S GO ON A TRIP!

Later on, the daughter of Harry Grimbridge, Ellie, shows up to find out what happened. Well she tracks down the doctor at a local bar and they get to talking about how the last place Harry was known to be was in Santa Mira apparently trying to find out why they weren't taking orders for the masks the following year. Naturally, the doctor clears everything on his schedule (including his own family) and goes on a long drive out to Santa Mira with this young woman he just met.

Hey... it could happen.

Like sands through the hourglass, these are the days of our lives...

They arrive in Santa Mira and discover that the whole town has a heavy Irish theme to many of the shops. Shamrock Savings bank, the Dublin Inn, and of course the pride and joy of the town - Silver Shamrock Novelties. The good doctor and Ellie decide that it'd be better off if they develop a plan before just barging into Silver Shamrock asking what happened to her father. So they rent a room and what follows is pure hilarity. It's like they ripped a page right out of the daytime drama show handbook...

Dr Challis: Maybe I ought to get another room.

Ellie: That would look sort of suspicious, wouldn't it?

Dr Challis: What I mean is, if it'd make you more comfortable... I can sleep in the car - it'd be a lot better than this floor, anyway.
 
Ellie: (looks towards him with hungry eyes) But where do you want to sleep, Dr. Challis?

Dr Challis: (deep pause) That's a dumb question, Miss Grimbridge.

And then they begin to suck face. Man... I really want that to happen to me just to see what it's like.

RoG: I can sleep in the car - it'd be a lot better than this floor, anyway.
 
Woman I just met: But where do you want to sleep, RoG?

RoG: Did you not hear me? I just said I want to sleep in the car, you friggin' slut!

Hey, you have your fantasy and I have mine...

Every town has an angry drunk... even towns filled with evil.

Well 6pm rolls around and I'm sorry to report that the town of Santa Mira doesn't have much of a nightlife. In fact, there are loudspeakers all over the town telling everybody to confine their activities to inside their homes because it's now curfew. A 6pm curfew? Yeah, I wouldn't make any road trip plans to check this place out.

The most exciting person in the whole place is the town drunk, Starker. He's the only one breaking curfew and begins to rant to the doctor about how Conal Cochran, the owner of Silver Shamrock Novelties, wouldn't give him a job. Starker says Cochran only hired people from out of town and goes on to say how he's gonna get himself "a case and a half of molotov cocktails and burn that son of a bitch right down!" I'm really liking this Starker guy. He's a man with a plan. Sadly, that plan is about to have a huge setback.

Relax, they just want to see your pretty mouth

Starker returns to his shack in the middle of a junkyard and makes a nice cheese-whiz sandwich for himself. Not only is he a man with a plan, but he clearly appreciates the finer things in life. His tasty treat is interrupted by two of those creepy guys in the suits. They make him get on his knees and and first glance, it looks like they're about to rape him. Don't worry, it's nothing like that. They just want to tear his head off.

Don't lose your head over it!
He wins the staring contest :(

Where do they find these creepy guys in the suits anyway?

note to self: don't stick hairpins into computer chips

Back at the motel, a lady who's in town to pick up some more masks to sell notices that the Silver Shamrock "quality inspection seal" has fallen off one of the masks. When she flips the seal over she notices a small computer chip embedded in its back. Being the electrical engineer that she is, she starts poking at it with a hairpin and...

OOOOOH! A LASER LIGHT SHOW!
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZAP!

AM I PRETTY?
QUIT BUGGIN' OUT, LADY!

She is blasted straight in the face from the seal with a powerful laser beam and it's quite clear that she's dead. If the fact that her entire mouth has been destroyed didn't clue you in on her being dead, perhaps the fact that there are now bugs climbing out of the gaping hole will. This isn't your typical laser beam that burns holes in a person's face. No, this laser beam burns a hole in your face and then makes insects magically appear inside said hole. John Carpenter had a thing for bugs back in the 80's though as you can see in his movie "Prince of Darkness".

IT'S ALRIGHT FOLKS! NOTHING TO SEE HERE!

Conal Cochran shows up shortly after and when he asks what happens, someone mumbles something about a "misfire". He explains to the other motel guests that this woman simply had an accident and will receive the best medical treatment available. According to Cochran, the Silver Shamrock factory has it's own advanced medical facility inside it! No wonder people are getting suspicious... I can't think of too many novelty factories that have their advanced medical facilities.

WILL THE SILVER SHAMROCK FACTORY BECOME THE
NEW SET FOR A TWISTED SPIN-OFF OF "E.R." ?
WILL THE CREEPY GUYS IN SUITS ATTACK MORE
DRUNKS WHO ENJOY CHEESE-WHIZ SANDWICHES?

Click onward to page 2 and find out!


 

 

Reader Comments

Pickled Patriarch
Oct 16th, 2009, 05:41 PM
Those of you who viewed my coverage of the 2009 Halloween Horror Nights saw that the "Life and Crimes of Michael Myers" maze had a special room dedicated to Halloween III: Season of the Witch. In celebration of this, I went ahead and updated my old article about the movie and put it into the new site template so you guys can finally talk about it on here! Happy, Happy Halloween! Silver Shamrock!
Unfunny Python Reference
Oct 16th, 2009, 05:51 PM
Please do this for Dock Mock
taco loving zombie
Oct 16th, 2009, 06:09 PM
i watched this movie yesterday is really good i also noticed the doctor is a character from prince of darkness
Pickled Patriarch
Oct 16th, 2009, 06:10 PM
Ex Leper: I would love to show it on Doc Mock (along with many other favorite films o' mine), but we'd need to get the rights to do so from whoever currently owns the film, and they'd probably charge a small fortune.

Darkvare: You're confusing Tom Atkins (Halloween 3) with Jameson Parker (Prince of Darkness). It's probably because of the mustache.
The best...around
Oct 16th, 2009, 06:37 PM
STOP IT !!!
taco loving zombie
Oct 16th, 2009, 07:52 PM
you are right moustaches do tend to blind me with their awesomeness
Forum Virgin
Oct 16th, 2009, 10:01 PM
Saw this back when it first came out, and boy was I disturbed. That whole snakes in the head thing made me nauseous as a kid. It wasn't Michael Myers, but it was somehow worse.
Member OfThe Pigmask Army
Oct 16th, 2009, 11:10 PM
Oh my god, there's a mask for Micheal on the Side, DEAR GOD IT LOOKS AWFUL! XD Here it is.
pickled
Oct 17th, 2009, 12:16 AM
I always enjoyed this movie. Kinda gotta turn your brain off for a bit, though.
King of the Monsters
Oct 17th, 2009, 12:36 AM
didn't you already cover this movie before??? *could've sworn you had* Unless you just felt like sharing it again with us, which is totally cool.
Pickled Patriarch
Oct 17th, 2009, 12:46 AM
Primortal: Read the first comment in this Halloween III discussion thread
Forum Virgin
Oct 17th, 2009, 01:27 AM
The Irish theming of the town reminds me of a town I drove through when on a road trip once. It is in the Texas panhandle and it is called Shamrock, and the town has an irish theming to it, though I do not know if there is a toy factory there. That would be awesome though.
Member
Oct 17th, 2009, 06:46 AM
You know what I always enjoyed about the complaints about this movie? It's always the fact that this film is "shapeless" it never has anything to do with the robots. I mean seriously if Myers was in it nobody would have a problem with life-like frikkin androids in the film!!!

Like yourself though, EXCEPT for the robots I found the film to be very enjoyable. It's a very scary concept if you think of it (a carrier wave like tv killing you). Also very timely at the time of release for such a concept as the "evil" that is cable television is finally hitting the high levels of saturation it is today. The more frightning thing is there is technology to do this sort of thing RIGHT now! Now making your head melt and turn into bugs an snakes no, but a specilized tv signal that'll cause nausia on the low end and seizures or even death on the high end, hell yes it could happen! Just keep that in mind the next time you watch a republican town hall meeting on the tv.... they might try to just get rid of us.
With More Yes Than Ever
Oct 17th, 2009, 10:56 AM
Any chance of updating more of the old stuff in the future? Commenting is awesome.
Butt Wipe
Oct 17th, 2009, 11:55 PM
I wish this movie would have been successful so there would have been more Halloween movies with completely random plots. Really, are any of the Halloween movies with Michael Myers worth seeing after the first two?
Forum Virgin
Oct 18th, 2009, 01:23 AM
I absolutely loved this movie, I always looked at as what happened on that Halloween that Michael was resting up after being burned in part 2.
Fanboy
Oct 18th, 2009, 02:18 AM
Always loved this piece RoG, especially for that Cochran clapping animated-gif which is just pure win. (Bet you had a TIME making it).

Dan O'Herlihy is my favorite thing about this flick. He's one of the best horror baddies ever, and he doesn't need to chop up a single amorous babysitter. That's why I kind of prefer him as a villain rather than young Michael Myers.

Plus there's the Santa Mira in-joke, which is a little piece of gold.
the axe and the smasher
Oct 19th, 2009, 01:08 AM
I love this movie, no matter how flawed. I remember my local channels running the trick or treating scene as part of their Halloween programming bumpers.
I am Johnny Luchador
Oct 19th, 2009, 02:13 AM
I dont think this movie ever gets old to me.
Sloth, PhD
Oct 19th, 2009, 03:03 AM
Dammit... after 10 years, I'd finally got that fracking song out of my head, and you go and ram it right back in there. Silver Shamrock!
I am Johnny Luchador
Oct 19th, 2009, 11:53 AM
Even though it never gets old to me, I still question like half the stuff that happens in this movie. I mean, some of the deaths make no sense to what is going on with the movie, for example Robo Ellie. She's killed, then made into a robot, then killed again by a mighty pimp slap. I think the only reason I end up watching this movie in the series is for the Silver Shamrock song, and the ladys face getting melted by the laser.
bad case of the dead
Oct 19th, 2009, 05:34 PM
i saw this for the first time at your apartment in va. at the part when evol robots are running amok and busting down doors you mentioned offhandedly that robots hate doors. that just stuck with me for some reason :o
Forum Virgin
Oct 19th, 2009, 09:00 PM
I wish snakes would crawl out of MY melting, collapsing skull
King of the Monsters
Oct 21st, 2009, 01:40 PM
Oh... thanks for replying. ^^ now I know... and knowing is half the battle.
sadomasochist
Sep 11th, 2010, 04:55 PM
i wonder how long it took the guy to throw that mask up on the camera.....one of those 1 in 1000 shot
Member
Sep 13th, 2010, 01:38 AM
I like all the fake heads they used in this movie it's sort of hilarious
Forum Virgin
Oct 25th, 2011, 10:49 AM
good movie ,watched it last night
great special effects/and soundtrack from john carpenter
not connected to the original halloween,which makes it an enjoyable film,more in
the sci-fi/horror mode!!!!
The Medium-Height Man
Oct 25th, 2011, 06:29 PM
Got some typos in there, RoG. Don't worry, I've got it covered...

"Challis, being part doctor and part AWESOME..."

"He's going to FONDLE a ton of his across the nation this Halloween with his Silver Shamrock masks by melting their faces and turning them into a pile of insects 'n snakes."

"This guy IS a fucking STAR! TOM ATKINS IS THE STUFF DREAMS ARE MADE OF. THRILL ME."

I hope that helps. Maybe you should proofread your articles a little more closely.
Pickled Patriarch
Oct 26th, 2011, 12:03 AM
Heheh, nice "corrections" there, Wyckid. Believe me, I'm well aware of the genius that is Tom Atkins including his classic role in Night of the Creeps. I just wish he really was a huge star... then again, it's probably best we get to enjoy him in the realm of b-movies. I think that's where the guy was always meant to truly shine.
Forum Virgin
Oct 26th, 2011, 03:08 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by sonicteam3000 View Post
i wonder how long it took the guy to throw that mask up on the camera.....one of those 1 in 1000 shot
good one,great scene that,id say tom atkins was practising that a good few times
Pickled Patriarch
Sep 14th, 2012, 04:50 PM
There's a new "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" collector's edition DVD & Blu-ray coming out this month and I think the new artwork looks awesome. Take a look!

Pickled Patriarch
Oct 29th, 2012, 09:29 PM
Thought you guys would enjoy seeing this. It's an awesome Halloween III: Season of the Witch tourist print I picked up last month:


Visit historic Santa Mira - home of Silver Shamrock Novelties. Bring the kids! Tour the factory!

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