Halloween III: Season of the Witch

By Cal Wayne

Released: 1982

Written and Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace

Halloween III: Season of the Witch is kind of an insane curveball that was needlessly thrown in as a sequal to Halloween 1 & 2 despit only having very little connection to the original movies. By little connection, I mean that Michael Myers is actually not the bad guy in this movie, and nothing else relates to the first two movies either.

Trying to describe the plot to Halloween III is actually quite a chore, but I think that IMDB sums it up pretty well: "An apparent murder-suicide in a hospital emergency room leads to an investigation by the on-call doctor, which reveals a plot by an insane toymaker to kill as many people as possible during Halloween through an ancient Celtic ritual involving a stolen boulder from Stonehenge and Halloween masks." Yup, no Michael Myers, just an insane toy maker trying to use voodoo magic with Stonehenge rocks to kill children who buy his company's halloween masks. Oh, and there's also robots - I forgot about that - the guy has robots that kill people.

It's safe to say that Halloween III gets a TON of criticism, and while this criticism is rightfully deserved, it's being dished out for all the wrong reasons. Yes, Halloween III is nothing like the first two Halloween films - it doesn't include Michael Myers - while these things are true, they are certainly not why Halloween III deserves criticism. I dare say that if the film was just entitled 'Season of the Witch,' it would actually stand alone as just a weird horror film. Season of the Witch actually does have a very creepy atmosphere during the entirety of the movie. There's so much of that weird 80's synthesized music and lots of sharp camera work, and these elements actually really add to the film. This being said, the real reason that Halloween III deserves criticism is because the entire movie is completely fucking ridiculous, because, while this film may be cursed by it's title, it is a deeply flawed movie.

Halloween III indulges in the 7 deadly sins of film making, namely: 1. Sucking, 2. Sucking, 3. Not making any sense, 4.Not having real actors, 5. Sucking, 6. Sucking, and 7. Over-usage of the word "theocracy". Fuck everything about that movie.

Rating: 4/10

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