Halloween III: Season of the Witch

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In the third Halloween feature--which really has little connection to the previous two--the psychotic killer is a scientist (Dan O'Herlihy) who creates a brand of satanic Halloween masks which kill the children who wear them.

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (3)

  • The end result is a bit of a mess but hugely enjoyable, and often (thanks to Dean Cundey's camerawork and John Carpenter's close supervision as producer) as striking visually as its predecessors.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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  • This is one of those Identikit movies, assembled out of familiar parts from other, better movies.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Mr. Wallace clearly has a fondness for the cliches he is parodying and he does it with style.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • A goofy premise, but its distinctly 80s mix of sci-fi and horror works surprisingly well meshing perfectly with the Halloween theme.

    Jun 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Absolutely atrocious. I admire the fact that they did try to propel the story in a different direction. But the story they chose was insanely boring.

    Nov 2, 2018 | Rating: D- | Full Review…
  • Halloween III cynically critiques consumerism all while tethering itself to a brand name in the craven pursuit of more money.

    Oct 21, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Halloween III: Season of the Witch

  • Feb 16, 2016
    Halloween III is the third film in the original saga, and it doesn't have Michael Myers in it. This might be surprising to some people. The reason is because John Carpenter wanted to make his Halloween films a serialized story that focused on a different horror tale in each film. In fact, the only reason that the second film was about Michael Myers was because fans demanded a continuation of the original film. Halloween III tells the story of a mask-making company that is trying to turn children's heads into mush. Literally. A company called the Silver Shamrock has taken the nation by storm, but little do the parents know that when the children wear these masks and watch a commercial on Halloween, they will all die. This is supposed to be some kind of elaborate Druid sacrifice to the gods. The movie is accidentally funny at times. The doctor in the film who goes to investigate the mask-making company is not a very attractive man, traditionally speaking. Yet the movie is written such that all the women fall madly, deeply, quickly in love with them. The most unbelievable part of the film, actually, even more unbelievable than the Silver Shamrock plan to turn children's brains to much.
    Billie P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2015
    Halloween III has almost nothing to do with Michael Myers or the first 2 Halloween movies, other than a few jokey references to the original. However, moving on with a new story was a good idea, even if it was almost universally reviled upon its release. Since then, it has grown in popularity and has minor cult movie status. It was a modest financial success too, taking in 14 million on a 2.5 million budget. However, the series went dormant for about 5 years after this odd film came out to mostly groans. I enjoy this movie. Tom Atkins is always fun and, somewhat similar to Jamie Lee, made a career in the horror genre. The plot involves an old toy maker who is a sadist and wants to sacrifice millions of children on Halloween by creating evil masks which, when worn while watching a flashing commercial created by the evil company, will trigger a deadly reaction which causes death by melting, bugs, snakes and other gruesome deaths. The concept - planning to murder millions of innocent kids on Halloween to embrace an ancient festival of Samhain. Pretty repellent stuff, but the execution is somehow less offensive and pretty creepy and cheesy at the same time. It's hard to take this movie seriously, there are so many over the top scenes and Cochran, the evil mastermind, is fun and absurd. Not a "good" movie, but for an early 80's entry in the horror genre, this one is worth a look and is better than many, and is, at the very least, original.
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2013
    One of the most ill-conceived films in movie history, Halloween III: Season of the Witch is incredibly awful. Instead of continuing the Michael Myers saga, the series veers off into an unrelated story about robots and magic. It's the most convoluted and idiotic plot imaginable. The acting is just terrible, and the special effects are cheesy. Full of all kinds of craziness, Halloween III: Season of the Witch isn't so much a film as it's a steaming pile of crap.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2012
    The black sheep in the Halloween series is this entry that didn't involve Michael Myers and actually had the producers (Carpenter and Hill) use their initiative to come up with a completely differnt type of story. That it failed at the box-office is a shame as there is a lot that works really well here (the creepy masks, the mysterious suited henchmen, O'Herlihy from 'Robocop'). There is an underlying sense of dread and creepiness that reminded me of early Cronenberg and in fact the aforementioned suited baddies and the score remind me a lot of 'Videodrome' and 'Scanners'. Atkins is ok as the hero and Nelkin, although a pretty poor actress, is stunning. The shock ending is a bit ridiculous but fun and the fact that the film ends on a cliff-hanger works well. I saw the film on Blu-ray and it looked gorgeous. This film deserves to be rediscovered by horror fans. For me this is the 3rd best 'Halloween' film in the series (after the original and H20). If only they hadn't called it 'Halloween' it would have done so much better.
    David S Super Reviewer

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