Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (1982)
Starring: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O’Herlihy, Michael Currie, Ralph Strait
Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace
An evil toymaker (O’Herlihy) plans to use masks to murder children across America on Halloween night…..
In a nutsell, the movie is much like a cross between Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and The Wicker Man.
In other words, an original take on the Halloween franchise which disregards the killer from the previous films, Michael Myers, in order to peddle a dark fairytale. Halloween 3 is a stand-alone movie in this respect and whilst it is admirable for the producers to try and do something different, the end-product is intensely disappointing.
The plot is interesting but does feel like a piece which would be better-placed on The Twilight Zone – it certainly isn’t clear to me that the big screen was the best way to present this visually. Furthermore, the execution is poor – primarily this seems to be down to the very bizarre scriptwriting, but isn’t helped by the hammy performances of O’Herlihy – who has a very strange role as an evil Willy Wonka type – and Atkins.
Carpenter’s synth-score and the memorable, if graphically sickening, set-pieces showing the effects of the demonic masks (you’ll know what I mean…) save this from a very low-rating indeed. An unpleasant fairytale which drains the viewer.
hotdog rating: 3/10.