10/6/14 – 2014 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #6 – Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

Halloween III

Yep, I’m going there. I’m voluntarily entering the conversation into one of the most discussed and disagreed upon horror sequels out there. Halloween III: Season of the Witch is thought by many as a travesty, a wild misstep, and a complete failure. But I’m here to say NAY! It’s none of those things. In fact, I thoroughly enjoy this bizarre 80’s sci-fi (for those who haven’t seen it, yes, I said sci-fi) Halloween romp. This 80’s movie is a lot of fun in current viewings, goes some seriously odd directions, and gets the Jeff Dixon nod for some ballzy originality in a threequel. By now, most of you know the story behind this movie. After the first two movies that featured Michael Myers, the producers decided to go another direction, and attempted to make a different type of Halloween movie all together. The thought at the time was to create a completely new Halloween story each year, almost like a film version of an anthology. So this time around there is no Michael Myers, no Dr. Loomis, nothing connected to the first two movies at all (sans a few nods in the form of Jamie Lee Curtis’ recorded voice on the phone, and the fact that the TV is showing the original Halloween as part of the horror marathon.) Here, this movie centers around a Halloween mask maker that is aggressively marketing three unique new masks for kids. Seems benign until a frenzied man clutching a mask and warning everyone that they’re all going to die is brutally murdered in a hospital. Cue Dr. Tom Atkins and the murdered man’s daughter’s investigation into what’s going on. From here throw in a bunch of emotionless, suit-wearing men, a “London Bridges” TV commercial that incessantly runs counting down the days to Halloween, a factory town with curfews for all the mask workers, a prevalent Irish theme going on for some reason, Stonehenge (yes, you heard me), a few moments of shocking gore, and some insane twists and turns… and you’ve got the makings for one hell of a Twilight Zone episode. Yes, I know Twilight Zone and Halloween seem unrelated, but they are here. And to me it just works in wonderful 80’s style. Look, it’s full of madness, it’s full of plot holes, it’s got zero to actually do with witches, but it’s gleefully bizarre, and I love it. Come for the awesome computer “graphics” (state of the art at the time), stay for Tom Atkins’ bare ass. Yep, it’s all in there. I stand by Halloween III in all of its ridiculous yet fun as hell glory. So there.

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