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Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Tom Atkins  Actor Stacey Nelkin  Actor Dan O'Herlihy  Actor Ralph Strait  Actor Michael Currie  Actor

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Contains:Violence,Graphic Violence,Adult Situations,Not For Children,Adult Language

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Halloween III: Season of the Witch

UPC: 826663135220

Studio: Shout Factory

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Violence, Graphic Violence, Adult Situations, Not For Children, Adult Language]

Summary: The only installment of the Halloween series to abandon the Michael Myers story line, Halloween III: Season of the Witch is an intricate sci-fi horror hybrid. A week before Halloween, an older man named Harry Grimbridge (Al Berry) is wounded by a mysteriously dispassionate group of assailants in an industrial parking lot. After receiving treatment at a local hospital from Dr. Dan Challis (Tom Atkins) -- a hard-drinking divorced father of two -- Grimbridge is killed by an assassin who later sets himself on fire. Blowing off his own kids, Challis teams up with Grimbridge's daughter, Ellie (Stacey Nelkin), to find out why the middle-aged toy salesman was murdered. The duo's search soon leads them to a Halloween-mask factory run by inventor and practical joker Conal Cochran (Dan O'Herlihy). In between bouts of passionate lovemaking, Ellie and Challis begin to realize that the sinister old businessman has something other than treats in mind for America's kids -- something to do with the Silver Shamrock masks that Challis' children and thousands of other youngsters have bought for the holiday. Original screenwriter Nigel Kneale, whose scripts for Britain's Quatermass TV series made him a beloved science fiction fixture, sued the producers of Halloween III to have his name removed from the credits after seeing the gory finished product; director Tommy Lee Wallace ultimately received screenplay credit. John Carpenter, director of the first Halloween film, co-produced the third installment with Debra Hill, who would later soldier on without Carpenter for additional, belated sequels. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Category: Horror

Features: Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Tommy Lee Wallace
Audio Commentary with Actor Tom Atkins
Stand Alone: The Making of Halloween lll: Season of the Witch featuring Interviews with Writer/Director Tommy Lee Wallace, Actors Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Brad Schacter, Stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock, Executive Producer Irwin Yablans, Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, Co-Composer Alan Howarth

Horror's Hallowed Grounds: The Locations Of Halloween lll Host Sean Clark and Writer/Director Tommy Lee Wallace revisit the original shooting locations of the film

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Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Format: Blu-ray

Release Date: 09/18/2012

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Cinemascope

Audio: DHHR, DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 99 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Jeremy Wheeler

Often maligned for being the lone Halloween entry not to star Michael Myers, Season of the Witch proves to be an exemplary installment of the series regardless. Aided by Dean Cundey's slick lensing and a throbbing score by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth (one of their best, in fact), this third entry sustains the mood of the first two films, while delivering a wholly unique take on a mask mythos. In the director's seat this time is Tommy Lee Wallace, a frequent Carpenter collaborator who amps up the gore (this was 1982, after all) while staying true to the drawn-out pacing that worked so well in previous films. While the famed mask killer makes only a brief appearance (in a coy post-modern twist), the mysterious boogeymen that appear throughout make a fitting replacement - especially since it usually ends with some kind of nasty onscreen death. Halloween III also marks a change in protagonists, from the 'final girl' archetype to yet another Carpenter vet, Tom Atkins, who anchors the film while going from an everyman to a raving Kevin McCarthy-like loon at the end. Time has indeed been kinder to the sequel, as genre enthusiasts become more vocal about their love of the movie. It's clear that film fans are more averse to it than fright fans, but taken on its own, Season of the Witch more than proves its merit. For proof, check out Dan O'Herlihy's stellar turn as Conal Cochran, never mind the kids in the melting masks, or simply the 'Silver Shamrocks' tune - all indelible moments in horror history. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: John Carpenter  Composer (Music Score) 
John Carpenter  Producer 
Debra Hill  Producer 
Alan Howarth  Composer (Music Score) 
Tommy Lee Wallace  Director 
Tommy Lee Wallace  Screenwriter 
Irwin Yablans  Executive Producer 
Irwin Yablans  Producer 
Joseph Wolf  Executive Producer 
Joseph Wolf  Producer 
Tom Atkins  Actor 
Stacey Nelkin  Actor 
Dan O'Herlihy  Actor 
Ralph Strait  Actor 
Michael Currie  Actor 
Jadeen Barbor  Actor 
Bradley Schachter  Actor 
Garn Stephens  Actor 
Michael Greene  Actor 
Susan Shaw  Actor 
Al Berry  Actor 
Essex Smith  Actor 
Maide Norman  Actor 
Loyd Catlett  Actor 
Paddi Edwards  Actor 
Nathaniel Merrill  Actor 
Patrick Pankhurst  Actor 
Joshua Miller  Actor 
Dick Warlock  Actor 

Country: USA