Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Halloween III: Season of the Witch

"Halloween III: Season of the Witch" (1982, Tommy Lee Wallace, Dino De Laurentiis Company, Universal Pictures) deviates from the usual Halloween film formula with no sign of our favourite masked murderer, Michael Myers (although we do see a bit of Halloween 1 on the TV in a few scenes).

One of the most anti-Halloween horror films I've seen, the plot is centred around Dr. Challis (Tom Atkins) who begins to investigate the devious Silver Shamrock Company with a woman called Ellie (Stacey Nelkin) upon the mysterious death of Ellie's father.

Silver Shamrock are plotting to kill millions of children on Halloween night through the use of free Halloween masks and a creepy advert. They're also Hell-bent on unleashing some evil upon the world! Pesky witches!

A strange film. I actually quite enjoy it, despite its lack of Michael. The concept is creepy, the advert is shudder-worthy and, despite a low budget, the film is well put together with a few funny scenes - all be they accidental.

It will also get the tune from 'London Bridge is Falling Down' in a Pac-Man-style stuck in your head, though!

[Image: Universal Pictures]