THAT’S NOT ROTTEN! ‘Halloween III’ Might Be the Most Misunderstood Film Ever Made

GameStop, Inc.

halloween3-1

Growing up in the era of the local video store, my friends and I used to discuss various movies worth spending those two dollars on renting. Some of us like the schlocky horror of the ‘80s – the Friday the 13ths, the Nightmare on Elm Streets, the Halloweens. Having seen and loved, as well as almost shit my pants, at the original Halloween, I devoured the sequels except for one – the 3rd film. There was the naïve belief amongst us that nobody watches Halloween III: Season of the Witch. It didn’t have Michael Myers and nobody likes it, just skip it. It was practically gospel. For one reason or another I let this misguided belief stay with me and I avoided Halloween III for a long time. Over the years I encountered more and more praise for the film I was assured that everybody hated. So I finally broke down and watched it. Guess what? Not only is the film not bad, it’s actually quite good. Its reputation is tied almost exclusively to expectations.

halloween3-4

Michael Myers was killed at the end of Halloween II (or was he?). Writer-director of the first film, John Carpenter, had an ambitious idea of how to keep the franchise going while steering clear of the masked killer. Halloween III was to be the first of a yearly Halloween movie that would deal with different spooky and supernatural tales that take place around the holiday. It was an interesting idea, a shame that Halloween III flopped and the 4th Halloween film would resurrect Michael Myers, who would be tied to the franchise through eternity. Despite its reputation, Michael Myers does appear in Halloween III, albeit in an advertisement for the television broadcast of Halloween, but he does appear.

Anyways, Halloween III starts out with a man running from mysterious suited figures. Finally reaching the hospital, the man, clutching a Halloween mask, yells, “They’re gonna kill us all!” When the patient is brutally murdered and the culprit burns himself to death, Dr. Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins) finds himself drawn into the mystery. He soon teams up with the dead man’s daughter, Ellie Grimbridge (Stacey Nelkin), to investigate the strange happenings. Suspecting that it may have to do with the Halloween masks manufactured by Silver Shamrock Novelties, the two travel to the company’s headquarters in Santa Mira. A town mostly populated by Irish immigrants, Santa Mira is a sleepy town run by the mysterious Silver Shamrock CEO, Cochran (Dan O’Herlihy). The plans of Silver Shamrock are far more nefarious than imagined, and could lead to the deaths of countless innocents.

halloween3-2

Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace, a longtime collaborator of John Carpenter, with a script credited solely to Wallace though Carpenter and Nigel Kneale did uncredited work, Halloween III attempted to break the tired pattern of horror sequels. Sadly, its failure led to the Halloween series reverting back to horror tradition – numerous sequels of diminishing quality featuring a villain that is incapable of being killed. Featuring cinematography from Carpenter’s longtime cinematographer Dean Cundey, Halloween III is shot as well as any of Carpenter’s finest works. The film also features music co-written by Carpenter and Alan Howarth, creating a new creepy, atmospheric sound that distances itself from Carpenter’s iconic theme.

What stands out most about Halloween III is its harsh critique of advertising, specifically advertising towards children. Silver Shamrock advertisements capture the attention of children while annoying adults. At first they’re written off as just another irritating advertisement, but as the film moves forward it’s revealed that there is something much more sinister at play. The film is also ahead of its time in understanding the future of corporate America would be rooted in a form of a surveillance state. Santa Mira is wired with cameras that are monitored at the Silver Shamrock headquarters, a form of metadata collection you might say. Silver Shamrock has no empathy for its customers or the general public, they only care about their twisted bottom line.

halloween3-3

It’s nice to see that Halloween III: Season of the Witch has undergone a critical and public reevaluation (there’s a comprehensive special edition blu-ray released by Scream Factory). While the film may have bewildered audiences upon its release, it built a cult following because countless kids out there have grown up inundated with advertising. Batteries not included, accessories sold separately, and be sure and watch the Horror-a-thon are sayings of the same variety. The failure of the public to accept Halloween III for the crazed yet ambitious project it is robbed the world of chance to see where else this series would go. Instead we got more Michael Myers (yawn).

 

 

 

//

Anytime Costumes

Leave a Reply

FanboyNation
Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
Eric Bana Talks ‘Force of Nature: The Dry 2’ – Interview

Eric Bana Returns for the sequel to ‘The Dry‘ in ‘Force...

Letitia Wright’s Talks about her Latest Film ‘Aisha’ – Interview

Letitia Wright’s latest film, ‘Aisha‘, a story about immigration, resilience, friendship...

Blake Crouch and Matt Tolmach Talk ‘Dark Matter’ Coming to AppleTV+ – Interview

‘Dark Matter‘ a science fiction thriller series based on the novel...

Event News Event Reviews
Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Takes You to A Whole New World at Segerstrom – Review

Disney’s Aladdin takes the audience on a thrilling chase and a wonderous place...

Dark Harbor Returns to Long Beach on The Queen Mary this Halloween

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Returns to Long Beach for the...

It’s Showtime! ‘Beetlejuice’ is a Hit at Segerstrom Center of the Arts – Review

It’s Showtime! ‘Beetlejuice‘ is a Hit at Segerstrom Center of the...

Automotives Football MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
Oscar De La Hoya Partners with El Rey for ‘Friday Night Fights’ – Interview

The Golden Boy himself chatted with us about Golden Boy Promotions...

Olympic Runner Colleen Quigley ‘On The Road to Paris’

Team USA Olympic Runner, Colleen Quigley is On The Road to...

Paralympian Swimmer Ahalya Lettenberger On The Road to Paris

Team USA Paralympian Swimmer, Ahalya Lettenberger is On The Road to...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse part something: Hermione and the Mini-gun pt 2

Have a lead salad instead!

Fantoy Comics Presents – Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse part ?: Hermione and the mini-gun pt 1

It can't fire more than 6,000 per minute!

Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse: Kurt v Sid – HASTA!

Hasta La Vista Baby!

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Joe Kwaczala Talks About His new Comedy Album ‘Funny Songs & Sketches’ – Interview

Joe Kwaczala Talks About His new Comedy Album ‘Funny Songs &...

Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her Career in the Arts

First Generation Assyrian-Chaldean, Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her...

Louden Swain Headlining Los Angeles Show at The Echo

Press Release – Louden Swain are headlining Los Angeles show at...

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Gameplay Trailer

The first Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League gameplay trailer was revealed during...

Wonder Woman Game
Wonder Woman Game Announced By DC and WB Games

Wonder Woman game will feature the iconic hero in a 3rd...

MultiVersus
MultiVersus brings Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny, and More

MultiVersus is bringing Shaggy, Harley Quinn, Jake, Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny,...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Gary Morgenstein Talks ‘A Dugout to Peace’ the Final Installment of his Trilogy

Gary Morgenstein Talks About ‘A Dugout to Peace‘ the final installment...

Chris Clews Is ‘Raised on the 80s’ and Shares Those Life Lessons

Chris Clews was ‘Raised on the 80s‘ and Shares Those Life...

Roye Okupe Brings Authentic African Representation to HBO Max and Cartoon Network

Nigerian-American, Roye Okupe brings authentic African representation to HBO Max and...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand Demo

The new ‘Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand‘ is ready to ship...

Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the ‘Good Flour’

Canadian Super Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the...

Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

The Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide is now available to help...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Episode 38: Hamid Rahmanian

Join Whitney Grace as she speaks with artist Hamid Rahmanian, who...

No Preview
Toon-In Talk Episode 37: Niki Smith

Whitney Grace interviews graphic novel writer and artist Niki Smith about...

Toon-In Talk Episode 36: Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen takes some time from his busy voice acting schedule...