When Blumhouse’s Halloween reboot hits theaters on October 19th, writer Danny McBride has promised that it will include Easter eggs from each and every sequel to John Carpenter’s seminal slasher, released in 1978. Yes, that will include the red-headed step-child of the franchise, Halloween III: Season of the Witch. The film is most -famous for what it isn’t: A Halloween film featuring Michael Myers.
But what makes it unique is what made it a pariah; though Carpenter envisioned Halloween as an anthology series, Season of the Witch made it clear the moniker had become synonymous with Myers. Though even the movie’s fiercest detractors have come around in recent years, appreciating Halloween III for its uniqueness, many won’t give the film a fair shake. Still, when separated from the franchise of its namesake, it’s a surreal and nightmarish swirl of technology and supernatural intrusions.
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Our favorite Australian film critic/comedian Mark Bishop’s latest video is perfect for fans of this black sheep: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Halloween III: Season of the Witch! Give it a spin even if you’ve never given Halloween III a second thought; it might convince you to give the film another look-see.
If you can’t stream, the 10 things you probably didn’t know about Season of the Witch are listed and briefly summarized below the video. After that, you can watch the trailer and synopsis for Halloween III. Enjoy!
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
Official Synopsis: STOP IT SPOT IT!
With Halloween III: Season of the Witch, John Carpenter planed on transitioning the series into an anthology. The idea was to present a new, unique tale of terror every year connected only by the fact that they take place on Halloween.
Michael Myers (Nick Castle) and Lauri Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) do actually appear in the film—in Easter egg form. When Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins) stops off at a bar, he sees a trailer for 1978’s Halloween on TV. Curtis is also the voice of the curfew announcer.
Nigel Neil actually wrote the script along with Tommy Lee Wallace but had his name removed from the Halloween III. Reports state he wrote over 60% of the screenplay but didn’t want to be associated with the film’s most graphic elements. It’s also reported that Wallace lobbied to call the film simply Season of the Witch, predicting Halloween fans would be disappointed if Michael Myers didn’t have a prominent role.
The catchy Silver Shamrock theme song is actually just a sped-up version of London Bridge (is Falling Down).
Dick Warlock, the actor who played Michael Myers in Halloween II, is in Halloween III as an evil android.
John Carpenter originally wanted Gremlins’ director Joe Dante to helm Halloween III. Dante turned the project down, however, when given the opportunity to direct a segment in Steven Spielberg’s Twilight Zone Movie.
Producers made a few different endings of the film. The other alternates where much less nihilistic than the one ultimately used. It was left to director Tommy Lee Wallace to make the final decision.
The underwhelming response to the Season of the Witch killed plans to turn the franchise into an anthology series, and producers set a course for Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers. Give the people what they want, I guess.
In addition to producing Halloween III, John Carpenter composed the film’s entire score.
Tom Atkins suffered from pneumonia for the entire shoot.
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Official Synopsis: Hospital emergency room Dr. Daniel “Dan” Challis (Tom Atkins) and Ellie Grimbridge (Stacey Nelkin), the daughter of a murder victim, uncover a terrible plot by small-town mask maker Conal Cochran (Dan O’Herlihy), a madman who’s planning a Halloween mass murder utilizing an ancient Celtic ritual. The ritual involves a boulder stolen from Stonehenge, the use of Silver Shamrock masks and a triggering device contained in a television commercial — all designed to kill millions of children.
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