31 Days of Horror: #14 – Tweet-Along Special! Halloween III: Season of the Witch
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Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Written & Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace
Starring Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin & Dan O’Herlihy
Get over the lack of Michael Myers and see Halloween III as the fascinatingly bizarre piece of genius that is really is. The plot of a novelty mask company’s evil plot to tailor a mass child genocide is as daft as it is terrifying. With humanity’s last hope resting in Tom Atkins and his marvellous moustache, SOTW is a great Halloween watch, not just for taking place on the night itself but for its breezily bonkers set-up.
Whilst there are elements that haven’t aged well, such as some laughably wooden acting, there are still two stand out scenes who’s power to shock have not aged a day. The death of a child onscreen will always be impactful and HIII packs a particularly gruesome punch in that regard, as well as its shocking ending.
With a gorgeous synth-heavy soundtrack provided by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth, despite the exaggerated plot, the overall terrifying feel of how plausible and human the horror is has been perfectly carried on from the first two films. A cult hit that’s gradually picking up more love, seek out this misunderstood treasure this Halloween.
Be warned: Once heard, the Silver Shamrock jingle is in your head for life.
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