Halloween III: The Season of the Witch (1982) Mini Movie Review

halloween III poster

After Halloween II John Carpenter and Debra Hill were asked about another sequel for the Halloween franchise.   Instead of trying to find a way to bring Michael Myers back, they conceived of turning the Halloween franchise into an anthology series. Upon its release, the movie faced significant backlash for not including Michael Myers and it took several years for the series to come back with 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.

As I’ve gotten older, I really have become fonder this sequel.  You have a series centered around Halloween, and you can do anything you want as long as it is Halloween related.  The holiday itself obviously lends itself to horror.  Why there hasn’t been an anthology series started around the holiday is a great mystery to me (maybe Trick ‘r Treat could start something like that if the movie ever gets a sequel?). Perhaps it is also my distaste for certain sequels to Halloween that have also soured my taste and would rather have seen something more along the lines of Halloween III.

halloween III picture

This movie is so strange because it is the only one without Michael Myers.  Even Friday the 13th Part V had someone who looked like Jason, but Halloween III has science fiction injected into the horror.  Bearing the Halloween title forces this movie to face an uphill battle with the audience and unless this movie was great it wasn’t going to be accepted.  Take 10 Cloverfield Lane for example.  This movie has almost no relation to Cloverfield, but because it was a really great movie, most audiences didn’t seem to care.

Halloween III is a decent movie but it isn’t a great movie.  Unlike 10 Cloverfield Lane, Halloween III didn’t have the quality for fans to get over the absence of Michael Myers.  The problems of Halloween III are rooted in the plot.  The evil plan doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.  The bad guy’s plot hinges on people in six different time zones watching the same TV program at the same time.  Everyone who has watched this movie has pointed out that mistake but let’s face it, it is a bit of a problem.

Halloween III actually works well until the plot mechanics spin the tires.  Halloween III is mysterious and has a lot of atmosphere.  I wouldn’t call the movie scary, but there are genuinely terrifying scenes.  This is only bolstered by a great score by John Carpenter.   All of this does make Halloween III an enjoyable movie.  Your enjoyment of this probably will hinge if you’re willing to forgive a plot that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Halloween III review

Halloween III has a lot of creativity, imagination, and ambition.   This movie has a lot of great ideas, some interesting things to say, a great score by Carpenter, and a few terrifying scenes, but the movie still feels inconsistent. My feelings on this sequel have softened over the years and I find myself appreciating more and more for what it was going for.

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