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Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

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Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.

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Tommy Lee Wallace
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Atkins ... Daniel Challis
Stacey Nelkin ... Ellie Grimbridge
Dan O'Herlihy ... Conal Cochran
Michael Currie Michael Currie ... Rafferty
Ralph Strait Ralph Strait ... Buddy Kupfer
Jadeen Barbor Jadeen Barbor ... Betty Kupfer
Brad Schacter ... Little Buddy (as Bradley Schachter)
Garn Stephens Garn Stephens ... Marge
Nancy Kyes ... Linda Challis
Jonathan Terry ... Starker (as Jon Terry)
Al Berry ... Harry Grimbridge
Wendy Wessberg Wendy Wessberg ... Teddy
Essex Smith Essex Smith ... Walter Jones
Maidie Norman ... Nurse Agnes
John MacBride John MacBride ... Sheriff
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Storyline

An apparent murder-suicide in a hospital emergency room leads to an investigation by the on-call doctor, which reveals a plot by an insane toymaker to kill as many people as possible during Halloween through an ancient Celtic ritual involving a stolen boulder from Stonehenge and Halloween masks. Written by MuzikJunky

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Halloween horror continues. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Season of the Witch See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,333,259, 24 October 1982

Gross USA:

$14,400,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The "Big Halloween Three"- the Silver Shamrock masks that are ceaselessly advertised in the movie- consisted of two altered masks that were already in the Don Post Studios' repertoire (the skull and the witch) and one made exclusively for the film (the jack-o'-lantern). The company was sold to Pennsylvania-based business Paper Magic Group, Inc. just before they were planning on re-releasing the masks to the public during the 2012 Halloween season. However, the rights were bought by California-based company Trick or Treat Studios and replicas of the original have been available to the public since 2014. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 10 mins) During the "test" on "Little" Buddy, after the family has all been killed the camera switches angles from an in room shot to a monitor shot. In these shots it's clear "Little" Buddy's legs have changed their position several times. See more »

Quotes

Harry Grimbridge: They're coming... They're coming!
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Alternate Versions

Cuts on the Infogrames Australian DVD release include: During the scene where Harry Grimbridge is murdered, the assassin enters the room and poises his fingers above his head, before using them to kill him. Only a couple of seconds of his death is shown, before it cuts to the mask laying on the floor. When Starker is killed, they do not show the second shot of the assassin's face after the fountain of blood sprays from Starker's neck. It cuts straight to Ellie jumping in shock after Marge accidentally hits her car horn, and is missing the scene where she is walking through the parking lot. Similarly, when Marge is killed, only a quick shot of her hands covering her face is shown, before it fades out. During the Halloween montage towards the end of the movie, the scene showing the trick-or-treaters in Phoenix, Arizona, is cut out, and goes straight from the shot of the Silver Shamrock van in Seattle to the aerial view of Phoenix at the end of the scene. Again, when Teddy is killed, the scene is cut. It shows the assassin forcing the drill into her face, but cuts out the part at the end where it gets up and walks off. A final change occurs at the hospital when Harry Grimbridge is admitted. Some of the dialogue between Walter Jones and Challis is missing. When we see the shot of Grimbridge on the stretcher in front of the TV, the lines "Hey, can I leave now?", and "Sure, I don't see why not" are missing, and cuts straight to Challis shaking Walter's hand and saying, "Thanks a lot for bringing him." These cuts also occur on the 2008 Lionsgate DVD. The missing scenes are restored on the 2013 Australian Blu ray release, which features the complete uncut version of the film originally released in cinemas. See more »

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User Reviews

 
which witch, what witch, who witch? Don't know, don't care
16 November 2004 | by geoffrey3001See all my reviews

Ever had a really bad day and went to bed feeling bad? Well, I have that feeling now, only because of this movie. To be honest, I really looked forward seeing this movie and find out what's the commotion all about.

I found out and I am sorry for that. I wish I could tell you about some scary parts, but I cannot. Two things I found funny: - when someone's head was pulled off. - The commercial, it could be more creepier, but it was OK. The clue of the story is told at the end of the movie. Since the acting was quite bad, the reason for all this was not even interesting.

Oh well, at least the editing was better than Legion of the Dead. I mean, bad story? OK, no problem. But at least try to make it scary. The electric sound was OK in the beginning, but it became a cliché half way the movie and quite annoying in the end.

I feel wasted and I am going to bed.


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