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

Synopsis: With Halloween fast approaching, Silver Shamrock masks are in high demand from kids around the country. However, Dr. Daniel Challis thinks something is askew and seeks the truth about the Silver Shamrock company.

Who's in it? The movie stars Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O'Herlihy, Ralph Strait and Michael Currie.

Review: Our local ice rink had its annual Halloween Open Skate on Saturday and, since my wife and I both volunteered to help (as well as our kids), we didn't get home until late. We still needed to have something for dinner and, while eating the McDonald's we picked up on our way home, ended up watching this movie.

This was the first time I had actually seen this film in its entirety and I wasn't really sure what to expect from it. I knew there were a lot of people who were unimpressed by the movie. However, I also figured most of them were just upset/confused by the fact it didn't have Michael Myers in it. After seeing it for the first time, however, I must say I was very disappointed by it.

As far as the plot goes, I had no real complaints. A movie about popular Halloween masks that could be used to murdered millions of kids is a great idea. Unfortunately, the execution left a lot to be desired.

The movie, in my opinion at least, was very slow moving. Scenes seemed to drag on and it took what seemed like an eternity for the film to get to the point. I found it was hard to stay interested as a result of that.

Then, when things finally started to pick up, the movie just ended up being way too predictable. There was nothing about the film (or its ending) that surprised me and, as I've said before, predictable will never equal scary.

I think my biggest problem with this film is I still don't fully understand why the main bad guy, Conal Cochran (O'Herlihy) was carrying out his master plan. I know he explained he was trying to bring back witchcraft by killing kids. But, considering he was already using witchcraft to do that, that explanation really didn't make a whole lot of sense. I felt as though there was some sort of complicated backstory the movie just decided not to tell us.

Final Opinion: The movie had potential. However, it ended up being more dull than scary and just didn't win me over as a result. I think I'll skip this one next Halloween.

My Grade: D


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