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

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halloween-iii-season-of-the-witch-575311824425aTalk about a movie giving you mixed feelings. Before seeing Halloween III, I knew one thing…neither Michael Myers or Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be in it…so the real question was…how was it even a Halloween movie? Doing a little research, I discovered the creator of Halloween thought it would be a wise choice to do the same thing as American Horror Story and switch up the stories. A new Halloween tale every year. Well, you know the problem with that right? It’s not even the fact that people love Michael Myers, it’s the fact that you had two movies with him back to back…and then this. I have extremely mixed feelings about Season of the Witch – so let’s get into it.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch is not about Michael Myers, nor is it really about any witches…it’s really about androids. I’m talking full on cybernetic organisms. A doctor ties the death of a patient to a factory that produces popular Halloween masks. As they look to uncover that death, more deaths occur, and they are all seemingly linked to this factory and company Silver Shamrock – and the mystery of what this company is trying to do is unpredictable, believe me.

I think I have a handle on what went wrong here – and the fault lies exclusively with pre-production. First of all, you shouldn’t call this a Halloween movie, and if you do, you can’t say it’s Halloween 3, because people are expecting Michael Myers and Jamie Lee Curtis. All you’re doing there is making people mad when they see the movie. Second of all, you shouldn’t call this Season of the Witch either, because witches play no part in this film . There is magic, but it’s magic taken from a Stonehedge rock. The rest of the movie is strange, creepy, mysterious android humanoids. Which, by the way, aren’t bad. Not at all.

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If you went to a friend’s house and they made you watch this movie but didn’t tell you what it was called, there’s a good chance you’ll love it. In fact, if they released this under a different name altogether, it might be its own classic horror film. As it is now, it’s ruined expectations and false advertisement. That’s where my mixed feelings come from, because as a movie on its own without any labels, this is a fine horror film that had me invested from the get go. The only actual complaints I have about it is the decision to have the lead play a doctor instead of the obvious – a cop. He looks and plays the part, a doctor doesn’t make a ton of sense, nor furthers the story. I would also say the film lacked certain motive towards the end, but that’s not a deal-breaker, either.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch is incredibly creepy and disturbing – facts that nestle since the beginning and flourish as the film goes on. It’s creative gore was unique and never overdone. Just the sight of these android humanoids chills you to the bone, and the end game teased throughout the movie is brave and bold – altogether creating a horror flick that would be remembered for a long time if it weren’t for its poor, poor foundation and promotion practices. It’s not a movie that should be a part of the Michael Myers collection, nor should anyone say it’s a witch movie either. It’s simply a decent movie that has no real title in my books. Check it out and let me know what you think!

RATING: 7.2/10

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