THE LAIR EXPERTS
Matt: Ahh, yes, 'Halloween III', the film that ended John Carpenter's association with the franchise. That alone should tell you all you need to know. This film taught Carpenter, his crew, and Trancas International that the public just can't get enough Michael Myers, and wouldn't accept anything less. And let's face it, this was FAR less than anyone expected. As a 'Halloween' film, this movie sucked. If it would have been titled 'Season Of The Witch' or 'Season Of The Warlock' or something similar as a stand-alone, it's not half bad. But just given the fact it had so much to live up to based on the first two films, it was doomed to fail from the start.
After the success of 'Halloween II', Carpenter and Co. felt it was time to take the franchise in a new direction, and it was rumored that based on the success of the third film, they would go on to produce different stand-alone films related to the lore of 'Halloween' and not Michael Myers. Alas, the film tanked and had the lowest box office total of any 'Halloween' film to date, so we are spared future Michael-less 'Halloween' films. However, we also lost the input of Carpenter after this one, as he felt it was time to move on.
As for the film itself, the storyline was pretty good, it just didn't fit in the 'Halloween' universe Carpenter so eloquently created in the first two films. The acting wasn't bad either, as Tom Atkins and Dan O'Herlihy bring forth strong performances as Challis and Cochran, respectively. We even get cameo appearances of Dick Warlock (The Assassin), Nancy Loomis (Challis' wife), as well as Jamie Lee Curtis, who is the voice of Santa Mira announcing the curfew. This was a nice touch, but its far from what should have been.
Carpenter once again teamed with Alan Howarth to deliver the score, and it is actually really good. It is very different from the first two, yet still maintains a creep factor within itself. And who can forget the Silver Shamrock theme song? As annoying as it is, I play it every Halloween, sometimes as the background sound on this site, so it really has endured over time.
The first time I saw this film, I didn't know the story didn't include Michael, so I kept waiting for him to show up. The next thing I knew, the credits were rolling, and still no Michael. Needless to say, I was very annoyed. As a stand-alone, I probably would have rated it a 4 or 5 because it did have a unique story and half-decent production value for its time. But since they branded it a 'Halloween' film, I can't rightly do that. 3 out of 10.
A.J.: Do I even need to waste my time writing a damn review for this piece of wanna-be Halloween garbage? Yeah, okay, that's what I thought. 1 out of 10.
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