“It’s almost time, kids. The clock is ticking. Be in front of your TV sets for the Horrorthon, followed by the Big Giveaway. Don’t miss it. And don’t forget to wear your masks. The clock is ticking. It’s almost time.” Everybody sing! Three more days to Halloween, Halloween, Halloween … Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr – as they give evidence to their belief that every day is Halloween by covering Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) in January.
Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 198 – 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.IMDb
- Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
- Writer: Tommy Lee Wallace; Nigel Kneale (uncredited). John Carpenter (uncredited)
- Producers: Debra Hill, John Carpenter
- Cinematographer: Dean Cundey
- Music: John Carpenter, Alan Howarth
- Tom Atkins as Dr. Dan Challis
- Stacey Nelkin as Ellie Grimbridge
- Dan O’Herlihy as Conal Cochran
- Michael Currie as Rafferty
- Ralph Strait as Buddy Kupfer
- Jadeen Barbor as Betty Kupfer
- Brad Schacter as Buddy Kupfer Jr.
- Garn Stephens as Marge Guttman
- Al Berry as Harry Grimbridge
- Wendy Wessberg as Teddy
- Essex Smith as Walter Jones
- Nancy Kyes as Linda Challis
- Jonathan Terry as Starker
- Maidie Norman as Nurse Agnes
- Paddi Edwards as Secretary
- Joshua John Miller as Willie Challis
- Michelle Walker as Bella Challis
- Dick Warlock as Assassin Android
- Jamie Lee Curtis as The Voice of The Curfew Announcer / Voice of The Telephone Service Provider / Laurie Strode (voice acting, archival footage, uncredited)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch is Crystal’s pick and it has always been her favorite of all of the followups to the original Halloween (1978) and loves it just as much today as the first time she saw it. Those who know Crystal know she has a thing for androids and that goes for Tom Atkins and Dan O’Herlihy as well. Chad is really into this “no Michael Myers” concept of Halloween III and an anthology-like series of Halloween movies. He loved H3 the first time he saw it and he loves it still. For Bill, there’s a huge dropoff in the sequels to Halloween (1978). As for H3, he had to get over the “no Michael Myers” hump, and even though the story makes no sense, he now enjoys it more each time he sees it. H3’s 14-time repetition of its famous jingle annoyed Jeff to no end when he first saw the movie. But like Bill, he now enjoys the film and even the jingle.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch gets a universal thumbs-up from your 1980s Grue-Crew! If you haven’t seen it for a while, or if it previously left a bad taste in your mouth, it might be time to check it out again. After all, it’s only 280 days to Halloween, Halloween, Halloween…
At the time of this writing, Halloween III: Season of the Witch is available for streaming on multiple PPV services and on physical media as a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition from Shout! Factory.
Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Chad, will be From Beyond (1986). Lovecraft, Gordon, Crampton, and Combs for episode 199!
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