By David Massey
The film follows Dr. Challis, played by the mustachioed cult icon (only-possibly-perceived-as-studley-to-some-other-generation), Tom Atkins. After one of his patients is brutally murdered by a mysterious suited man who then self-immolates in front of him, Challis inexplicably leaves his wife and kids to follow his late patient’s hot, young daughter – what more motivation could he need - on a quest to solve this mysterious killing. The only clue they have is the jack-o-lantern Halloween mask her father was clutching when he was wheeled into the ER. The sing-song television ad (‘4 more days to Halloween…’ set to the melody of ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’) that has already played no less than 3 times by this point of the film (with many many repeat viewings to come) shares the same green shamrock logo as the mask. Their destination is an isolated Northern Californian village called Santa Mira, the headquarters of the Silver Shamrock Toy and Halloween Mask Company lead by Conal Cochran (the always imposing Dan O’Herlinhy – ‘RoboCop’, ‘The Last Starfighter’).
Both the Audio Commentary with director Tommy Lee Wallace and the new documentary, ‘Stand Alone – The Making of Halloween 3’, are hugely insightful with one producer openly stating that not including Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Meyers was a ‘stupid idea’. I think that nearly all of those involved in its making feel, as do I, that the thing that got this film made (its billing as a sequel) was its greatest curse. Also, there’s such a genuinely humbled appreciation from Wallace that his film has finally found an audience.
There is also an Audio Commentary with Tom Atkins and a documentary that revisits the locations of the film; both have their moments but the big surprise with this disc is that there are no subtitles in any language – very unusual.
- Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Tommy Lee Wallace
- Audio Commentary with Actor Tom Atkins
- Documentary ‘Stand Alone: The Making of Halloween III: Season of the Witch’ – New Material
- Documentary ‘Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: The Location of Halloween III’
- Theatrical & Teaser Trailers
- TV & Radio Spots
- Stills Galleries
- Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35.1
- DTS-HD Mono
- English-Only Audio
- Original Runtime: 1982
- Runtime: 99 Minutes
- Rating: R
Scare Factor: A / As a kid, this one game me so many nightmares mostly because I had no idea what was going on.
Gore Factor: A / There are 3 or 4 scenes in this move that still make my stomach turn.
Repeat view-ability: A / One of the few Halloween movies that is actually about Halloween!