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Rated R
Copyright 1982 Dino De Laurentiis.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Dan Challis - Tom Atkins! An overworked hospital doctor, for some reason he just looks unhygienic.
  • Ellie Grimbridge - Younger woman out to discover what really happened to her father, she packs sexy lingerie in her overnight bag "just in case." Presumed dead.
  • Mr. Cochran - Inventor and madman intent on making a supreme sacrifice to the pagan gods. Vaporized.
  • Buddy and Betty Kupfer - Salesman and his wife, killed by poisonous snakes and crickets.
  • Buddy Jr. - If you thought salesmen were annoying, just wait till you meet their kids. Few things have the entertainment value of watching some brat's head rot and spill forth deadly slithering things.
  • Teddy - Female forensics expert with the hots for Dan, mushed by an android.
  • Henry Grimbridge - Ellie's father, killed in a most unpleasant way.

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The Plot: 

Sequels are historically a continuation of the franchise, another way to glean some money from the pocket of the public. The general reasoning is that Joe Public thinks, "I've watched the first two and they were decent, so might as well see the third." Joe is, of course, expecting to see Mr. Myers hard at work once more.

Joe is in for a surprise, because this film has absolutely nothing to do with any of the other Halloween movies. A number of people must have popped the tape back out after watching it for thirty minutes, then checked the label before returning to the store. There they probably complained that someone else had accidentally recorded over the movie.

I don't blame them.

Dan is very interested about the events surrounding Mr. Grimbridge's death. With the assistance of the deceased's attractive daughter he travels to the factory where Silver Shamrock masks are manufactured. Thankfully we are kept abreast of the day and time by helpful captions, though the same is not true for our major characters. Twenty minutes into the film I realized that my notes contained a rough time line, but no mention of who in the heck Tom Atkins was. As in his character's name, let's not wax any more philosophical than that, okay?

Mr. Cochran is very happy, his company is prospering and sales of the three Silver Shamrock masks (pumpkin, witch, and reaper) are riding on a huge advertising wave, easily cornering the market. Swallow the idea that one in every three kids would wear the exact same mask for Halloween. Swallow! Swallow it damn you!

Everything comes with a price and these frightful visages are not excluded, though "your eternal soul" is less common than $6.99 on the tags for Halloween masks. For Cochran has stolen a stone from Stonehenge and somehow transported it to California without anyone noticing (all the inspectors were too busy checking bananas or something). Pieces of the monument have been used in creating the latex shrouds and they are inherently evil! When a certain commercial is watched the wearer is consumed from within by crickets, snakes, and all sorts of nasty things!

The cursed shrouds are dark druid stuff to say the least, but why should they require a special commercial (even one associated with Ralph Bakshi) to trigger? Notice that I did not imply the plot, just the masks. The plot needs that commercial like few other movies need plot devices, but the masks should be able to trigger based on the alignment of the planets, the moon, or something. We can be pretty certain that the druids did little in the way of market research and targeted advertising so this is plain silly.

It is interesting to note that Carpenter seems to be riding shotgun with this film, one created to advance some sort of conspiracy theory, but did a much better job of it himself with "They Live" a few years later.

Don't miss the section with Dan fighting the autonomous and detached arm of Ellie's impersonating android. Notice how he stands and holds it against his chest as the liberated limb attempts to strangle our hero. The darn thing has no leverage or hold on him, just letting go would cause it to fall harmlessly onto the ground.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Never trust the emergency brakes on a car in the junkyard.
  • Having your face broken will make you look like Jack Palance.
  • Sexual harassment laws have come a long way.
  • Being assigned to intensive care room number thirteen is bad news.
  • You can open your eyes after having gasoline poured into them. (Especially if you're an android.)
  • Molotov cocktails are not an entrepreneur's friend.
  • Old men wear out a lot sooner than young women.
  • Sneaking a twenty ton stone through customs is no problem.
  • Kidney punches are effective against androids too.
  • Night falls in Seattle, WA before New York, NY.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • Opening Credits - Moustapha! Ooooo! Say it again!
  • 3 mins - Yes, but what time is it?
  • 13 mins - This guy needs his trousers tailored. Hey Noah, when is the flood?
  • 31 mins - Um, I think that I'd sleep on the bed.
  • 35 mins - If you ever find me subsisting on spray cheese and Boone's please kill me.
  • 52 mins - Trade secrets? We're talking about latex masks, I'm pretty sure a kid could reverse engineer it.
  • 68 mins - The appearing and disappearing tag! I'm guessing it is there, just hidden by the shirt.
  • 82 mins - They are starting to skimp on the labels, only one in that stack has a clover.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note halloweeniii1.wav Teddy: "You don't just pull someone's skull apart without a little lower arm strength. Know what I mean?"
Green Music Note halloweeniii2.wav Ellie: "What I want to know is why they put their factory out here in the middle of nowhere."
Green Music Note halloweeniii3.wav Dan: "(It's) getting late, I could use a drink!"
Green Music Note halloweeniii4.wav Mr. Cochran: "Stonehenge! We had a time getting it here; you wouldn't believe how we did it."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Buddy Jr. wouldn't listen to his mom when she said TV can rot your brain. Of course that was a hyperbole and she honestly didn't think crickets and snakes would stream from her son's putrid "rotting" skull.

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Halloween III
Reply #25. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Katie
In some odd way this movie seemed like the other Halloween movies. I'm not saying that I think the Halloween series is bad but you can tell that this movie was made by the Halloween masterminds Moustapha Akkad Debra and John Carpenter. This movie plain out didn't make sense the song is annoying as crap and the whole story is just stupid what killed the people and caused the kids masks to make the kids spew out crickets.(Crickets don't kill people, people kill people!) What drove the man at the Silver Shamrock Company to do this. I don't hate the movie just beacause there is no Michael Myers but because they tried to cash in on the popularity of Halloweens 1 and 2. They made the movie half-ass figuring if they put the Halloween title on it it would sell. Yeah right!
Halloween III
Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by David Thomas (Samhain)
I saw this at the movies when I was younger and expected a Halloween movie without Michael. After all it was advertised that way. You rent it and expect Michael? No wonder half the world yells Jihad at us Americans. Don't read the box that explains this is a different Halloween film for christ sakes. As for the movie, I thought it was great entertainment. How did they get the rock here. Hell name one movie and I will find one thing in it that can be debated. Why does it matter? It was there! It had a different twist and was entertaining. I loved the music and welcomed a different tale at Halloween. I looked forward to other Halloween stories as well. This is just my opinion. Damn good film! LOTR now that is crap!  
Halloween III
Reply #27. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by kodi
This movie was super lame, even by Halloween standards.  As stupid as the other movies in the series are, this one was by far the worst.  It's too bad though, I think it was a clever idea to have a different type of horror movie each year with different characters, all revolving around Halloween.  At least it would have saved us from about 10 more terrible films about Micheal Myers.
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Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by sk8er
Honestly here this movie is sad.  Its a piece of crap.  I am one of the biggest holloween fans with michael myers.  This movie is not worth seeing. I saw it once and i never wanted to see it again.  I saw the others like 50 times and they never get old.

Halloween III
Reply #29. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Coastman
Upon further consideration, I have decided that this is quite possibly one of the most under rated horror movies in the history of the genre.  Amazing!  Androids who walk up to people and just annihalate them?  That's pretty bad ass.  And where else can you find a doctor that not only smokes cigarettes but is also in the early stages of alchoholism?  Plot was great, music was ridiculous, and the shameless plug for the first halloween movie made the film even better.  And the fact that it had absolutely nothing to do with the first two made it that more interesting.  I'm not sure if it was this site, but I read somewhere that the original script for the 6th Halloween somehow had a link to the third one.  If anyone knows about this, update me and I'll love you forever.  Thank you.  Good night!

Halloween III
Reply #30. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by
Easily the worst of the franchise and quite possible one of the worst horror films out there.
"Zero Stars"
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Reply #31. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by WitchKing
As a stand-alone film, this works quite well. It's atmospheric, has surprising plot twists, and a frightful premise. The "Halloween" franchise on a whole is unsatisfying because the producers could never seem to agree on a cohesive mythology.  At least the "Nightmare On Elm Street" and "Friday The 13th" series established definitive identities for their maniacs to adhere to.  Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees had consistent characters, however one-note they may be.  The "Halloween" series are just all over the map and Myers as a villain is just too prosaic.  He's a bogeyman with no real self behind the mask.  Who can blame the filmmakers for wanting to try something different with a rapidly-tiring idea?  "Halloween 2" was decent but perfunctory.  Parts 4 & 5 were even further down the ladder and by the time we reach the wretched later entries, previous films have been totally disregarded.  There are so many contradictions, revisions, and omissions throughout the franchise that it's all become a jumbled collection of cliches and redundancies.  Michael dies and rises again, killed by any number of resourceful heroines; Laurie is alternately in hiding, deceased, or institutionalized; Michael's jeopardized niece becomes the new menacee only to vanish three films later; and the whole Samhain premise is just a flimsy excuse to make a human menace unkillable.  At least Part 3 tried to shift away from a character that had no real longevity in favor of some actual terror and a compelling Halloween myth.  
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Reply #32. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Steve
I actually enjoyed this movie despite its weaknesses. Its far better than the Michael Myers rehash that will never mercifully end. Original idea (bloody horrifying really), surprising twists, great job by Dean Cundy and perhaps John Carpenters best score. The annoying jingle is actually brilliant and representative of marketing at its best (you still cannot forget it can you) and worst.

The Michael Myers complaint is a joke, in fact there was not even supposed to be a Halloween II according to John Carpenter. The first movie went over most peoples head with the supernatural element. Michael Myers was just the name of the body "The Shape" was inhabiting. He was the embodiment of Halloween so to speak. Carpenter was not keen on a sequel at all and i personally wish none of the the Myers sequels were made. Halloween II in my eyes seems to get worse with age while Halloween III improves. The second movie is a by the numbers bore and lacks the spirit of the 1st. They could not even get the mask right in the sequels. Anyways, Halloween III was flawed but brilliant in certain aspects and the best part for me was the score. Spectacular.
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