I hate typing "HALLOWEEN 3" before SEASON OF THE WITCH. This film is SEASON OF THE WITCH. I will bite my tongue and allow the haters to hate, because we all know this isn't the direction that Michael Myers fans wanted to see the series take, but it falls in line with Carpenter's original intent in establishing the HALLOWEEN series as an anthology of creepy films set around the most unholy of holidays.
I love SEASON OF THE WITCH. It is an original and sinister Horror film at heart that captures all of the darker aspects of the holiday. A doctor sets off with a young woman whose father was killed after visiting the leading manufacturer of the years top Halloween masks, only to find that the company has a horrifying plot it plans to unleash upon this year's trick 'r treaters.. I refuse to divulge the secrets behind the masks, or what that plan may be, but suffice it to say that it is one of the cruelest and unfitting punishments in film. Tom Atkins leads this one as only he can; he is a beer drinking, womanizing man's man, and he lays the ol' Atkins charm on thick here. He is such an unexpected hero in each of his films, but this Joe Everyman offers a strong if not quirky performance as the misguided doctor that must reluctantly save the world. The film is surprisingly one of the gorier entries in the series, but on top of the head-crushing and face 'splosions, there are also creepier moments where pestilence and plagues seep from the victims wounds in a series of deaths with ancient religious undertones.* Who could ever forget the Silver Shamrock jingle, either? There are many striking moments that make this film stand out, but while I am a big proponent of the film, I cant ignore that the acting leaves something to be desired and the pacing struggles at many points throughout the film. Any of you that have left this one sitting in the dust as you skip over it year after year, please pop it in and form a new opinion on it separate from the HALLOWEEN universe. As a stand alone film, it offers a fun and twisted viewing experience that deserves more credit that it is often given. Its kind of late and I don't feel like I have done the film justice in this review, so I may reproach it at a later date.
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*Dont forget the awesome rattlesnake.