People around these parts tend to get really excited when Halloween III is brought up. To many it signifies a nostalgic piece of horror movie history and to others it serves as one of the front runners for the perfect Halloween themed film. For me it survives as something that people have always been telling me to see. Its mere existence alone is quite boggling to the millions of normal people that can't seem to grasp how a film can be called Halloween III and not contain any connections to any other film in the series. I found it to be delightful in its own right and find it very easy to simply separate it from the Halloween series.
According to the world, Halloween III was meant to revive the series after Michael Myers' death in the 2nd film. Creators hoped that every year a new film would be out spinning a different dark tale to compliment the Halloween season. Wouldn't that just have been wonderful? I love the idea, although I don't think its name needed to be attached to the Halloween series at all. It's too bad that people love Michael Myers a little too much and this idea never fully made it off the ground. Regardless, Halloween III is an interesting story filled with some real shenanigans and...snakes.
After the mysterious death of Harry Grimbridge, Dr. Challis (played by the always randy Tom Atkins) teams up with his Grimbridge's daughter to find out the circumstances leading to his death. The pair are led to the mysterious factory town of Santa Mira where the trendy Halloween masks are made by the Silver Shamrock company. Here, Challis uncovers a terrible plot to rid the world of children, orchestrated by a man who obviously despises what Halloween has become.
The most important thing you need to know about Halloween III is that if the music in the first Halloween was enough to scare the pants off you, the music in the third film is enough to make you want to jump out the nearest window.
I'm pretty sure this song was cackling menacingly in the background of my dream last night and that the little man who sells newspapers outside the Dunkin Donuts was playing it on his radio. This song--WILL HAUNT YOU. Something about it is also just really creepy. First off it's a terrible commercial, yet the kids continue to get excited about it. Second of all...what shitty masks. I only get to choose between three masks?
What kind of Halloween is this? I'm shocked so many kids purchased these crap masks. Especially when some of them have perfectly good Halloween costumes that they then proceed to ruin by putting a pumpkin mask over.
The second most important thing you need to know about Halloween III is that once again Tom Atkins proves that he holds the record for quickest bed of broad.
Seriously the man is unstoppable. All he has to do is look at some girl and she gets magnetically pulled to his groin area. What is the secret? His mustache? Probably. Or maybe it's the sex appeal that oozes out when he gets angry.
Yesss that is it.
While I do enjoy Halloween III for what it is, I do naturally find problems with it that prevent me for loving it to the max. The biggest one for me is that it doesn't feel very Halloweeny. There is a brief Halloween segment with the kids trick or treating but other than that, it may as well have been June. The atmosphere is kind of non-existent when there is such a dependence on the figuring out the mystery behind Grimbridge's death. I expected to be submerged into a Halloween night complete with howling wind and an atmosphere that convinced me I could smell burning leaves. Sadly I was just annoyed that we were stuck in some crappy Irish motel. The other main problem of the film is that's just not very scary. There's a lot of attempts at what I'm guessing they thought would be scary--but the timing just seems off and the same attempts are used 3 times in a row. The best example perhaps is when Tom Atkins finds out whats her face is a robot. We get the initial scare of her, then she pops up behind him, then her arm does the surprising and then there's one more surprise. One crappy scare is enough!
Now apart from what are some obvious problems I did quite enjoy most of what was happening. While it does seem to drag on a little and I enjoyed the mystery of it all--the best part is still just the effects of the mask.
Although, I'm not sure how effective snakes would really be...(I mean seriously just run away) but it looks cool as fuck. I'm also a little fuzzy on the whole witchcraft element of this which now that I think about it, is also something I would have loved to see handled better. I mean, it IS called Season of the Witch but all I got was some dodgy old man and a piece of Stonehenge.
There were some good old fashioned creepy McCreeperson moments though complete with what I find to be one of the creepiest things I've seen in a while.
Even if she was a real person--holy crap.
The ending also kinds of brings me down. I was rooting for a full blown worldwide bug explosion but sadly that is not the case. Ambivalence is nice but it was just too darn exciting to just cut it off so abruptly! I guess it just feels like so much was glossed over in this. Overall I think a lot of people despise this movie and they shouldn't. On its own, and apart from the Halloween series the film is a fine film to enjoy once the Halloween season gets underway. Sure it's not the greatest, but we can at least enjoy it for all its squishy bug goodness. Plus the idea of a mask doing this
to someone's face is too fantastic to despise.
Oh and I forgot--if Halloween II was able to keep on budget by giving Jamie Lee Curtis a terrible wig, than Halloween III was able to do so by providing the firefighters with this terribly convincing costume.
The little FD part of his hat would flop back and forth from the slightest nod of the head. Red felt is flame retardant right?