Halloween III: Season of the Witch

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Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a 1982 American science fiction horror film and the third installment in the Halloween film series.wikipedia
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Tommy Lee Wallace

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It is the first film to be written and directed by Tommy Lee Wallace.
He is best known for his work in the horror genre, directing films such as Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Fright Night Part 2 and the 1990 mini-series, It.

Halloween (franchise)

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Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a 1982 American science fiction horror film and the third installment in the Halloween film series.
Michael Myers is the antagonist in all of the films except Halloween III: Season of the Witch, the story of which has no direct connection to any other film in the series.

Dan O'Herlihy

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The film tells the story of Dr. Dan Challis (Tom Atkins), along with Ellie Grimbridge (Stacey Nelkin), who travel to the small town of Santa Mira, California, where he discovers that Silver Shamrock Novelties, a company run by Conal Cochran (Dan O'Herlihy), is attempting to use the mystic powers of the Stonehenge rocks to kill children when they all wear his masks and watch the Silver Shamrock commercial.
Daniel Peter O'Herlihy (May 1, 1919 – February 17, 2005) was an Irish film actor, known for such roles as Brigadier General Warren A. "Blackie" Black in Fail Safe, Conal Cochran in Halloween III: Season of the Witch, "The Old Man" in RoboCop, and Andrew Packard in Twin Peaks.

Tom Atkins (actor)

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The film tells the story of Dr. Dan Challis (Tom Atkins), along with Ellie Grimbridge (Stacey Nelkin), who travel to the small town of Santa Mira, California, where he discovers that Silver Shamrock Novelties, a company run by Conal Cochran (Dan O'Herlihy), is attempting to use the mystic powers of the Stonehenge rocks to kill children when they all wear his masks and watch the Silver Shamrock commercial.
Atkins has appeared in numerous films including The Fog (1980), The Ninth Configuration (1980), Escape from New York (1981), Creepshow (1982), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Night of the Creeps (1986), Lethal Weapon (1987), Maniac Cop (1988), Two Evil Eyes (1990), Bob Roberts (1992), Striking Distance (1993), and Drive Angry (2011).

Michael Myers (Halloween)

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Halloween III is the only entry in the series that does not feature the series antagonist, Michael Myers.
The character is the primary antagonist in the Halloween film series, except Halloween III: Season of the Witch, which is not connected in continuity to the rest of the films.

Stacey Nelkin

Stacy Nelkin
The film tells the story of Dr. Dan Challis (Tom Atkins), along with Ellie Grimbridge (Stacey Nelkin), who travel to the small town of Santa Mira, California, where he discovers that Silver Shamrock Novelties, a company run by Conal Cochran (Dan O'Herlihy), is attempting to use the mystic powers of the Stonehenge rocks to kill children when they all wear his masks and watch the Silver Shamrock commercial.
She appeared in the horror film Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) as Ellie Grimbridge.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

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After the film's disappointing reception and box office performance, Michael Myers was brought back six years later in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988).
As its title suggests, the film marks the return of Michael Myers after his absence from the previous installment, Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

Debra Hill

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John Carpenter and Debra Hill, the creators of Halloween, return as producers.
Following its success, Hill and Carpenter worked together on Halloween II (1981) and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982).

Santa Mira

Along with Ellie, Dan traces the mask back to Silver Shamrock Novelties, a company based in the town of Santa Mira, California.

John Carpenter

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John Carpenter and Debra Hill, the creators of Halloween, return as producers.
It was his first direct involvement with the franchise since 1982's Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

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It also departs from the slasher genre, which the rest of the installments were a part of, and instead features a "witchcraft" theme with science fiction aspects.
Supernatural slasher films continued to build in popularity with The Slayer, The Incubus, Blood Song, Don't Go to Sleep and Superstition (the supernatural-themed Halloween III: Season of the Witch, though part of the Halloween franchise, does not adhere to the slasher film formula).

Irwin Yablans

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Irwin Yablans and Moustapha Akkad, who had produced the first two films, filmed Halloween III on a budget of $2.5 million.
He produced films that included Halloween (1978), Tourist Trap (1979), Roller Boogie (1979), Nocturna: Granddaughter of Dracula (1979), Halloween II (1981), Hell Night (1981), Blood Beach (1981), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), and Tank (1984).

Nancy Kyes

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Nancy Kyes played Challis's ex-wife Linda; she had appeared in the first two Halloween films as Laurie Strode's promiscuous friend Annie Brackett.
She also played the role of Linda Challis in Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), as well as roles in two more John Carpenter films: Julie in Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) and Sandy Fadel in The Fog (1980).

Nigel Kneale

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Producers recruited British science fiction writer Nigel Kneale to write the original screenplay, mostly because Carpenter admired his Quatermass series.
Quatermass and the Pit was Kneale's final credited film work; 1979's The Quatermass Conclusion was only released to cinemas in overseas markets after having been made for television in the UK, and he had his name removed from the credits of Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982).

Jamie Lee Curtis

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Nelkin considered it an "honor" to be playing Jamie Lee Curtis's successor.
Curtis has returned to the Halloween series five times, playing Laurie Strode again in the sequels Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Halloween: Resurrection (2002), and Halloween (2018), and having an uncredited voice role in Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982).

Loleta, California

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Most of the filming took place on location in the small coastal town of Loleta, California.
Loleta and Eureka were locations for filming the 1982 horror movie, Halloween III: Season of the Witch; scenes inside "the Silver Shamrock Novelties factory" were filmed in a former milk bottling plant for Familiar Foods on Loleta Drive at Railroad Avenue.

Anthology series

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John Carpenter and Debra Hill believed that the Halloween series had the potential to be an anthology series of films that centered around the night of Halloween, with each sequel containing its own characters, setting, and storyline.
There have been several attempts within the horror genre to have a franchise with an anthology format, such as with the Halloween franchise where the third film, Halloween: Season of the Witch, was meant to be the beginning of a series of anthology horror films, but due to negative reception that plan was shelved.

The Fog

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Atkins played Nick Castle in The Fog (1980) and Rehme in Escape from New York (1981).
The Fog was Atkins' first appearance in a Carpenter film and appeared in Carpenter's next film, Escape from New York (1981) and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), which was produced and scored by Carpenter.

Moustapha Akkad

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Irwin Yablans and Moustapha Akkad, who had produced the first two films, filmed Halloween III on a budget of $2.5 million.

Alan Howarth (composer)

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The soundtrack was composed by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth, who worked together on the score for Halloween II and several other films.
Howarth's collaborations with John Carpenter include: Escape from New York, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Christine, Big Trouble in Little China, Prince of Darkness and They Live.

Dino De Laurentiis

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Kneale asserts that movie mogul Dino De Laurentiis, owner of the film's distribution rights, did not care for it and ordered more graphic violence and gore.

Halloween II (1981 film)

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DVD versions were distributed by Goodtimes in 1998, Universal in 2002, in 2007 as a two-disc "Universal double feature" with Halloween II, and Shout! Factory released a Collector's Edition DVD and Blu-ray of the film on September 18, 2012.
Originally, Halloween II was intended to be the last chapter of the Halloween series to revolve around Michael Myers and the town of Haddonfield, but after the lackluster reaction to Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Michael Myers was brought back six years later in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988).

1982 in film

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Several other horror films that premiered in 1982 performed far better, including Poltergeist ($76,606,280), Friday the 13th Part III ($34,581,519), and Creepshow ($21,028,755).

Dean Cundey

Cundey would go on to work with Carpenter and Hill again on the films The Fog, Escape From New York, The Thing, Halloween II, and Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

Friday the 13th Part III

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Several other horror films that premiered in 1982 performed far better, including Poltergeist ($76,606,280), Friday the 13th Part III ($34,581,519), and Creepshow ($21,028,755).
It placed number 21 on the list of the top-grossing films of 1982, facing strong competition from other high-profile horror releases such as Poltergeist, Creepshow, The Thing, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, The Slumber Party Massacre, X-ray, Visiting Hours, Amityville II: The Possession, Silent Rage, The Beast Within, Cat People and Venom.