In Defense Of: Halloween III: Season of the Witch


Welcome back! Continuing with the Halloween theme for the month I will be talking about my favorite Halloween movie series. Just yesterday, I was talking about Halloween. This series is a true classic, but even true classics have their problems. A good amount of the fans of the Halloween series thinks that the third movie or Halloween III: Season of the Witch is the worst.

Halloween III, “focuses on an investigation by Challis and Grimbridge into the activities of Cochran, the mysterious owner of Silver Shamrock Novelties, in the week approaching Halloween night.”

I never had the pleasure of seeing Season of the Witch until I was much older, and AMC had their massive marathon. I even live-tweeted the event. After the movie was over, I came to one conclusion. It was not that bad. In fact, I enjoyed it.
So, I am here to defend Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

*Thunder Crashes in the Background*

Ok. Let us get started.

Original Story
Originally, the Halloween series was not meant to follow Michael Myers. It was supposed to be a different story set on Halloween. Stories about the horrors that await people on Halloween. They stuck with Michael Myers because he became more popular than expected.
I think this story was a nice break from Michael Myers. There is only so much you can do with a crazy killer. I am convinced that Michael Myers had that random mythology forced upon him because he was not meant to have a complicated backstory. He was supposed to be a killer after a family member. That is it.
With Season of the Witch, we get an original story. We get new characters. We get a new horror to worry ourselves silly over. It had a message. It was about corporate greed and how we as consumers are just as greedy. I believe it is more horrifying because you are less likely to run into a serial killer (God willing) but you will fall for corporations and be just as greedy as they are. It makes you think, and it is scary in its own way. I appreciate that in a horror story.

Earworm Ahoy!
Speaking of corporate greed the cornerstone of this movie is that damn commercial. Silver Shamrock is a big part of the plot and is scary. However, I will not lie. I want a mask of my own. It was smart of the story about corporations and the people who fall for companies tricks to have great advertising. The Silver Shamrock song is addicting and catchy. I am going to post it here, and I dare you not to get addicted!

Ambiguous Ending
With Michael Myers, they added that ending where he disappeared to make it more mysterious. That mystery is broken when he shows back up in the second film, though. This movie gets to have that strange ending. The end of the movie always makes me wonder if those guys managed to stop the commercial in time. We don’t know as an audience, and it drives me nuts. I will not lie, but I am convinced they didn’t. It was a dreadful night for thousands of parents.
That made the story even more fun to watch for me. If the series did manage to do the anthology angle, and Michael Myers went missing, I think that would have made the movie perfect. Knowing Michael Myers was still out there would drive me crazy. After all the movies, I have seen of Halloween; I am not as scared of Michael Myers anymore.
I am afraid of the unknown. It is unknown if the commercial was stopped which makes it ten times better.

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Many do not love Halloween III: Season of the Witch, but I enjoyed it. At some point, AMC will air that movie, and I enjoy the ride every time. Until then I will look for a pumpkin mask and wait for Sliver Shamrock to play on my television screen again.
Stick around because next week I jump into another Wes Craven series, Scream.

Until then, the randomness has ended. I hope you enjoyed.

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