Drive-In Review: HALLOWEEN III (Blu-Ray/DVD)

The third installment of the core Carpenter involved Halloween films is now on Blu-Ray from Scream Factory. Check out the review below and see if it’s worth your hard earned cash.

HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)

Stars: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Daniel O’ Herlihy, Dick Warlock

Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace

Distributed by: Scream Factory

Format: Blu-Ray

Finally, this film gets a decent looking transfer to the realm of HD. Sure Halloween III may not be a big fan favorite to those who view “Any film without Michael Myers isn’t a Halloween film.” Trust me there are horror fans out there that feel that way still. It is a sad thought that this film could have been accepted more by fiends if it was just called Season of The Witch and left off the whole Halloween name to begin with.

Who really missed Michael Myers? Think about it, we were happy that Mikey got burnt to a crisp at the end of Halloween II so why not let someone else have the fun. Don’t get me wrong, when Halloween 4 was announced and we found out Michael was back, this critic couldn’t have been happier. That however, is not an indictment of this film.

Halloween III feels like Halloween. The atmosphere of those crisp autumn days and cold chilly nights can really be felt in this film. Thanks of course to Cinematographer Dean Cundey of course.

The film hits all of the marks for a great horror flick. From an unraveling mystery that intrigues from the very opening shot. Something involving toy masks, killer robots and “trade secrets” gives way to something even more sinister and primitive by the end. Something about the story’s most unlikely moments helps boost the film’s creep and fun factors.

Director Tommy Lee Wallace  stages some really unforgettable moments here. The hotel room obliteration of Marge Guttman, for example, is about as nasty a moment as they come.But Wallace also understands the importance of atmosphere, and Halloween III doesn’t disappoint. One of the best moments in the entire series is the country-wide montage of kids parading around in Silver Shamrock costumes while that song plays. You know what song we mean, that damn tune will drill a hole in your brain I tells ya! It doesn’t come off like a recreation of Halloween. It is Halloween, and it’s a damn impressive feat.

Drive-In Totals:

10 Dead Bodies

Drill To The Face

Bonecrushing

Head Smashing

TV Busting

Gun Fu

Drill Fu

Knife Fu

Car Fu

Hotel Fu

And a theme song that will drive you insane!

The DTS-HD MA 2.0 lossless track is serviceable and clean, but hardly spectacular.

The two commentary tracks on this release really answer any and all questions one could have for Halloween III

The half-hour documentary is quite good, too. Very informative and fun, with lots of great trivia offered. We also get a featurette on shooting locations revisited, a still gallery and TV spots. All-in-all, a delightful package for fans.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a cult classic. It had to fight its way up the horror ranks so to speak but is still as enjoyable and scary as any other Halloween film in my book. Glad my Blu-Ray collection has this in it now.

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with director Tommy Lee Wallace
  • Audio commentary with actor Tom Atkins
  • Stand Alone: The Making of HALLOWEEN III: Season of the Witch featuring Tommy Lee Wallace, Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dick Warlock, Dean Cundey and more
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds- Revisiting the original shooting locations
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots

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