Thursday, October 14, 2010

Banana A Day – Halloween 3: Season of the Witch

Halloween 3 is a film that was not received well on its initial release. That is because it has nothing to do with the first two Halloween films. The idea for the film was to establish the Halloween series as an anthology series without a focus on Michael Myers. Unfortunately it failed. Season of the Witch is about a nefarious plot by the Silver Shamrock novelty company to destroy the world. The plan is to harness the power of Stonehenge, put it into Halloween masks and turn children's heads into snakes and spiders. The only thing standing in the way of the annihilation of mankind is a doctor and the daughter of man murdered by Silver Shamrock. The doctor is played by Tom Atkins (Night of the Creeps) and the daughter is played by Stacey Nelkin. Together they investigate the Silver Shamrock company and they end up in Santa Mira, California where Silver Shamrock has their factory. Inexplicably Stacey Nelkin's character falls in lust with Atkin's character after only a few days of knowing him. The only explanation for this is that the film was made in the eighties a time when a young woman could appreciate an older, burly, beer guzzling, moustachioed man. After spending the night together the two end up in the Shamrock factory. Here is where they discover that the entire plan has been conceived by company founder Conal Cochran. His confusing explanation for wanting to turn children's heads into snakes and spiders is because he wants to play the greatest practical joke, a joke on the children. There is also something to do with Celtic druids and the festival of Samhain which is too confusing to explain. While the plot for this film is ridiculous it works surprisingly well. The only thing holding this film back from being hailed as a true 80s classic is the name Halloween. The movie is very watchable due to the performance by Tom Atkins. The cinematography by John Carpenter regular Dean Cundy and score by Carpenter himself also helps. This movie is ridiculous, but takes itself so seriously that it is hard to not enjoy and appreciate that.

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