Reviled in its time, but now a cult classic for its creative subversion of the Michael Myers formula, Halloween III: Season of the Witch is the most seasonal film of the franchise, and perhaps the greatest delight as well. The bleached Captain Kirk mask has been traded in for a more traditional set of Halloween icons, but the evil hidden within pervades this new commercial threat in equal measures. It may not be as sleekly directed or overtly terrifying as John Carpenter’s iconic original, but this attempt to break away from the now defined tropes of the slasher genre provides a veritable grab bag of spectacular spooks, including Celtic rituals, body snatching robots, deep-seated conspiracy plots, and worldwide peril for trick ‘r treaters everywhere. We’re joined again by our resident expert on all things Halloween, Jesse Sparks, to discuss what makes this odd duck such a perennial Halloween favorite, and why it failed to capture the audience’s imaginations upon its initial release.
0:00: Radiohead’s Hail to the Thief (2003)
12:04: David’s Horror Highlights — Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
15:45: Jesse’s Horror Highlights — The Invisible Man (2020), Seconds (1966)
22:04: Calvin’s Horror Highlights — Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971), Ganja & Hess (1973)
31:21: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
40:18: Halloween III: Season of the Witch
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