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Halloween III: Season of the Witch Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

The only installment of the series to abandon the Michael Myers story line, Halloween III: Season of the Witch is an intricate sci-fi horror hybrid. A week before Halloween, an older man named Harry Grimbridge (Al Berry) is wounded by a mysteriously dispassionate group of assailants in an industrial parking lot. After receiving treatment at a local hospital from Dr. Dan Challis (Tom Atkins) -- a hard-drinking divorced father of two -- Grimbridge is killed by an assassin who later sets himself on fire. Blowing off his own kids, Challis teams up with Grimbridge's daughter, Ellie (Stacey Nelkin), to find out why the middle-aged toy salesman was murdered. The duo's search soon leads them to a Halloween-mask factory run by inventor and practical joker Conal Cochran (Dan O'Herlihy). In between bouts of passionate lovemaking, Ellie and Challis begin to realize that the sinister old businessman has something other than treats in mind for America's kids -- something to do with the Silver Shamrock masks that Challis' children and thousands of other youngsters have bought for the holiday. Original screenwriter Nigel Kneale, whose scripts for Britain's Quatermass TV series made him a beloved science fiction fixture, sued the producers of Halloween III to have his name removed from the credits after seeing the gory finished product; director Tommy Lee Wallace ultimately received screenplay credit. John Carpenter, director of the first film, co-produced the third installment with Debra Hill, who would later soldier on without Carpenter for additional, belated sequels. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Cast

Tom Atkins
as Dr. Daniel Challis
Stacey Nelkin
as Ellie Grimbridge
Dan O'Herlihy
as Conal Cochran
Ralph Strait
as Buddy Kupfer
Michael Currie
as Rafferty
Jadeen Barbor
as Betty Kupfer
Bradley Schachter
as Little Buddy
Garn Stephens
as Marge
Michael Greene
as Technician
Essex Smith
as Walter Jones
Loyd Catlett
as Charlie
Paddi Edwards
as Secretary
Nathaniel Merrill
as Red
Patrick Pankhurst
as Technician
Joshua Miller
as Willie Challis
Dick Warlock
as Assassin
Michael Greene
as Technician
Joshua Miller
as Willie Challis
Essex Smith
as Walter Jones
Loyd Catlett
as Charlie
Nathaniel Merrill
as Red
Patrick Pankhurst
as Technician
Paddi Edwards
as Secretary

Crew

Tommy Lee Wallace
Director
Joseph Wolf
Producer
Irwin Yablans
Producer
Debra Hill
Producer
John Carpenter
Producer
Tommy Lee Wallace
Screenwriter
Dean Cundey
Cinematographer
Alan Howarth
Composer (Music Score)
John Carpenter
Composer (Music Score)
Millie Moore
Editor
Jeffrey Chernov
Editor
Peter Jamison
Production Designer
Barry Bernardi
Associate Producer
Irwin Yablans
Executive Producer
Joseph Wolf
Executive Producer
Sam Nicholson
Animator
Raymond Stella
Camera Operator
Warren Hamilton
Sound Editor
Thomas R. Burman
Makeup Special Effects
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