Halloween 2/Halloween 3: Season of the Witch [2 Discs] [DVD]

  • SKU: 8371852
  • Release Date: 08/14/2007
  • Rating: R
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88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (27 out of 31)

Synopsis


Halloween III: Season of the Witch
The only installment of the Halloween 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 Halloween film, co-produced the third installment with Debra Hill, who would later soldier on without Carpenter for additional, belated sequels. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Halloween II
While John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween irrevocably changed the style of horror cinema with its simple but relentlessly tense story, it triggered more than a decade's worth of uninspired, exploitative knock-offs, and one could easily list Halloween II among these failures. As with its predecessor, this film was written and produced by Carpenter and Debra Hill, but the terse style and unbearable suspense of the first film are missing, replaced by a more simplistic stalk-and-slash scenario. Directorial duties were handed over to Rick Rosenthal, whose lack of expertise is quite evident (though he managed to hit his stride two years later with the prison actioner Bad Boys). The plot picks up exactly where the original left off: Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), shaken and injured from her battle with unkillable psycho Michael Myers, is taken to the Haddonfield Hospital for observation, while Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) continues his desperate search for his monstrous patient. An interesting plot twist has Loomis' investigations revealing Michael's true identity (some of these sequences incorporate footage of young Michael originally shot for the television version of Halloween, which contained scenes hinting at the link between Michael and Laurie). After slashing his way through the town, Myers manages to track Laurie to the hospital, where the remainder of the action takes place. Numerous night-shift employees are slaughtered in a variety of gruesome ways before Loomis catches up with his quarry, leading to an explosive -- and seemingly conclusive -- confrontation. Pleasence is compelling as usual, but Curtis, who made an auspicious debut in the original, is sadly wasted here, her character reduced to shuffling half-drugged through darkened hospital corridors and screaming helplessly. Carpenter's active involvement in the Halloween franchise continued to dwindle steadily from one sequel to the next, getting scarcely a mention by the time producers Hill, Moustapha Akkad and Irwin Yablans revived the series in 1988 for three more sequels. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Tom Atkins
    Tom Atkins - Dr. Daniel Challis
  • Stacey Nelkin
    Stacey Nelkin - Ellie Grimbridge
  • Dan O'Herlihy
    Dan O'Herlihy - Conal Cochran
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    Ralph Strait - Buddy Kupfer
  • Michael Currie
    Michael Currie - Rafferty



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars with 31 reviews

88%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Halloween III rocks!

    Posted
    TheFreakyOne

    First off, these 2 movies should never have been packaged together. Not for the reasons most state, but just the opposite, Halloween 3 should be a stand alone movie outside of the Myers genre. Also, this makes no sense, why put 2 and 3 together? If anything, it should be 1 & 2. I know, I know, people see this as a Michael Myers movie that went bad, but it's not. It never was. The real story behind the Halloween movie series (as explained by it's creator, John Carpenter) was supposed to be a series of all completely different halloween horror themed movies. Then, Hollywood took over, capitalizing on what they saw as a franchise. So, with that in mind, this is a really cool movie. It's just too bad that they didn't follow that original line and split Michael from the story series. This movie alone scared the c-r-a-p out of me as a kid. It's truly evil. What a great story never seen before or since. All the great elements to a creepy story including Halloween, small town, ghosts, witches, demons, hell, wicked technology and terrorizing families and their kids. So, to really enjoy this movie, as it's own movie, just watch it as a movie called, Season of the Witch. You'll appreciate it. Happy, Happy Halloween, Silver Shamrocks!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One great sequel and another great installment

    Posted
    Animeboy413

    "Halloween II" is about the same night of October 31st 1978, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has been hospitalized and Michael Myers is still on the loose. Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasance) is still hot on his trail to stop him as he discovers what is the truth behind Michael Myers's intentions as the killer is in the halls of the hospital killing whoever is in his way to get to Laurie. Onward to "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" goes beyond Haddonfield as it goes into Southern California where a doctor named Dr. Daniel Cahills (Tom Atkins) is puzzled by a strange old dying toy salesman who babbles about some mysterious conspiracy that will happen soon then he dies later on. After the death of the toy salesman, Daniel discovers a strange mask as evidence for it could be the link and key to his death as she joins up with a woman named Ellie (Stacey Nelkin) to a small California town called Santa Mari which is the home of the popular novelty/mask/toy company called "Silver Shamrock". The owner Colnal Cochran is a modern warlock that wants to murder all children on Halloween night using special technologically advanced magic masks. "Halloween II" is an excellent follow-up to the immortal John Carpenter masterpiece that is just as fun, scary and thrilling as the original but with some added gore in it including a scene where a guy is hammered to the skull or a syringe to the eye. "Halloween III" is the misunderstood installment of the franchise for Michael Myers was abscent in it well because John Carpenter who produced part 2 and this installment decided that Michael's story is done with part 2 and wanted to make a "Creepshow" and "Twilight Zone"-esque anthology of different horror stories about Halloween every year instead of Michael but fans didn't accept it. For it's unbeatable price it's worth checking out.. i only wish John Carpenter Halloween 2 would be release on Blu Ray

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Double Feature Pack!

    Posted
    HorrorFan78

    Halloween II/III Double Feature is highly recommended! You get two great movie for a rather modest price! If you loved the first Halloween, then you are going to also love the second and third. Although the third doesn't include Michael Myers, it includes villians that are just as scary and brutal as him, plus the story is great! Totally recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Halloween, or anyone, for that matter!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What's Halloween without Halloween?!!!

    Posted
    randblue
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    Ok I only bought this for the Season of the Witch. I loved the darkness of it and I think all the evil about it goes right along with the same evil that controls Michael Meyers, right? Overall A plus for a great deal on these movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Halloween

    Posted
    Mine
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    I love this movie. Was a great deal. Lower price than other stores

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love Halloween II

    Posted
    Chanda
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    Part 2 is so scary and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Part 3 has nothing to do with the story line.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    NOT A FAN

    Posted
    Creeh
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    not a fan at all! this is a waste of time and no one should waste their money!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

    Posted
    Vlferg1965
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    Recommend this movie to family and friends great movie

    I would recommend this to a friend



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