One of the biggest clichés in the Horror genre, outside of lusting teenagers getting intimate in a secluded and uninhabited area at midnight, is that of unnecessary sequels. You can’t find many Horror film series that didn’t overstay their welcome by at least 3 or 4 films before vanishing into utter absurdity. There are many examples of this; There were 5 official sequels in the Nightmare of Elm Street, Friday the 13th had 9 sequels. This is also not counting the cross-overs, television series and remakes. Both of the original films were considered landmarks of the Horror genre and brought about a rabid desire in the 1980s for a slew of slasher films to follow suit. Over time, the original films were forgotten and the genre was diluted to the point where the original films were unrecognisable. This is unfortunately the fall of the Horror genre as a whole.
Maybe one of the more inappropriate and perplexing Horror sequels (aside from Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan) was the third Halloween film of the original 8 entitled “Halloween III: Season of the Witch”.
Maybe one of the more confusing things about this film is the deviation from the winning formula put in place by John Carpenter, namely the unstoppable antagonist Michael Myers. Season of the Witch removed Myers from the equation and essentially belongs in a world where the previous Halloween films are just films and works of fiction. The film centres around a shady toy company Silver Shamrock and their fiendish plans to KILL MILLIONS OF CHILDREN ON HALLOWEEN.
Oh, and there army of android killers that keep popping up. You always need androids.
As a kid, I watched this on Channel 5 on a Friday evening and was mainly intrigued to watch one of the Michael Myers films. I was surprised to find no trace of the Shatner mask wearing psychopath outside of a brief clip of a trailer for the original film in a bar scene. There were a few moments that creeped me out, namely the Silver Shamrock adverts and the scene where a young Pumpkin mask wearing child has his head disintegrated to snakes and locusts. However, watching it back now, I find the whole deal corny in a typical 80s Horror film way.
The idea of removing the series cash cow and replacing him with a narrative revolving around the theft of Stone Henge and mass child murder may seem like a terrible idea. Well, I guess the scathing reviews it received and negative fan reactions it invokes to this day is all the explanation required as to why the series returned to the Michael Myers cannon. Then again, it’s not like those sequels were of a higher quality of film as the series pretty much followed the same pattern of it’s Elm Street and 13th counterparts.
All of that aside, there is no better viewing material on Halloween than a campy, unnecessary Horror sequel. This film fits that bill.