HALLOWEEN III SEASON OF THE WITCH | © 2012 Shout! Factory

HALLOWEEN III SEASON OF THE WITCH | © 2012 Shout! Factory

The most underrated and misunderstood film in the entire 10 film HALLOWEEN franchise is getting a special Midnight showing tonight (October 24) at the Nuart in Los Angeles.

Presented by Cinefile, 1982’s HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH, the only non-Michael Myers film, is back on the big screen. The film, written and directed by Tommy Lee Wallace, tells the story of a mad Northern California maskmaker (Dan O’Herlihy) who plans to bring Halloween back to its dark roots. It’s up to a doctor (Tom Atkins) to try to stop him.

Although Wallace directed, HALLOWEEN creators John Carpenter and Debra Hill are all over the film. The duo produced the film while Carpenter and longtime musical collaborator Alan Howarth provided a HALLOWEEN-esque score.

After HALLOWEEN II, Carpenter decided he didn’t want to see the Myers saga continue and thought it would be more interesting to do an anthology with the HALLOWEEN brand – new Halloween-themed movies with SEASON OF THE WITCH being the first. The experiment failed. Fans rebelled and boxoffice wasn’t great, however, the film has amassed a devoted following.

It’s also one of the only other films in the HALLOWEEN saga (outside of 1981’s HALLOWEEN II) to retain the flavor, mood and atmosphere of the original.

The best way to view the film, if you haven’t seen it, is to treat it as its own movie. Don’t expect Michael Myers, just expect a strange, original thrill ride that’s more INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS than slasher film.

To experience it on the big screen tonight, you can PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

And check out ASSIGNMENT X‘s review of HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION LIMITED EDITION which was recently released on Blu-ray.

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