Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

USA, 1982
35mm film, Panavision, Technicolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Tommy Lee Wallace.

Plot Summary

As approaches, kids across America are desperate for a new range of , heavily advertised with an annoying TV advert. But the masks are in fact deadly killing machines devised by an Irish toymaker, Conal Cochrane, who wants Halloween to be restored to its pagan roots.


* = uncredited

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
Dino De Laurentiis Productions, Universal Pictures
Executive Producers: Moustapha Akkad, Joseph Wolf, Irwin Yablans
Producers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
Associate Producer: Barry Bernardi
Script: Tommy Lee Wallace, Nigel Kneale *
Director of Photography: Dean Cundey
Editing: Millie Moore
Music: John Carpenter, Alan Howarth
Sound Mixer: Thomas Causey
Wardrobe Supervisor: Jane Ruhm
Make Up: Ron Walters
Hair: Frankie Bergman
Special Make Up Effects: Thomas R. Burman
Mask Maker: Don Post
Special Effects: Jon G. Belyeu
Production Designer: Peter Jamison
Locations: Loleta, California, USA [uncredited[

Tom Atkins (Daniel Challis)
Stacy Nelkin (Ellie Grimbridge)
Dan O'Herlihy (Conal Cochran)
Michael Currie (Rafferty)
Ralph Strait (Buddy Kupfer)
Jadeen Barbor (Betty Kupfer)
Bradley Schachter (Little Buddy)
Garn Stephens (Marge)
Nancy Kyes (Linda Challis)
Jon Terry (Starker)
Al Berry (Harry Grimbridge)
Wendy Wessberg (Teddy)
Essex Smith (Walter Jones)
Maidie Norman (Nurse Agnes)
John MacBride (sheriff)
Loyd Catlett (Charlie)
Paddi Edwards (secretary)
Norman Merrill (Red)
Patrick Pankhurst (technician)
Dick Warlock (assassin)

Alternative Titles

Season of the Witch

Sequel to
Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (1981)

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Halloween 5 (1989)
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

See also
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1955)



  • Cinefantastique vol.13 no.1 (September / October 1982) p.15 – review
  • Cinefantastique vol.13 no.4 (April / May 1983) pp.57, 60 – article
  • City Limits no.88 (10 June 1983) p.22 – review
  • The Dark Side no.60 p.18 – review
  • L'Écran Fantastique no.26 (September 1982) p.6 – review
  • Empire no.162 (December 2002) p.166 – illustrated DVD review
  • Films and Filming no.346 (July 1983) pp.36-37 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.274 no.5 (22 October 1982) – credits, review
  • Killing Moon no.4 p.19 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.50 no.593 (June 1983) pp.158-159 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Radio Times 25-31 October 1986 p.25 – review
  • Screen International no.396 (28 May 1983) p.19 – review
  • Sight & Sound vol.10 no.11 (November 2000) p.70 – video review
  • Starburst no.59 (July 1983) pp.14-17 – interview
  • Strange Adventures Summer Special 1989 p.7 – review
  • Variety 27 October 1982 p.15 – credits, review
  • Variety 12 May 1982 – credits


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  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.381
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