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HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982) – Episode 198 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“It’s almost time, kids. The clock is ticking. Be in front of your TV sets for the Horrorthon, followed by the Big Giveaway. Don’t miss it. And don’t forget to wear your masks. The clock is ticking. It’s almost time.” Everybody sing! Three more days to Halloween, Halloween, Halloween … Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they give evidence to their belief that every day is Halloween by covering Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) in January.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 198 – Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

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Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.


Halloween III: Season of the Witch is Crystal’s pick and it has always been her favorite of all of the followups to the original Halloween (1978) and loves it just as much today as the first time she saw it. Those who know Crystal know she has a thing for androids and that goes for Tom Atkins and Dan O’Herlihy as well. Chad is really into this “no Michael Myers” concept of Halloween III and an anthology-like series of Halloween movies. He loved H3 the first time he saw it and he loves it still. For Bill, there’s a huge dropoff in the sequels to Halloween (1978). As for H3, he had to get over the “no Michael Myers” hump, and even though the story makes no sense, he now enjoys it more each time he sees it. H3’s 14-time repetition of its famous jingle annoyed Jeff to no end when he first saw the movie. But like Bill, he now enjoys the film and even the jingle.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch gets a universal thumbs-up from your 1980s Grue-Crew! If you haven’t seen it for a while, or if it previously left a bad taste in your mouth, it might be time to check it out again. After all, it’s only 280 days to Halloween, Halloween, Halloween…

At the time of this writing, Halloween III: Season of the Witch is available for streaming on multiple PPV services and on physical media as a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition from Shout! Factory.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Chad, will be From Beyond (1986). Lovecraft, Gordon, Crampton, and Combs for episode 199!

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.