It's a shame this tanked, since it would have enabled a far more interesting franchise. There are intriguing ideas here: a villain who wants to return Halloween from pop culture to primal fear, and a hero punished for infidelity. But it's a few rewrites and a better director away from being all it could—it needs more than a conspiracy of Irishmen, and the Stonehenge idea is almost so dumb it transcends stupidity.
Halloween III is enjoyable, but the poor acting and stunted momentum to the horror gets in the way. Its critique of commercialism seems smart in theory (especially in its anti-commercial efforts of not including Meyers), but that Silver Shamrock song gets old really quick. I enjoyed the gore and Carpenter soundtrack, but the efforts to be different don't really pan out. It's not overrated or underrated. It's just ok.
3.5 O continuare a lui "Halloween," dar irelevant deloc pentru Michael Myers, e întărit de către scene grotesce unice care sunt pline de șarpi și viermi și atmosferă înspăimîntătoare care ne încleștează stomacul încetișor. Chiar dacă acest film nu cîștigă împotriva versiunii originale, e interesant așa cum e. // マイケル・マイヤーズとは全く無関係な「ハロウィン」続編は、蛇と蛆虫の湧き散らかしたグロテスク描写や、胃をゆっくりと握りしめるような不気味な雰囲気によって強度を増している。本家には敵わないが、これはこれで面白い。
It may have been "the definite Halloween film without Michael Myers" in my personal opinion since it has that BODY SNATCHERS feel (androids, exploding masks, weird small town, & the ending), but fans neglected seeing something different than the usual (for which it needed a better title). Yet, I still enjoy watching it again now & then. Carpenter's score is pure Carpenter & final scene is classic. (3.5 - Rewatch)
"a pod movie, not a knife movie"(Debra Hill). People thought "Let's make Halloween 3 an anthology sequel about a nationwide technowitchcraft irish conspiracy focused on sacrificing children using android bodysnatchers & capitalism & the heroes are a doctor and his impromptu girlfriend but also it's nihilistic" and it's so into it & of its time & authentic,and it's a fucking outstanding piece of 80's american cinema.
An annoying repetitive commercial jingle makes you want to tear out your eardrums and throw the bloody parts on the screen before the film is finished. The film seem more targeted to children with the exception of a dark death scene involving a drill. The film title is really against this one as this is more a variation of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" with comedic moments than a true horror movie.
Ironically, it feels carpenteresque more than any other sequel. Departure from the original score brings the rendition with just as catchy commercial theme. It breathes with sense of dread even during sunny October daylight - and that's largely because of industrial, claustrophobic and almost deserted environment. Although it drags at time, killing scenes and make-up effects are the best in the entire franchise.
This movie is thoroughly enjoyable, though its cultish followers (and recent cultish revivalists) tend to embellish on that. What I find most strange is the fact that anyone deemed it necessary to establish that all of the female characters in the film either now have or at one time have had a desire to have sex with Tom Atkins. Aside from being unlikely, it's narratively gratuitous.
It's really no wonder that people reacted poorly to this after the first two installments. This tale of techno pagans and clockwork men is admittedly quite ridiculous on the surface, but its highs are extremely high and the material is genuinely disturbing the more you ruminate on it. A langorous fright flick that stands alone with no clear influences.