“They’re going to kill us — all of us!”
When a doctor (Tom Atkins) helps a young woman (Stacey Nelkin) investigate the murder of her father (Al Berry) eight days before Halloween, he uncovers a plot by the nefarious owner of a novelties company (Dan O’Herlihy) to use Halloween masks to control kids all over the country.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Amateur Sleuths
- Horror Films
- Mad Doctors and Scientists
This third film in the Halloween (1978) horror film franchise is notorious for not featuring serial killer “Michael Meyers” and actually having nothing at all to do with the original film (other than showing clips of it on television in the background). Producer John Carpenter’s idea was to begin a series of Halloween (the holiday)-related films each year, starting with this one about masks, androids, shamrocks, and the power of Stonehenge (!). Unfortunately, the intriguing central premise — i.e., a silver medallion on many of the masks that will brainwash kids through a commercial airing on Halloween — neither makes much sense (what’s up with the bugs and other creepy-crawlies that come oozing out?):
… nor pays off effectively.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- A creepy premise
- Atmospheric cinematography
No; you can skip this one unless you’re curious. Listed as a Sleeper in the back of Peary’s book.