Christopher Sebela

writer, wronger, rearranger

Combined with its weird pedigree, this all makes the movie something of a singular experience. Today it’s rightly found an audience, but one can’t help but experience Halloween III through that aforementioned “what if” context, and when we watch it we’re imagining that alternate world where Halloween III was a hit. In that world, it was followed by the 1983 release of Halloween IV, a film that had all the earmarks of the series - that Cundey lighting, that Carpenter/Howarth score, that repertory company - but was yet another standalone tale. We watch Halloween III and imagine a decade in which “John Carpenter’s Halloween” meant an annual, all-new experience. When we watch and love Halloween III, we’re loving a franchise that never really existed, and that’s part of the appeal.

Timing Is Everything: The Unfortunate Case Of HALLOWEEN III

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