‘Halloween Kills’ Director Admits His Feelings Toward the Divisive ‘Halloween III: Season of the Witch’

John Carpenter’s original Halloween launched one of the most iconic horror movie franchises of all time. Horror movie fans tend to have remarkably different series installment rankings. Horror movie sequel Halloween III: Season of the Witch tends to hover toward the top or the very bottom, which has been an ongoing debate for years. Halloween Kills director David Gordon Green recently gave his opinion on the horror film.

Horror movie ‘Halloween III: Season of the Witch’ is a cult favorite

'Halloween III: Season of the Witch' Shout! Factory Blu-ray cover with three Silver Shamrock masks
‘Halloween III: Season of the Witch’ Blu-ray cover | Shout! Factory

1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch shows the exploitation of children on Halloween. Kids all around the country desperately want Silver Shamrock masks for the holiday. There are three masks in the line, including a pumpkin, a green witch, and a skull. Doctor Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins) makes it his mission to uncover Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran’s (Dan O’Herlihy) sinister plans.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch is controversial for being the only installment to not feature the famous slasher, Michael Myers. It treats the two prior installments as fiction and pursues a witchcraft theme instead. As a result of its negative backlash and poor box office performance, the franchise reached a dead-end for six years until 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.

‘Halloween Kills’ director David Gordon Green gives his opinion on ‘Halloween III: Season of the Witch’

'Halloween Kills' director David Gordon Green wearing a suit at the Venice International Film Festival premiere
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Green recently discussed Halloween Kills in an interview with Uproxx. He mentioned that fans have frequently brought up the franchise to ask why he hasn’t incorporated elements from previous Halloween installments.

“People will come to me and say, ‘Well, why did you not include the narrative of Halloween II? Or that an amazing ending in Halloween IV?,'” Green said. “And so, there’s just also so much dialogue in the pros and cons of the franchise as a whole. I love the conversation about it.”

Green brought up Halloween III: Season of the Witch and explained his feelings toward the divisive sequel. He also talked about the potential that a filmmaker might decide to remake the cult classic horror movie one day.

“I think it’s aged well…Season of the Witch is one that I feel personally is an underappreciated installment, but it’s a little bit of a detour,” Green said. “But I like what they were doing with it. And maybe someone will dust that off and remake that someday.”

‘Halloween Kills’ is available in theaters and on Peacock

Halloween Kills marks the second installment of Green’s trilogy. The story picks up where 2018’s installment ended. The Strode family escaped the burning home, but things are far from being over. The family continues to fight off Myers, but the Haddonfield community is now also determined to take the slasher down.

Halloween Kills is now out in theaters and on the streaming service Peacock. Halloween Ends is the final installment, which is scheduled to be released on October 14, 2022. Stay tuned for more details on the trilogy’s conclusion.

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