‘Halloween III’ Director Writes About “Misunderstood” Film

by Thomas Tuna

Leave Michael Myers behind at your own peril.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch–released four decades ago–is the only entry in the now-iconic series to not include Michael Myers, and fans and critics were not kind to it at the time. The film has gained something of a cult following since, though, and now the pic’s director has taken pen in hand to write a tell-all book.

Tommy Lee Wallace–during a recent interview with Syfy Wire–discussed his new book: Halloween 3: Where the Hell is Michael Myers? The Definitive History of Horror’s Most Understood Film. The volume will be available from Bear Manor Media next month.

“I really wanted this book to be a kind of truth-telling,” Wallace said. “There are various myths and stories attendant to this project–especially regarding the original script for the movie–and I wanted to give all that a good airing out and tell the truth about what went on.”

Wallace explained that he and John Carpenter rewrote Nigel Kneale’s original script, but “since John didn’t put his name on it, I would up with sole writing credit. Which is a ridiculous credit because it’s just so inaccurate.”

Halloween III–starring Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O’Herlihy and Michael Currie–departed from the usual slasher storyline, and instead featured a “witchcraft” theme with science-fiction aspects. It was thought the Halloween series could become an anthology centered around Halloween night, with each sequel having its own characters.

The movie earned $14.4 million domestically on a budget of $2.5 million, but was not embraced by critics or fans. Predictably, Myers made his bloody return with the next film in the franchise.

Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the Halloween film franchise.


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