I don’t think I’ve ever done a straight-up DVD review of a film I’ve already reviewed here on UM.com, but these Shout Factory re-issues are just too rad not to talk about. Over the past few years, I’ve become a big fan of the red-headed step child of the Halloween franchise. I like how kooky and weird the movie is and adore Tom Atkins and his performance as the doctor who doesn’t really care about his family, but wants to help a pretty young thing figure out a mystery involving Halloween masks turning children into monsters.
When Shout Factory announced their brand new horror-themed endeavor Scream Factory, I was jazzed. I got even more excited when I saw that Halloween II and III were going to be the first offerings. Shout’s known for putting all kinds of awesome extra features on their DVDs and Blurays and this one is no exception as it includes commentaries with director Tommy Lee Wallace and Atkins separately, a making-of feature with almost everyone involved in the film, trailers, still galleries and an installment of Horror’s Hollowed Grounds showcasing the film.
I haven’t listened to both commentaries just yet because of time constraints, but I loved the other extras. I watched the behind the scenes doc first called Stand Alone: The Making of Halloween III Season of the Witch. It starts off lamenting the film’s unfortunate designation as the Halloween movie that tried and failed to launch the franchise as a series of anthologies, but then really gets into the nitty gritty, including a lot of stuff I hadn’t heard, read or seen before. I especially liked the story about how the Silver Shamrock theme song came about, I thought all that was really fun and interesting.
I also enjoyed watching the Horror’s Hollowed Ground video. I first became aware of this concept as a feature in HorrorHound, a magazine I like even given its editing problems (at least back when I was reading it a year or two back). Basically host/writer Sean Clark takes a movie and goes to the locations it was filmed. In this case, he’s actually joined by Wallace, which makes for an interesting experience. Between this and the making-of feature, I felt like I got a ton of information about the film, so when I did listen to some of the commentaries, it felt like a bit of a rehash. That’s why I’m holding off a bit right now so that when I do go back and listen to them, they’ll feel fresh and new.
If you’re any kind of Halloween or Season of the Witch fan, I can not recommend picking up this single disc 30th anniversary “Silver Shamrock” Edition more. It’s definitely worth it.