Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, . , . Screenplay by . Cinematography by . Produced by , . Music by John Carpenter, . Production Design by . Costume Design by . Film Editing by .
With the demise of Michael Myers at the end of Halloween 2, John Carpenter and Debra HIll intended to keep the series going by producing horror films taking place on or around the spooky holiday but with different characters and settings. The project only went as far as this one film, making a profit at the box office but not a big enough hit to prevent producers from insisting that the famed villain be brought back for future entries. The lightly fun though mostly nonsensical story has a doctor treat a patient who has come in with a mysterious psychosis and is then murdered by a silent man in a grey suit. The deceased was a toy story merchant whose daughter wants to look into his death and the doctor, for some reason, joins her on a road trip to a small coastal town as if he were a detective, likely to get away from his miserable ex-wife (director Tommy Lee Wallace’s wife , who played Annie in the original film) and his own drinking problem. The place they travel to is one whose central employment is a toy factory whose building harbours a very dark, but unintentionally campy secret involving lasers, Stonehenge, and some dangerous masks being sold to children in the days leading up to Halloween (accompanied by a very annoying earworm of a commercial). There’s a few creepy moments and sometimes it’s fun, but for the most part it barely knows where to go next and too much of it doesn’t make enough sense for it to be a satisfying evening of gore.