While Halloween III: Season of the Witch is regarded as an oddity in the Halloween franchise, it retains a devoted following, including Halloween Ends director David Gordon Green.
In fact, Green is such a fan of the film that the credits in Halloween Ends are entirely modeled after the color scheme of the titles in Season of the Witch, which not only serves as a tribute to that film but also reminds audiences that the two adventures have a lot in common, namely that they are both surprises. Halloween Ends is now playing in theatres and on Peacock.
While the bulk of Halloween films used an orange typeface, Green picked a blue font to emphasize how unusual Ends is from other encounters. Green acknowledged this nod to ComicBook.com as more than a coincidence.
“Even when we’re creating our title sequences, the font of [Halloween Ends] is blue instead of orange, which is a tiny tribute to Halloween III: Season of the Witch, which was its own curveball to the brand,” the filmmaker explained.
Following the huge success of the first Halloween, John Carpenter and Debra Hill co-wrote Halloween II, knowing that the studio would make a sequel anyhow and hoping to finally kill off Michael Myers.
This allowed Halloween III to pivot and explore a wholly unique Halloween-related plot that didn’t require the Myers mythology, establishing a franchise in which each picture could be a distinct Halloween-centric story.
Season of the Witch centered on a wicked mask-maker who inserted devices in Halloween masks that killed any child wearing them when a specific jingle played on television.
Regardless of Season of the Witch’s qualities, fans were quite upset to see a film with the word “Halloween” in its title that had nothing to do with Michael Myers, save for an in-world commercial promoting a network broadcast of the original Halloween film.
The film’s failures forced the anthology plan to be scrapped entirely, and the next picture concentrated on Michael Myers’ return.
This isn’t Green’s first allusion to Halloween III, since trick-or-treaters in both Halloween and Halloween Kills wore the classic skull, witch, and jack-o’-lantern masks made popular in that sequel.
Halloween Ends is now playing in theatres and on Peacock.