Looking back, it seems that subtitled “Halloween” to “Season of the Witch” was a big mistake. The problem many fans of the franchise have with the movie is that it doesn’t star Michael Myers, even if the core theme of Halloween scares remains intact. Advertising it as a “Halloween” movie rather than its own thing seems to have destroyed the film, as well as the entire “Halloween” series, for years.
“A lot of people were not happy when it came out,” Atkins said. “They watched ‘Halloween’ [in the title] and thought Michael Myers would be in. “
Because of this subtitle and the misconceptions surrounding the film, the huge fan following and critical reception the film received put an end to any future anthology entries in the series. movie “Halloween”. Michael Myers would return in a movie called “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” in 1988, with all sequels and reboots focusing on the masked killer with different results.
At the same time, however, appreciation for what “Season of the Witch” sought has grown. John Carpenter’s original vision for how versatile and inclusive of Halloween’s evils can be hailed as being ahead of its time in recent years, and deservedly so – at least, according to Atkins.
“It’s different from the others, and it stands on its own,” he explains. “It’s a really good movie.”
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