As you most likely know, the Halloween film series is built upon the premise of the deranged killer Michael Myers wearing his trademark mask and going on a murder spree throughout his hometown on Halloween. This is more or less the plot of all ten films in the franchise… well, all but one film that is. The black sheep isHalloween III: Season of the Witch.
Halloween III veers drastically away from this formula, cutting out the character of Michael Myers completely. Instead, it replaces the iconic killer with a maniacal mask-maker that plans on killing children on Halloween as he attempts to replicate dark aspects of the Celtic holiday, Samhain.
In theory, the plan for the Halloween franchise was to have each film after Halloween II to have separate, stand-alone characters and storylines all revolving around evil being done on Halloween day; however, Halloween III did poorly with critics and audiences, so by part IV, the producers reverted back to centering all the plots around Michael Myers.
The Blair Witch Project debuted in 1999 to smashing success based on its clever “is it real or isn’t it?” marketing strategy, earning record-breaking profits from its miniscule budget of about $22,000. Audiences loved its “found footage” technique using handheld cameras and very low budget effects as they wondered the fates of three young people who disappeared while searching the woods for the fabled Blair Witch.
Seeing that there was more money to be made after this success, producers fast-tracked a sequel and in the process stripped out everything that people loved from the first film, including Haxan Films, the production company that made the original Blair Witch. Mostly forsaking the pseudo-documentary style of filming with handheld cameras and the “real story” campaign, the studio decided to use more big-budget style filming techniques and special effects for a bigger “commercial success.” But these changes did not go over well audiences. Additionally, The Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows was panned by critics earning it the Golden Raspberry for Worst Sequel of The Year.
Poltergeist is a 1982 Academy-award nominated horror film produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper about the Freeling family, whose house is haunted by an evil spirit that is trying to harm their youngest daughter, Carol Anne. It was immensely successful, eclipsing the $100 million mark at the worldwide box office.