I initially didn't care for Halloween III because I watched it as a teenager and resented the idea that Michael Myers was not in it...as many did upon its initial release...but I grew to like it and to almost prefer it to the original Halloween (sacrilege I know) due to its chilling story and 'nationwide' stakes. I usually watch it every October because, as Carpenter and Debra Hill intended, it stands on its own and acknowledges the commercial side of Halloween which is often featured in movies set on the holiday but usually in just decor and not the actual marketing used to sell Halloween to people. It also reminds me of a time in the US when Halloween was an event rather than a holiday that was overtaken by the steamroller of Christmas before its day is even over. When I was a kid around that time, Halloween programing was either made or recycled for the channels I watched and stores, restaurants, and radio stations all got into the act to enjoy the spooky and silly aspects of the holiday. Now, people go trick or treating and have Halloween parties because its something that's done every year...but not because its special. Hell, some kids don't even dress up anymore. Its really sad because it takes the piss out of a great Fall holiday that I used to look forward to yearly. I strongly believe that if this film were remade nowadays (and I think it should be...I've got a great script for it too) it would be even more relevant than it was in the 80s. Halloween really has become a sad joke and needs to be revived and respected, which is the driving ideal behind Cochran's whole plan. I think if you're a horror fan and you've avoided this film because of its non-association with Michael Myers, you owe it to yourself to give it a chance just once. Oh...and regardless of if you love it or hate it...just try getting that damn Silver Shamrock Song out of your head.
(to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down)
Four more days till Halloween,
Four more days till Halloween