30 terrible movies saved by great endings

Bad films that find their footing at the last minute

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

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The third installment of the Halloween film series, Halloween III: Season of the Witch centers on hospital emergency room Dr. Daniel “Dan” Challis (Tom Atkins) and Ellie Grimbridge (Stacey Nelkin), the daughter of a murder victim, who uncover a terrible plot by small-town mask maker Conal Cochran (Dan O’Herlihy). Conal is planning a Halloween mass murder through an ancient Celtic ritual that involves a boulder stolen from Stonehenge, the use of Silver Shamrock masks, and a triggering device contained in a television commercial.

Despite its confusing plot, the movie is somehow saved by Atkins’ impressive performance at the end of the film. After discovering Conal’s evil plan, Dr. Dan runs to a gas station demanding to use the gas attendant’s phone. He then calls the TV stations to stop airing the aforementioned commercial. The doctor goes hysterical as the commercial continues to play, and screams into the phone over and over, “Stop it, stop it, stop it, stop it!” Despite having a very limited script, Atkins nailed the scene, giving viewers a rather satisfying ending to a film packed with trivial thrills and uncertain plotting.