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chise spun a unique yarn. Later, when I discovered the dubious joy of Michael Myers, it soured my opinion of this film. Now I actually consider it second only to the first movie as far as its series ranking goes. Cult British Sci-Fi writer Nigel Kneale was brought on for scriptwriting duties. John Carpenter, still involved as producer, was a huge fan of Kneale’s Quatermass scripts for BBC television and Hammer Films. Car- penter would even pay homage by adopting the pseudonym of Martin Quatermass for his Prince of Darkness screenplay. Rumour has it Kneale’s script was loosely based on an idea previously rejected by the BBC for being too disturbing, given its infanticide theme. Director Wallace would ultimately rewrite large parts of the script due to a perceived anti-Irish bigotry, leading Kneale’s name to be replaced by Wallace in the final credits. (Per- Watch the trailer for Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch NewJerseyStage.com 2015 - ISSUE 10 39