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Empire's 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | The follow-ups that achieve greatness in their own right

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Halloween III
DIRECTED BY TOMMY LEE WALLACE
RELEASED: 1982

Why's it so good? John Carpenter and director Tommy Lee Wallace will always deserve praise for daring to move the Halloween series away from hack'n'slash territory, as an evil Irish toymaker (Dan O'Herlihy) plans to trigger a Pagan apocalypse through a series of very special Halloween masks, and the most unsettling ditty in movie history. Altogether now: "Three more days to Halloween, Halloween, Halloween..."

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How does it stack up to the original? Carpenter's original is one of the five greatest horror films of all time. Wallace's movie might scrape into the top 30. But it's on this list because it dares to be so different. It's a bonkers film: masks dissolving and fomenting snakes and spiders and 'orrible fings, robotic henchmen dispatching nurses with power drills. But when it works, largely thanks to a morbid atmosphere that calls to mind Carpenter's The Fog, it's deeply unsettling. And that ending...

Glaring error: Going back to the Michael Myers yawnathon for the next Halloween picture. And the next. And the next. And the�


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 36 MONTHS


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