I'm not sure Carpenter envisaged Halloween as a franchise at the outset. Indeed, I think Carpenter was simply happy to get the film made.David@FrankHarvey said:You do know that Carpenter's original plan for the franchise was to be comprised of different, unrelated stories don't you? I believe Carpenter was roped into the second one which he didn't want to do, hence why he had as little to do with it as possible (i.e. didn't direct).
I appreciate it if you don't like it as a film, but I used to hate - now I love it!
To my knowledge, when Carpenter was approached about a third movie, he asserted that a future sequel should dispense with the Myers story -- a view informed by disenchantment with the second film, and strangely at odds with Michael's indestructible nature and clear Freudian interpretations.
I'll happily concede that I could be entirely wrong about this. Halloween franchise production history is something I've investigated in light detail at best, despite being a huge horror fan.
I'll also concede that I haven't watched Halloween III for a very long time. I may revise my view on seeing it again, though this would require a pretty radical shift of opinion. Maybe there's a hook in there about media and ideology, or something of that nature. Out of interest, what do you "love" about the film?