Awesome Music: Not just the famous Silver Shamrock jingle (see below) but the general musical themes. You could tell this was a John Carpenter movie from the first seconds.
Bizarro Episode: For the franchise. Although, if the original plans for an anthology movie series had continued this would've been averted (depending on what the other films would've been like).
Broken Base: Many people were outraged at the lack of any continuity with the first two films, and in general this film is written off as a bizarre non sequitur. Others, though, think that Carpenter's anthology idea was promising, but unfairly killed by fans who wouldn't accept a Halloween film without Michael Myers.
Complete Monster: In this In-Name-Only sequel, Conal Cochran is the CEO of Silver Shamrock Novelties, a company known for its Halloween masks, which it shipped all over the United States. Cochran had built these masks with a computer chip made from a fragment of Stonehenge. When Silver Shamrock's commercial would air on Halloween night, the chip was to unleash a lethal swarm of insects and snakes, killing the wearer and anyone in the immediate vicinity. Cochran is shown demonstrating how these masks work on an innocent family, causing them to be poisoned and eaten. His plan is to kill thousands of children all over the country, partially to bring back the darker aspects of the Celtic festival Samhain, which he connects to witchcraft, but also just because he considers this mass murder to be a fun joke, the best ever in fact, because it's a joke on the children.
Contested Sequel: While this film has gained a cult following, it still tends to be polarizing to fans of other Halloween films.
Writer/director Tommy Lee Wallace would go on, eight years later, to direct the miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's It— another film about a complete monster who kills children.
Daniel O'Herlihy plays a Corrupt Corporate Executive, something that Daniel would be well known portraying in the RoboCop films as "The Old Man." Both of Daniel's roles even had companies that are populated with cyborgs (well, Cochran's are robots designed to resemble humans, while "The Old Man" has several that were built from those who used to be human).