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* Cochran is so passionate about pranks that he wants to play the biggest, deadliest prank of all time on the children of the United States...and that's exactly why he applauds Challis in the end. It's not simply because he's been "beaten." It's because Challis has ''out-pranked'' the ''prank-master'', earning his respect.

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* Cochran is so passionate about pranks that he wants to play the biggest, deadliest prank of all time on the children of the United States...and that's exactly why he applauds Challis in the end. It's not simply because he's been "beaten." It's because Challis has ''out-pranked'' the ''prank-master'', thus earning his respect.


* Conal Cochran has a reputation as a great jokester, but he doesn't seem that way at all in person. He seems like a thoroughly conventional and benevolent businessman. Later, he drops the facade when talking about the "prank" and we see he is in deadly earnest about murder... so it's entirely possible his genuine idea of a "prank" is not at all harmless fun but instead of death and mayhem.

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* Conal Cochran has a reputation as a great jokester, but he doesn't seem that way at all in person. He seems like a thoroughly conventional and benevolent businessman. Later, he drops the facade when talking about the "prank" and we see he is in deadly earnest about murder... so it's entirely possible his genuine idea of a "prank" is not at all harmless fun but instead of death and mayhem.mayhem.
* Cochran is so passionate about pranks that he wants to play the biggest, deadliest prank of all time on the children of the United States...and that's exactly why he applauds Challis in the end. It's not simply because he's been "beaten." It's because Challis has ''out-pranked'' the ''prank-master'', earning his respect.
** Alternatively, Cochran is applauding Challis ''sarcastically,'' patronizingly letting Challis think that his little act of defiance is a win when he really knows that, in the end, Challis won't be able to stop the broadcast and Cochran will still have the last laugh when it's all said and done.


* The Silver Shamrock masks come as the oddly specific trio of witch, skull, and Jack-O-Lantern. Given the creator's background, this could be because they represent the most important aspects of Samhain to him: Witchcraft and the supernatural(the Witch), death and sacrifice(The Skull), and the lighting of sacred lanterns(The Jack-O-Lantern).

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* The Silver Shamrock masks come as the oddly specific trio of witch, skull, and Jack-O-Lantern. Given the creator's background, this could be because they represent the most important aspects of Samhain to him: Witchcraft and the supernatural(the supernatural (the Witch), death and sacrifice(The sacrifice (The Skull), and the lighting of sacred lanterns(The lanterns (The Jack-O-Lantern).


** But the only reason Challis knows exactly what's going on with the masks and the signal is because Cochran's told him. Any parents in other time zones would probably be too frantic and terrified trying to save their children to put two and two together, especially when it comes to something as seemingly innocuous as a television commercial that they've seen about two million times across the past few days. Also, as the ''WebVideo/EightiesDan'' episode dealing with the movie suggests - we only see the adverts in one time zone; the others could have been at five, six, seven, or eight dependent upon where they are, and each time zone could have descended into general chaos with no-one thinking or knowing to call other TV stations in other time zones.

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** But the only reason Challis knows exactly what's going on with the masks and the signal is because Cochran's told him. Any parents in other time zones would probably be too frantic and terrified trying to save their children (and themselves, given the now-sudden outbreak of deadly rattlesnakes in people's houses across each timezone) to put two and two together, especially when it comes to something as seemingly innocuous as a television commercial that they've seen about two million times across the past few days. Also, as the ''WebVideo/EightiesDan'' episode dealing with the movie suggests - we only see the adverts in one time zone; the others could have been at five, six, seven, or eight dependent upon where they are, and each time zone could have descended into general chaos with no-one thinking or knowing to call other TV stations in other time zones.


** Assuming that parents and kids bought the masks at all. This was in the 1980s, there may be parents who wouldn't have been willing to spend a lot of money on something their kids was gonna wear one time, and kids who had allowances probably wasn't going to buy a mask (unless it was extremely cheap).

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** Assuming that parents and kids bought the masks at all. This was in the 1980s, there may be parents who wouldn't have been willing to spend a lot of money on something their kids was gonna wear one time, and kids who had allowances probably wasn't going to buy a mask (unless it was extremely cheap). Given the number of kids seen wearing the masks (even in conjunction with other costumes) and the fact that profit isn't Cochran's goal, it can likely be assumed the masks were indeed sold for very cheap.


** Assuming that every kid in America would even '''want''' to watch a marathon of horror movies. Yes, kids can handle scary stuff in media better than most people give them credit for, but there are still plenty of kids out there that would be too scared to even try watching a horror movie.

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** Assuming that every kid in America would even '''want''' to watch a marathon of horror movies. Yes, kids can handle scary stuff in media better than most people give them credit for, but there are still plenty of kids out there that would be too scared to even try watching a horror movie. However, the ads largely emphasize the giveaway more than the movie marathon (it's never revealed what movies besides ''Halloween'' would even be part of the marathon, and if the other films would air before or after the giveaway), and, as seen with the kids in the final scene, plenty of kids will tune in [[JustHereForGodzilla specifically for the giveaway]] without sitting through ''Halloween''. In this sense, the horror-thon could be read as simply a way to add legitimacy to the otherwise strange event.


* Buddy's head dissolving into the insects and snakes may have just been ''one variety'' of death. Perhaps the Witch and Skull masks would cause other forms of gruesome demise... perhaps even every mask would bring forward a different death.

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* Buddy's head dissolving into the insects and snakes may have just been ''one variety'' of death. Perhaps the Witch and Skull masks would cause other forms of gruesome demise... perhaps even every mask would bring forward a different death. Though Marge's misfire would seemingly indicate bugs and snakes are the primary means of death.



** Assuming that every kid in America has parents that would allow them to watch [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids R rated horror films]].

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** Assuming that every kid in America has parents that would allow them to watch [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids R rated horror films]]. Though it may have been a TV-edited version, and the original ''Halloween'' isn't an especially gruesome film.



** Assuming that every kid in America would actually buy these masks. As ''WebVideo/EightiesDan'' pointed out, a witch, a skull, and a jack-o-lantern are extremely generic, especially with no pre-made costume associated with them. Most kids would far prefer dressing up as their favorite pop-culture figures.

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** Assuming that every kid in America would actually buy these masks. As ''WebVideo/EightiesDan'' pointed out, a witch, a skull, and a jack-o-lantern are extremely generic, especially with no pre-made costume associated with them. Most kids would far prefer dressing up as their favorite pop-culture figures. The movie actually deals with this somewhat by showing that the masks are a popular ''accessory'' item, with many kids wearing them on top of a more traditional Halloween costume, possibly due to wanting to be eligible for the big giveaway.



* The commercials are said to be a part of "The Big Giveaway", presumably of toys and/or candy, and presumably wearing Silver Shamrock Masks are a requirement for this, but that just raises further questions. How did Cochran tell the public or the authorities who regulate such events how he was going to know who watched the comercial wearing one of his masks, and how he was going to provide candy or toys to the presumed millions who would attempt it? The chips in the mask's tags could be some kind of excuse, except people clearly don't know about them, and making the purported prizes too small or won by some kind of raffle would discourage a ton of potential victims.
** In all likelyhood, Cochran is expecting most kids to operate on the honour system. In a similar manner to how putting little to no effort into your Halloween costume doesn't necessarily disqualify you from Trick or Treating, but you'll look like a spoilsport doing it. The commercial encourages kids to do what Cochran wants, and even those who refuse might have the [[NiceJobBreakingItHero masks forced on them by peers, parents or chaperones]] who want everyone to play along.

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* The commercials are said to be a part of "The Big Giveaway", presumably of toys and/or candy, and presumably wearing Silver Shamrock Masks are a requirement for this, but that just raises further questions. How did Cochran tell the public or the authorities who regulate such events how he was going to know who watched the comercial commercial wearing one of his masks, and how he was going to provide candy or toys to the presumed millions who would attempt it? The chips in the mask's tags could be some kind of excuse, except people clearly don't know about them, and making the purported prizes too small or won by some kind of raffle would discourage a ton of potential victims.
** In all likelyhood, likelihood, Cochran is expecting most kids to operate on the honour system. In a similar manner to how putting little to no effort into your Halloween costume doesn't necessarily disqualify you from Trick or Treating, but you'll look like a spoilsport doing it. The commercial encourages kids to do what Cochran wants, and even those who refuse might have the [[NiceJobBreakingItHero masks forced on them by peers, parents or chaperones]] who want everyone to play along.


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* Time zones screw up Conal's plot somewhat. [[spoiler: If the final commercial goes off simultaneously, then it'll be midnight on the East Coast, and lots of his targets will be in bed. If it goes off at 9 on each time zone, then someone besides Challis should have managed to make the connection between the commercial and the masks -- maybe not by Central Time, but almost certainly by Mountain Time. The ending scene would have taken place long before Challis escapes Cochran's factory. Still, though, Cochran's guaranteed to massacre the children of at least one time zone]].

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* Time zones screw up Conal's plot somewhat. [[spoiler: If the final commercial goes off simultaneously, then it'll be midnight on the East Coast, and lots of his targets will be in bed. If it goes off at 9 on each time zone, then someone besides Challis should have managed to make the connection between the commercial and the masks -- maybe not by Central Time, but almost certainly by Mountain Time. The ending scene would have taken place long before Challis escapes Cochran's factory. Still, though, Cochran's guaranteed to massacre the children of at least one time zone]].zone.


* As Buddy watched his son die thanks to the mask, chances are he was horrified both from his only child dying and realizing he sold over a million of those things to children everywhere in America (meaning he was indirectly responsible for a good chunk of the people who die thanks to Cochran's "prank.").

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* As Buddy watched his son die thanks to the mask, chances are he was horrified both from his only child dying and realizing he sold over a million so many of those things to children everywhere in America (meaning he was indirectly responsible for a good chunk of the people who would die thanks to Cochran's "prank.").

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* As Buddy watched his son die thanks to the mask, chances are he was horrified both from his only child dying and realizing he sold over a million of those things to children everywhere in America (meaning he was indirectly responsible for a good chunk of the people who die thanks to Cochran's "prank.").


* Even countless nearby kids who did not have Silver Shamrock masks were also certainly killed. Considering the immediate swarm of vermin and vipers released, children investigating or trying to help their friends would have been doomed.

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* Even countless nearby kids who did not have Silver Shamrock masks were also certainly killed. Considering Little Buddy's parents were killed by the immediate resulting swarm of vermin and vipers released, vipers, children investigating or trying to help their friends would have been doomed.doomed as well.



** Given Buddy's parents seem to drop dead for no reason, there does appear to be more going on than immediately meets the eye.
*** The mother faints from shock (and is presumably killed by the insects afterwards), and the father is bitten by a snake.

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** Also, to be fair, the commercial specifically states to kids to "put on your masks and watch." But, that's assuming kids would be wanting to do so, and even if they have the masks.
** Assuming that parents and kids bought the masks at all. This was in the 1980s, there may be parents who wouldn't have been willing to spend a lot of money on something their kids was gonna wear one time, and kids who had allowances probably wasn't going to buy a mask (unless it was extremely cheap).

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** To be fair, Cochran never explicitly states that he intends for ''all'' children to be affected. Possibly he'd be satisfied to only kill ''enough'' of them that people will treat Halloween with the dread and respect he thinks the occasion has been denied.


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* Conal Cochran has a reputation as a great jokester, but he doesn't seem that way at all in person. He seems like a thoroughly conventional and benevolent businessman. Later, he drops the facade when talking about the "prank" and we see he is in deadly earnest about murder... so it's entirely possible his genuine idea of a "prank" is not at all harmless fun but instead of death and mayhem.

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