THE NIGHT NOBODY COMES HOME
1982 | 98 MINUTES | 2.35:1
PLOT | CAST | CREW | GOOFS | TRIVIA | RELEASE & RECEPTION | HOME VIDEO | SCRIPTS | ALTERNATE VERSIONS | MEDIA
When a terrified toy salesman is mysteriously attacked and brought to the hospital, babbling and clutching the year’s most popular Halloween costume, an eerie pumpkin mask, doctor Daniel Challis is thrust into a terrifying Halloween nightmare. Working with the salesman’s daughter, Ellie, Daniel traces the mask to the Silver Shamrock Novelties company and its founder, Conal Cochran. Ellie and Daniel uncover Cochran’s shocking Halloween plan and must stop him before trick-or-treaters across the country never come home in this terrifying thriller.
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Cast & Characters
- Tom Atkins as Dr. Dan Challis
- Stacy Nelkin as Ellie Grimbridge
- Dan O’Herily as Conal Cochran
- Michael Currie as Rafferty
- Ralph Strait as Buddy Kupfer
- Jadeen Barbor as Betty Kupfer
- Brad Schacter as Little Buddy
- Garn Stephens as Marge Guttman
- Nancy Kyes as Linda Challis
- Jonathan Terry as Starker
- Al Berry as Harry Grimbridge
- Wendy Wessberg as Teddy
- Essex Smith as Walter Jones
- Maidie Norman as Nurse Agnes
- John MacBride as Sheriff
- Loyd Catlett as Charlie
- Paddi Edwards as Secretary
- Norman Merrill as Red
- Patrick Pankhurst as Technician
- Dick Warlock as Assassin
- Martin Cassidy as Watcher
- Michelle Walker as Bella Challis
- Joshua John Miller as Willie Challis
- Jeffrey D. Henry as Motel Technician
- Michael W. Green as Technician #2
- Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace
- Written by Tommy Lee Wallace; John Carpenter (original rewrites, uncredited); Nigel Kneale (first draft, uncredited)
- Executive Produced by Moustapha Akkad, Dino De Laurentiis, Joseph Wolf and Irwin Yablans
- Produced by John Carpenter & Debra Hill
- Associate Producer: Barry Bernardi
- Composed by John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
- Edited by Millie Moore
- Cinematography by Dean Candy
The number of days until Halloween claimed in the Silver Shamrock jingle goes from 2 days to 3 days on the same day.
The digital clock in the room that Dr. Challis is locked in doesn’t correspond with the actions in the scene. It goes from 7:45 to 7:50, despite the actions in the scene only being a few moments long.
Ohio and New York are shown to be in daylight, while states on the west coast are already in night.
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Tom Atkins stated during press for the film that a few different endings were shot, and he had no idea which would be used. Unfortunately, none of those alternate endings have ever surfaced.
Due to time restraints on the film’s turn around, Stacy Nelkin was cast on the spot in her audition. She and Tom Atkins didn’t have time to properly get to know each other before having to shoot their love scene as their first scene together.
With a timeline from Saturday, October 23 to Sunday, October 31, Season of the Witch actively portrays the most amount of days of any Halloween film next to Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake.
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Release & Reception
as of February 2023
Release Date: October 22, 1982
Budget: $2,500,000 ($8,890,908.53 in 2023)
Domestic Gross: $14,400,000
MetaCritic: 50 (MetaScore); 5.9/10 (User Score)
Rotten Tomatoes: 51% (Critics); 28% (Audience)
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In comparison to the second film, Season of the Witch is rather tame when it comes to alternate versions. As the result of the film’s 98-minute running time, television airings could simply censor any language and cut the scenes of violence short, and still not have a need to add any additional footage in. As such, Season of the Witch remains one of the few films in the franchise with no significant additional footage.
Several international versions of the film released in the 1980s would feature alternate sound mixes and even some alternate takes of the kills to account for foreign censors. More can be read about them on the home video releases page.
The most notable release is that of the 1998 GoodTimes DVD. The film is presented with an alternate sound mix. In addition, the decapitation and Marge’s electrocution are slightly extended in this version. Though presented in letterboxed, content wise, it is the most uncut of all Season of the Witch releases.