While audiences were confused with this Michael Myers-less entry in the series (sitting in the theater, fans were screaming 'where's the boogey man?!?!), it ain't a bad flick. It just shouldn't have been called Halloween 3, though the 'trinity' of masks certainly fit...The plot features the always decent Tom Atkins, playing a doctor, who ends up working with a chick named Ellie, whose father was killed a few days before Halloween in Atkin's hospital while holding a strange halloween mask...Tracking the maskmaker down, our heroes end up in a bizarre town where the masks are made...and uncover a conspiratorial plan through the use of black magic to take over the world on Halloween...kind of an Invasion Of The Body Snatchers meets a doomsday cult...Some great gore effects, nice tension, wicked camerawork, and a great little love scene with Ellie. She should have been a scream queen! The music here, chalk full of stingers and bizarre sounds, is one of Carpenter and Howarth's best. Also see if you can spot 'Annie' from the original 'Halloween' in an all-new role!An enjoyable flick all around, and the pessimistic ending was a real treat! You don't see that too much in films anymore.