8 more days ’till Halloween!
Cast and Crew: Tommy Lee Wallace (Director/Writer); Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O’Herlihy, and Michael Currie
What It’s About: Halloween is approaching, and the company Silver Shamrock is dominating the costume market through the clever means of constantly reminding everyone how many days are left until Halloween. That’s not all that company owner Conal Cochran has in mind, as he plans a big surprise on All Hollows Eve for all the children who watch his announcement while wearing their Silver Shamrock masks.
Why Watch It Today?: The movie opens on October 23rd, with a pursued man clutching a Silver Shamrock mask. As a commercial helpfully points out, there are only 8 more days until Halloween!
Other Options: The Wizard, The Brain From Planet Arous
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