I really love this movie. It's nice to see some praise for it. I've seen it bashed for so long, mainly because Michael Myers isn't in it, but I've always found it to be a cool kind of B movie. Dan O'Herlihy is excellent as the villain and I love his speech about samhain. He brings a nice creepiness to the role of Cochrane, a man who hates what Halloween has become. "Kids go out begging for candy." For him it's like his religion and way of life and now it's become a mockery of what it originally was.
I have to give praise also to Dean Cundey as director of photography. He does such a great job with the look and feel for this film like he did on the previous two. For me, he is somewhat underappreciated when it comes to the work he did with Carpenter. They were a great team and I'd love to see them work together again. I'm surprised more horror directors haven't hired him.