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Midnight Offerings (1981)

Vivian has magic powers. She doesn't hesitate to save her boyfriend David from failing in school by murdering teachers. However, David has gotten tired of her and is putting his charm on a ... See full summary »

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Vivian Sotherland
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Robin Prentiss
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David Sterling
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Emily Moore
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Sherm Sotherland
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Diane Sotherland
Ray Girardin ...
Clausen
Peter MacLean ...
Charles Prentiss
Jack Garner ...
Hugh Garvey
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Lily
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Herb Nemenz
Curt Ayers
Jack Bridges
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Monique
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Vivian has magic powers. She doesn't hesitate to save her boyfriend David from failing in school by murdering teachers. However, David has gotten tired of her and is putting his charm on a new girl in school, Robin. Robin discovers that she also has magic powers, and it comes to a mental showdown between the two women over David. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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If Vivian Sotherland Doesn't Get What She Wants ... You'll Get Yours!

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27 February 1981 (USA)  »

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The premise of the film is that one witch cannot directly use her powers on another witch; the attack will be deflected. But Vivian uses her powers to make her own mother, also a witch, break a glass in her fist. See more »

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Vivian Sotherland: I'm warning you Robin. You have one day to leave town peacefully, if not, you can leave in a box.
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Do they offer something better at 1 A.M.?
28 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

It's the Waltons vs. Little House On The Devil Worshipping Prairie. In other words... fun.

The ravishing, outgoing & confident Vivian rules the school. She's pretty, popular and dating the school stud. It's all about her and she aims to keep it that way. Did I mention that she can morph into a crow or a cat and she has a shrine to Satan set up in her bedroom? Enter Robin Prentiss: New girl in town. She's mousey, she's shy, and Vivian's boyfriend takes an immediate liking to her. You know what that means...Meow! Black cat-fight!

If you've seen "The Craft" then you've seen this. There are numerous similiarities, right down to the physical resemblances of the lead actresses. You know the drill: Good witch vs. Big Bad Bitch Witch. Good witch seeks out mentoring from old, dried-up, brittle witch (played here by Marion Ross, "Mrs. C." from Happy Days). They engage in supernatural combat by magically hurling household appliances at each other (the battle in the high-school shop class is priceless and lame, but mostly fun. Think: Attack of the killer paint-sprayer!)

Melissa Sue Anderson is a pure diva riot as Vivian, biggest witch in town, and she plays it to the hilt. Three cheers to Melissa Sue for a truly memorable screen villianess who's not afraid to apply her eye makeup with a butter-knife. Mary McDonough is less fun to watch, and her performance is perhaps a whisker above the realm of bad acting...but hey, the good girls in these kinds of movies are never that interesting to watch anyways.

Look for Vanna White and Dana Kimmel ("Friday The 13th Part 3") in sub-minor roles and pearl-clutching 80's mall fashions.

So bad it's good, accept the offer and have a laugh. Rent it. Then cast a cleansing spell on yourself to help you forget that you did.


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