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Superstition (1982)

Unrated | | Horror | January 1985 (USA)
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A witch put to death in 1692 swears vengeance on her persecutors and returns to the present day to punish their descendants.



(screenplay) (as Donald G. Thompson), (story) | 2 more credits »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Houghton ...
Rev. David Thompson
Inspector Sturgess
Lynn Carlin ...
Melinda Leahy
George Leahy
Jacquelyn Hyde ...
Elvira Sharack
Robert Symonds ...
Ann Leahy
Maylo McCaslin ...
Sheryl Leahy
Stacy Keach Sr. ...
Rev. Maier
Kim Marie ...
Justin Leahy (as Billy Jacoby)
Johnny Doran ...
Bennett Liss ...
Joshua Cadman ...
Arlen (as Josh Cadman)


A family moves into a long-condemned New England household with a big pond out back that everybody loves to swim in. Soon, however, they find that the pond was the site of the execution- by-drowning of a witch three hundred years before, and she's back to revenge herself on anybody nearby, whether they're Catholic or not. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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You'll believe it just before you die... See more »




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January 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Witch  »

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Did You Know?


The film was listed on Greater Manchester Police's list of films subject to seizure during the UK video nasty scare of the 1980's. It was later released fully uncut in 1986 (as "The Witch") on the Stablecane label, and under its original title in 2005 by Momentum. See more »


Near the end after all Hell has broken loose the 2 girls run out of their rooms and Ann is wearing a 1 piece nightgown that is off white, when one of the men come back to tell them to get out of the house she is now wearing a 2 piece purple outfit (panties and top). See more »


Ann Leahy: [slapping Cheryl] Shut your bitchy mouth!
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Referenced in Fright Show (1985) See more »

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Claws of the Pond Witch
29 October 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Near an abandoned old house, a young couple parked for sex is interrupted by pranksters. The pair gets spooked off, and then the area is visited by a real monster. This turns out to be a witch drowned in a swampy pool of water on the property, probably. The angry 300-year-old creature intends to grab the entire cast, one-by-one, and murder them in ways which show the greatest amount of gore permitted for the cameras, apparently. This is all happening for reasons which will likely leave your brain immediately after they are explained, in forgettable flashback...

Our star is handsome wavy-haired reverend James Houghton (as David Thompson). He helps get the house ready for the family of alcoholic fellow reverend Larry Pennell (as George Leahy) and his wife Lynn Carlin (as Melinda). Police investigator Albert Salmi (as Sturgess) and Mr. Houghton stick around for the murders. They admire Mr. Pennell's nubile daughters Heidi Bohay (as Ann) and Maylo McCaslin (as Sheryl). They are admirable. Other than that and the gore, it's nice to see little brother Billy Jayne-Jacoby (as Justin) shares my glass-dusting finger check.

***** Superstition (8/26/82) James W. Roberson ~ James Houghton, Albert Salmi, Larry Pennell, Lynn Carlin

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