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.



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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 ...
Heidi Bohay ...
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 <>

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January 1985 (USA)  »

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The Witch  »

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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 »


(at around 1 min) During the flashback to 1692, as the witch is being raised on a pole to be drowned in the lake, one of the villagers raising the post is wearing a wrist watch. See more »


Rev. David Thompson: How long has this violence been going on?
Elvira Sharack: Since 1692.
Rev. David Thompson: That's almost 300 years!
Elvira Sharack: My, you are clever!
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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

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Interesting and enjoyable effort
4 May 2015 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

After moving to a new house, a man finds that the local stories involving a witch drowned in a nearby lake are true and tries to stop the freed being of rampaging through the local townspeople in revenge for its death.

This was quite an enjoyable and entertaining effort that really has a lot going for it. One of the best here is the rather impressive body count throughout here which is mostly responsible for several other factors as well. The relentless pace this creates with all of the different encounters to produce such as the opening prank that results in the suspense of searching around the house before getting to the shock kills, as well as the big scenes such as the old-time trial of the witch in the dungeon along with the resolution in the different eras that amounts to even more fun here. Other big action scenes from the attack on the priest during the initial blessing or the cable repairman are quite fun with some great kills thrown in. that's where the vast majority of this works as the pace requires some rather bloody moments put into some incredibly fun action scenes, as the main attack scene here concerns the resurrected witch stalking and attacking the family in the house. The Gothic sensibilities attached to the house's appearance throughout the twisted hallways all the while the witch being back-lit for an even creepier look, the slowly approaching shadows give off a touch of suspense while the brawling manages a strong sense of action and the kills provide the gruesome, gory topping. Likewise, the final confrontation with the witch at the lake makes for some really enjoyable times as well, and the whole sense of the curse in here does manage to come across quite nicely in this one really building a cogent series of scenes throughout history to really showcase that to its' fullest. The original inquisition sequence is a highlight as well as the early accounts to the stories told about the previous inhabitants all the way up to the random attacks featured all along the course of the film. What really helps this factor is the cool blood and gore to accentuate what's happening to drive it home quite well and make for some rather fun times. There's not a whole lot here that doesn't work, and the biggest factor here is really the matter of why the events of the past don't seem to affect anyone, as if the growing body count doesn't serve as any potential warning about what's going on. On the whole, this makes the first half a little to tough to follow along and get into which is what keep this from really going all out like it should.

Rated R: Graphic Violence and Graphic Language.

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