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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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Release Date:

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 »


When the father is trying to escape the witch, he looks in to a mirror, and you can see the cameraman's face moments before the mirror explodes. 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 Video Nasties: Draconian Days (2014) See more »

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"I don't understand any of this".
11 February 2011 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

An unusual, but rather enjoyable no-nonsense and wicked low-budget supernatural cursed haunted house feature that sees a Reverend and his family move into a strange, remote house with a horrific past. Mysterious occurrences begin to happen and people within the property start dieing or disappearing to only end up dead.

The plot is quite slight, with a premise relatively basic… revenge from beyond the grave --- a drowned witch (who appears in demon form hidden under a cloak with glimpses of her long green hands and evil laughter to go with it). Its set-pieces are there for nothing more than atmospheric shock effects (gory, but creative deaths), but director James W. Roberson effectively handles them and suitably paces the narrative with a dark, nervy energy. It plays out like a haunted house ride… false jumps to only pump out the real one within its predictable superstitious framework (the all mighty cross --- the torment of all evil and good for exploding doors). Also there's a real nasty streak, which doesn't hold back for anyone and this makes the downbeat ending even more fulfilling. The imagery is well-photographed (especially of the witch) and the score does pack that an ominous sting that crackles with intensity. The cast are committed with James Houghton, Larry Pennell, Lynn Carlin and Albert Salmi as a hard-pressed detective.

Silly, but lively 80s horror pulp that doesn't outstay its welcome.

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