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Superstition (1982)

 -  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

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Houghton ...
Rev. David Thompson
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Inspector Sturgess
Lynn Carlin ...
Melinda Leahy
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George Leahy
Jacquelyn Hyde ...
Elvira Sharack
Robert Symonds ...
Pike
Heidi Bohay ...
Ann Leahy
Maylo McCaslin ...
Sheryl Leahy
...
Elondra
Stacy Keach Sr. ...
Rev. Maier
Kim Marie ...
Mary
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Justin Leahy (as Billy Jacoby)
Johnny Doran ...
Charlie
Bennett Liss ...
Arty
Joshua Cadman ...
Arlen (as Josh Cadman)
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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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Superstition was extremely popular on pre-cert video in the UK on the VTC label in the early 1980s. So popular that it actually got a subsequent cinema release in 1984 under the title "The Witch" courtesy of Bordeaux Films International. This is one of the few times a video release was followed up by a theatrical release, rather than the other way around. It was then re-released by Stablecane under the title "The Witch" again on video shortly afterwards. See more »

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When Arty is hurled against the ceiling in the beginning, the rig holding him aloft is visible just before his head hits the ceiling in the long shot. The next shot is a closeup of his head and shoulders actually hitting, and the rig is gone. See more »

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Ann Leahy: [slapping Cheryl] Shut your bitchy mouth!
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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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