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Superstition (1982)

Unrated | | Horror | January 1985 (USA)
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
...
Inspector Sturgess
Lynn Carlin ...
Melinda Leahy
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George Leahy
Jacquelyn Hyde ...
Elvira Sharack
Robert Symonds ...
Pike
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Ann Leahy
Maylo McCaslin ...
Sheryl Leahy
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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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The Witch  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

Ann Leahy: [slapping Cheryl] Shut your bitchy mouth!
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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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A surprisingly good film--albeit cliched
24 March 2002 | by (Malden, MA) – See all my reviews

This movie has all of the elements that you expect from a horror film--and I mean that in the best way! All right, it's admittedly low budget, but the frequent deaths, presented with almost metronomic spacing, are inventive and entertaining. Plus, it is a delight to see a film that really does have a supernatural grounding, instead of the so-tired slasher bit.

You should definitely watch this movie when you are alone at night--watching it with friends or in the daytime gives you too much chance to let the low budget distract you from the flow...


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