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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Houghton ...
Rev. David Thompson
...
Inspector Sturgess
Lynn Carlin ...
Melinda Leahy
...
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
...
Justin Leahy (as Billy Jacoby)
Johnny Doran ...
Charlie
Bennett Liss ...
Arty
Joshua Cadman ...
Arlen (as Josh Cadman)
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Storyline

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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January 1985 (USA)  »

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The Witch  »

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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 »

Goofs

(Around 51:00) During the execution of the witch, her modern dental work, including a row of amalgam fillings, is visible. See more »

Quotes

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 Fright Show (1985) See more »

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Claws of the Pond Witch
29 October 2013 | by (Earth) – 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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