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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
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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 victims who died were the lucky ones. See more »

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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 »

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During the flashback to 1692, as Father Andrew is getting murdered, they show his feet are shown flailing about. Problem is the materials (e.g. neoprene) used in his sandals would not be invented for another 250 years. See more »

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Ann Leahy: [slapping Cheryl] Shut your bitchy mouth!
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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

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Director influenced by Argento?
23 May 2005 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

After watching the opening 10 minutes of this film I was happy to see the director wasn't afraid to "show it all" in the area of gore. Stylistically, I would really be surprised if the director and/or cinematographer wasn't influenced by Dario Argento. Some of the music reminded me of a slight take on what Goblin did for Argento films- but no where near as well of course. The good thing about mimicking a maestro such as Argento is that you have good taste in film making. The bad thing is...not many can "do Argento" like Argento. So many will walk away thinking it is a cheap ripoff.

For those not familiar with Argento's work, you should find this to be a refreshing take on the horror genre in the 80s time period. If you are like me, I enjoy "grade Z" movies more then big budget films if they entertain me. It is about entertainment. This film entertained me. There were even a few times that I actually felt a little creepy tension- something that doesn't usually happen with lower budget flicks.

If you are looking for big budget romps, then keep on renting movies on the "new rental wall" at Blockbuster. Otherwise, you may have some fun with this one.


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