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Witchboard (1986)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  13 March 1987 (USA)
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A woman (Kitaen) finds an interest in her friend Brandon's Ouija Board when he brings it by her party.

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Linda Brewster
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Brandon Sinclair
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Lloyd
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Dr. Gelineau
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Storyline

At a party, a guest brings out a Ouija board, and they attempt to contact a spirit he knows. The spirit does appear, but it becomes apparent to the one who brought the Ouija board that this is an evil spirit that is impersonating his spirit, and despite warnings not to use the board alone, a woman uses it alone, and becomes harassed by the evil spirit, his goal to possess her so he can walk the earth again. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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This game could be fatal. Don't play it alone. See more »


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13 March 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diabelska plansza  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,369,373 (USA)
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Trivia

The house in the film was also used in Waxwork (1988) and Willard (1971). This Los Angeles home has since been "retired" as a filming location. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie, the child's spirit is said to be 10 years old. However, the birth/death dates later seen on his tombstone reveal him to have been born in October 1945 and died in August 1955 -- making him a few months shy of age 10. See more »

Quotes

Zarabeth: TTFN
Jim Morar: TTFN?
Brandon Sinclair: Ta Ta For Now.
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Connections

Followed by Witchboard III: The Possession (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Excerpts from 'BOHOR I' and 'ORIENT-OCCIDENT III'
Composed by Iannis Xenakis
Performed by Iannis Xenakis
Courtesy of Erato Disque
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Accentuates suspense over gore
13 August 1999 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that proves that you don't need a huge budget to make a quality horror film, or any film for that matter, but we are talking horror here. I had read many years ago that this film was made for less than a million dollars and even in 1985 that is chump change. But this film is so pure with it's suspence that you would think it was done by a major Hollywood studio with a ten million dollar budget.

When a witchboard is discovered it is at first played for fun. But then it becomes an obsession and it takes over the life of the woman that talks to it. A spirit named David is a little boy that may or may not be the spirit that is possessing the Witchboard and sometimes he is nice and other times he is down right nasty. There is also a great horror villains name in this film, Mal Veder, almost sounds like Darth Vader's distant cousin doesn't it?

What Witchboard does so well is it pays attention to detail and it pays attention to what made some of the great horror movies did. And what this manages to do is treat the camera like it is his best friend. The camera lurks mysteriously behind it's actors and beside them and above them and everywhere else. And what this does is it gives you the illusion that there is someone or something there, and that is the beauty of this film, you don't know if it really is someone or something there. This is great homage to some of the greats like Carpenter and Hitchcock.

Witchboard is a great 80's horror film and I like it for the fact that it is much more concerned with atmosphere than stupid blood and guts and unneccesary gore. 90's horror should watch films like this and use the same techniques to scare us. Blair Witch may have watched this but films like the Haunting and I Know.... and Idle Hands sure didn't.


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