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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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Jim Morar
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Linda Brewster
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Brandon Sinclair
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James W. Quinn ...
Lloyd
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Dr. Gelineau
Gloria Hayes ...
Wanda
J.P. Luebsen ...
Malfeitor
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Ryan Carroll ...
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Clare Bristol ...
Anchorwoman
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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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Also Known As:

Diabelska plansza  »

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$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

When Zarabeth is being chased up stairs by the as yet unidentified spirit, you can see the shadow of a cameraman and a mic boom. See more »

Quotes

Zarabeth: Hang loose, stay cool, and don't forget your psychic humor.
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Referenced in Evil Deeds: Full Circle (2012) See more »

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Bump In The Night
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It isn't just a game
28 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Whether we believe in them or not, we've all messed around with a Ouija board at some point in our lives. They're great for parties, especially at Halloween time. They're also a great subject for a movie, but haven't been used too often. Two years before his 'Night of the Demons,' Kevin Tenney made this film where we see what can happen when someone doesn't use a Ouija board properly. The result isn't a genre classic, but is a fun and spooky romp.

Pros: Above average performances. Good score, sometimes chilling. Suspenseful direction. Fast paced. Has a good share of humor to keep things from getting too serious. Some effective shocks. Memorable death scenes. Quite well written.

Cons: Nothing new here. Very dated. Detective subplot goes nowhere. Finale could have used more oomph.

Final thoughts: Though not Earth-shattering, Kevin Tenney's film debut is a strong one. In a time when most Horror films featured zombies or masked madmen, 'Witchboard' was something a little different. It's got just about everything a hardcore Horror buff could ask for. Would make a great double feature with Tenney's next film.

My rating: 3.5/5


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