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Bay Coven (1987)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Thriller  -  25 October 1987 (USA)
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A young newlywed couple move into a remote village in middle America only to find a secret coven of witches who want them to join all the fun; or face the consequences.

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Linda Lebon
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Jerry Lebon
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Beatrice Gower
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Josh McGwin
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Slater
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Debbi McGwin
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A young newlywed couple move into a remote village in middle America only to find a secret coven of witches who want them to join all the fun; or face the consequences. Written by Matt Voysey <mdv94r@ecs.soton.ac.uk>

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25 October 1987 (USA)  »

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Premiered the same night as game 7 of the 1987 World Series where the Minnesota Twins defeated the St. Louis Cardinals to win the championship. See more »

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Effective TV film from 1987 -- better than "Rosemary's Baby"
12 April 2013 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

"Bay Coven" is a 1987 TV film also known as "Bay Coven" and (God knows why) "Eye of the Demon." It stars Pamela Sue Martin and Tim Matheson as a couple that move to an island off the coast of Massachusetts where they run afoul of a coven of witches. Woody Harrelson of "Cheers" is also on hand as a friend of the couple.

The story is engrossing, mysterious & creepy and the cast is fabulous. The witches all attempt to present themselves as normal neighbors but fail completely -- there's just something NOT RIGHT about them. The island locations are also a highlight.

Pamela Sue Martin is very alluring as the one who slowly unravels the mystery, which is fitting since she used to play mystery-sleuth Nancy Drew.

"Bay Coven" has been called the TV version of "Rosemary's Baby" and, to some degree, "The Amityville Horror", but -- believe it or not -- although "Bay Coven" is not as good on a technical level due to it's TV budget, it's actually better as far as plot, story and locations go. It's just more engrossing. It also has been compared to "The Devil's Rain," but let's just say it wouldn't take much to be better than that piece of crap.

On the downside, the final act is cartoony with its overt depiction of the coven, but that's almost always the case when films attempt to show witches or satanists and their diabolical doings. Look no further than the final scenes of "Rosemary's Baby." Still, most everyone who signs on for a film like this do so with the understanding that they'll see a group of weirdo occultists and the film provides this, cartoony or not.

GRADE: B+


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